This afternoon marked the first of two days of USC's Visual Studies Research Institute symposium on Visual History - The Past in Pictures. Today's session and reception was at the Velaslavasay Panorama on 24th st - once upon a time, an early moving pictures theater in LA, and now resuscitated as a tiny, but perfectly formed panorama, a conference space, and a pretty, leafy, delightful back yard. Here are three dear friends and, in different ways, colleagues - Megan Luke, Jeremy Melius, and Allan Doyle, under an apricot tree.
We could, in point of fact, have just wandered up the street in front of some visual history - here's some ox ploughing in front of a very active volcano;
here's Mohammed Ali.
And here, back inside the Velaslavsay, are two shots of the Panorama of the arctic, which caused Jeremy and myself simultaneously to exclaim - "Man Proposes, God Disposes!"