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Places & Spaces: Art in Global Context

Art Focus Program in 2 Parts

Thursday, 20th April 2023

6:45 pm Registration

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Part 1 – Photography and the Language of Advertising

April is PhotoFairs Month in Shanghai. To coincide, we turn our gaze to the art of photography with an intriguing two-part Art Focus series that will investigate the relationship between image and consumption.

For Part 1, RAS Art Focus will host a special collaboration with the prestigious LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) with a presentation entitled "Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising" delivered by Rebecca Morse, Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA. This unique lecture was developed by Ms. Morse as part of LACMA's members-only Art 101 program to supplement the exhibition of the same title that she curated. Whether you are an avid photographer or admirer of photographic works, this well-researched study will expand the ways in which you have viewed photography in the past and reveal the expressive techniques artists have employed to extend the possibilities of achieving new vocabularies in advertising.

Please note the lecture is a pre-recorded talk. Due to the time difference, the curator will not be available for Q&A and the session will be moderated by Julie Chun, Art Historian and RAS China Art Focus Convenor.

For more information about LACMA, please visit:

For information about the exhibition "Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising," please visit:

Art Labor Gallery has generously offered the use of their gallery space for this lecture. We will be meeting in the charming historical home that is now the new venue of Art Labor.

No. 2, Lane 19, Wulumuqi Middle Road

Jing'an District, Shanghai, China

Metro: Line 7 Changshu Rd, Exit 8, about 10 minutes walk

Complimentary to RAS Members and Friends and Donors of RAS.

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  • Rebecca Morse (Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA)

    Rebecca Morse

    Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA

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