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March – April 2020 The Curators

Judging from a short stroll with Sarah Meister through the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art on a recent chilly morning, nobody at MoMA is a stranger to her. She greets everybody by name, cheerfully. Meister, curator of photography, has been at MoMA for 23 years, which might account for…

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January – February 2020 The Curators

When Katherine Bussard was growing up in Indianapolis, IN, her parents regularly took her to museums. They tended not to amble, though, keeping a brisk pace so that their daughter would not get bored. In fact, the young Bussard enjoyed museums immensely, and finally she protested, demanding that they stop…

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November – December 2019 The Curators

When Christopher McCall became the director of Pier 24 Photography, the San Francisco exhibition space that houses the permanent collection of the Pilara Foundation, the collection included about 2,500 objects. Today it includes more than 5,500 individual images (counting all of the images in individual portfolios), and Pier 24 is…

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September – October 2019 The Curators

When Sarah Kennel completes the installation of Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, which opens at Atlanta’s High Museum on October 19, she’ll know the exhibition backwards and forwards, inside and out.  It will be the third time she installs the show, which she began working on when she was a…

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July – August 2019 The Curators

  Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art July 3 through September 22, focuses on the role of photography in the scientific investigation and artistic interpretation of the moon. The show glides back and forth between science and art, sometimes…

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May – June 2019 The Curators

  Thirteen years ago, when Ashlyn Davis was right out of high school, she worked as an intern at the Houston Center for Photography (HCP). Today, she runs the place. The multifaceted organization shows contemporary photography, ranging from surreal images by Fumi Ishino to Morgan Ashcom’s series What the Living…

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March – April 2019 The Curators

    How often does it happen that the job you dream of when you’re starting out is the job you wind up having, happily, more than 30 years in? Anne Havinga, the Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Chair of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is that lucky…

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January – February 2019 The Curators

Back in 2012, when Seth Feman joined the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, VA, as the manager of interpretation, he thought he’d be there for a year or so. He had just finished a fellowship at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., when the Chrysler brought him in to work…

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November – December 2018 The Curators

  “It’s a special job,” says Makeda Best, referring to her position as the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Best approaches photography as a fine art, of course, but also as a teaching tool. “I collect and install strategically,” she says. “How is it…

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