Small, rare, expansive, valuable—for centuries such were the only mirrors in existence. The myths of Narcissus or Perseus bear witness to an early curiosity towards reflecting surfaces. From Antiquity to the present, the mirror has been invested with exceptional symbolic importance, endowed with magical and often disturbing powers. Site of the divine (it radiates light) or, on the contrary, of the demonic (illusions imply trickery), it ushers us into the realms of spirituality or dreams. Come and see great examples of how artists (painters and photographers alike) have used the ambiguity, fragmentation, and perceptual confusion inherent to our looking-glass world to ask us unfamiliar and unsettling questions.
The same conference will be offered three times.
Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666