Late photographer Diane Arbus to “speak” at Yale

The recorded voice of Diane Arbus (1923 –1971), part of a slide show presentation she prepared before her death, will kick off a public discussion at Yale about the legendary photographer’s work on Wednesday, April 4.

The free and public event takes place at 6 p.m. at the Robert I McNeil Jr. Lecture Hall of the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. (York Street entrance).

The three eminent authorities who will take part in the discussion are: Alexander Nemerov, the Vincent Scully Professor of the History of Art at Yale; Jeff L. Rosenheim, curator of photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; and Neil Selkirk, photographer and longtime printer for the estate of Diane Arbus. The panel will be moderated by Joshua Chuang, assistant curator of photographs, Yale Art Gallery.

Often identified as “the photographer of freaks,” Arbus is best known for her haunting and surreal black and white pictures of people on the margins of society. Among the most recognizable photographs that helped make Arbus an icon of American culture are her portraits of identical twin girls with strangely incongruous facial expressions, a boy in Central Park clutching a toy hand grenade; a drag queen in hair rollers holding a cigarette, and a Jewish giant at home in the Bronx with his parents.