The following six essays are intended as three exchanges around three topics—the autonomy of the photographic image, automatism, and time and meaning—that will be the themes of three panels in a two-day conference at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 13 and 14, 2015.  The conference is sponsored by the museum and by the Mellon Foundation and is being organized by  We are looking for creative approaches to these themes that will engage with works in the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection at LACMA.  Send proposals for session papers to  Proposals must be submitted by November 15, 2014.