Deborah Martin Kao Sits Down with Gary Schneider


Last month, our chief curator Deborah Martin Kao sat down with artist Gary Schneider to discuss his portrait work and the recent publication of his book Portrait Sequences 1975 (onestar press, 2012). The lively conversation, part of New York Public Library’s An Art Book series, focused on Schneider’s eclectic practice, which involves developing photographic “portraits” from negatives imprinted by body heat, sweat, and medical specimens. They also discussed the survey exhibition Gary Schneider: Portraits, curated by Kao at the Harvard Art Museums in 2004, which included portrait sequences. The exhibition’s catalogue was the first publication to examine his innovative portrait work.

Listen to their conversation on the New York Public Library website.

Image: Gary Schneider, Self-Portrait, 1975, Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.