Bernd and Hilla Becher and the photographic afterlife of heavy industry


Lucy Healthwriter, cultural and academic critic
Owen Hatherley
cultural editor, Grandstand
Jeff L. Rosenheim
Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in charge, Department of Photographs, The Met

Artists Bernd and Hilla Becher focused on a single subject: the vanishing industrial architecture of Western Europe and North America that fueled the modern era. Their photographic typologies of industrial architecture can be considered, among other things, as a memorial to the places of modern industry and the monoliths it imposed on the landscape. Join scholars and writers for a discussion on how these photographs are interpreted today and how they might be viewed in the future.

Free, but prior registration required. Please note: For free programs, we usually over-record to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, although the advance registration does not guarantee admission once the amphitheater reaches capacity.

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The conversation will also be recorded and available for viewing after the event.

Presented alongside the exhibition Bernd and Hilla Becher.

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Image: Bernd and Hilla Becher, gravel plants, 1988–2001. Gelatin silver prints. Courtesy of the Walther Collection. © Estate Bernd & Hilla Becher, represented by Max Becher

Michael E. Marquez