The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Artist’s Talk: Photographer Duane Michals Presents “A Socratic Dialogue”

Thursday, Sep. 24, 2015

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


Artist Duane Michals discusses his career as a photographer, writer, and filmmaker. Bridging the gap between photography and philosophy, Michals’ work grapples with questions of metaphysics, personal identity, and the nature of memory.

Following the talk, Michals will be available to sign copies of his books. Only copies purchased at the MFAH will be signed. In addition, Michals will present a Master Class at Houston Center for Photography from 10 am-4 pm on Friday, September 25, 2015.

Image: Duane Michals, Self-portrait, courtesy DC Moore Gallery, New York. © Duane Michals

About the Artist Talk

One of the great photographic innovators of the last century, Michals (born 1932) is widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. Michals first made significant creative strides in the field during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, he manipulated the medium to communicate narratives through sequences that appropriate cinema’s frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated handwritten text in his works, adding another dimension to the images’ meaning and giving voice to his singular musings—poetic, tragic, and humorous, often all at once.

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  • Wednesday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sunday , 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    • Monday (Except selected holidays) | Closed.
    • Tuesday | Closed.
    • Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day | Closed.
  • • $5 MFAH Members • $10 Nonmembers

Directions & Parking

  • Law Building, Brown Auditorium Theater

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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