Upcoming & Recent News and Updates
It has been a while since I posted some updates, but many things have happened! In brief, I am now "ABD" (all but dissertation) and researching and writing my dissertation, which is entitled “‘Picture Ahead! Kodak as you go’: The Kodak Picture Spot Sign in American Photography, Visual and Material Culture, and the Touristic Landscape” (working title). Please see the Bio section for more active updates as well as my CV.
I was invited by the Canadian non-profit Magenta Foundation to curate an exhibition of regional photographers for their Flash Forward Festival held in May. Together with Michelle Lamunière, BU alum and former Assistant Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums, we brought together 10 regional photographers for Cultivated: New Photography from New England, which opened to record crowds. You can view images of the installation here.
I was delighted and honored to be invited to participate in a collective exhibition selected by 65 participants with connections to Wellesley College, past and present. Each participant was asked to select and write about up to four photographs to be featured in an exhibition and catalog: A Generous Medium: Photography at Wellesley 1972-2012, Davis Museum at Wellesley College, September 12 - December 16, 2012. My featured photographers included Greg Heins (documenting Nancy Holt), Timothy O’Sullivan, Carrie Mae Weems, and Abelardo Morell. For images of the innovative installation, please click here.
I served as one of the jurors for the fine arts section of the All School Show at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Later in April, I also gave a public lecture and visited several classes at Montserrat College of Art as a part of the gallery's visiting artist program.
I am delighted to be a Visiting Lecturer in the Art Department at Wellesley College for 2011/2012. I am teaching courses in Modern and 19th-Century Art. This coming summer, I will again teach a section of the History of Photography at BU.
This spring, I finished my PhD coursework. This summer, I will be teaching the History of Photography at BU and begin working on a few independent writing projects. I am also pleased to have a paper accepted to Professor Alan Wallach's panel, "Rethinking the Hudson River School" at SECAC; the conference will occur in November at SCAD. Lastly, I will again serve as a pre-screener and juror for Photolucida's Critical Mass competition.
My presentation was selected to represent Boston University's History of Art & Architecture department at the Frick-IFA/NYU art history symposium, jointly sponsored by the Frick Collection and the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. I will present my paper on artists' viewsheds in April. Browse last year's program here.
In addition, look for my essay in Sandi Haber Fifield's forthcoming book Between Planting and Picking (Charta, 2011). You can preview it on amazon.com, photo-eye, or on Charta's website, in Italian (click the flag above to read it in English).
The exhibition that I curated at PAAM, Traces, received an excellent review by Cate McQuaid in the Boston Globe. Although in a different context, I was also mentioned in another review in the Globe by Mark Feeney just a few days later (see second to last paragraph).
Traces: Daniel Ranalli, Cape Work 1987-2007, an exhibition I curated, will open soon at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (October 15, 2010 - January 16, 2011). I also served on the abstract selection committee for the SPE Northeast Regional Conference to be held at RISD, November 5-7, 2010.
I am currently working on an exhibition of Daniel Ranalli's environmental Cape-based works for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum; it will open in October. I have also been asked by Sandi Haber Fifield to contribute an essay to her forthcoming book, Between Planting and Picking (Charta, 2011).
I presented a poster at the Emerging Landscapes conference sponsored by the University of Westminster, London, UK. The presentations, keynotes, and delegates were wonderful.
I finished my first full year of coursework as a Ph.D. student. In other news, Mark Feeney recently reviewed Out of the Box, the exhibition I curated for the deCordova Museum, in the Boston Globe. You can read the positive review here.
Two exhibitions that I curated recently opened: Out of the Box: Photography Portfolios from the Permanent Collection for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (October 24, 2009 – October 2010) and the 2009 Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Awards (November 13, 2009 – January 24, 2010) for the PRC. You can explore the Godowsky Awards special website by clicking here.
My essay and interview on and with Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of the journal of the Society of Photographic Education, exposure. You can read the essay here (please note, two footnotes were mistakenly dropped at the design stage and this was corrected in a subsequent issue).
After serving close to eight years as curator of the Photographic Resource Center, I am delighted to announce that I will begin the Ph.D. program in art history at Boston University in fall 2009 as a full-time student. I will focus on the history of photography.
I was an invited curator for New Art Collective 2009, a summer biennial featuring contemporary artists selected by a small group of Boston area curators, shown at Montserrat College of Art Gallery. I selected Deb Todd Wheeler to show her work in the show, Salt of the Earth. It runs June 5 through July 24.
I am curating an exhibition for the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum of Art showcasing their fine photography collection to debut in fall 2009. I am also helping to organize a mid-career retrospective of Dan Ranalli's work for the Provincetown Art Museum in winter 2010.
Bruce and I attended SPE In Dallas. I will be also traveling to the University of Plymouth in the UK to give a paper for their conference, "Repeats & Returns: Framing Time and Place in Photography," in April.
My landscape exhibition, New England Survey, traveled to the Fruitlands Museum and will be on display until December 21st.
I have been asked to be a proposal reviewer for the Society of Photographic Education's national conference. I will also be teaching a course, "Contemporary Trends," as a part of RISD's photo department this coming fall.
I will be reviewing for the Cambridge Art Association in May and the Artist's Professional Toolbox program in June. I will also be a visiting guest for RISD's grad photo department in April and the Art Institute of Boston's senior critiques in May.
Mark Feeney, resident art, photo, and culture critic at the Boston Globe, won the Pultizer Prize in Criticism; I am honored to report that one of the 10 stories with which Mark was nominated and won was his review for the PRC exhibition Picture Show. You can read all of Mark Feeney’s nominated, prize-winning stories here.
I went to Fotofest and SPE in March, see the pics here.
Picture Show won an award from the New England chapter of AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d'art, the International Association of Art Critics). In the category of “Best Show in a University or College Gallery," Picture Show took second place. See the pics of the ceremony here. We were also featured on the audiocast Bad at Sports.
The PRC's 2007 Boston Cybearts offering was featured in the Boston Phoenix's 2007 Art in Review. I am proud to report that the good art folks there counted the show that I curated, Picture Show, as among the best of 2007. Read my blog post here.
Lissa Rivera - a past NEO online as well as PRC intern - was chosen as the Massachusetts artist to show in Women to Watch at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in D.C. I was thrilled to be asked to nominate the Massachusetts artists and that Lissa was chosen for this honor. Currently, she has work showing at Gallery Kayafas.
In November, I was a visiting critic at Montserrat College of Art. I gave a talk on the PRC exhibition AD | AGENCY, spoke in their senior seminar, and visited the student's studios.
I was interviewed about Claire Beckett's work for a story on Boston's NPR station, WBUR. I showed Claire's work in the PRC exhibition DOCUMENT. Listen to it here.
Greg Cook wrote a most excellent article on Neil Salley and le Musée Patamécanique that ran recently in the Boston Globe. I spoke with Greg about le Musée and he quoted me. Read it here and go visit the museum.
The PRC's Exposure exhibition, juried by Jen Bekman, was featured on Flak Photo in July and Northeast Exposure Online (NEO) is suggested reading.
In April, I was a portfolio reviewer for Photolucida in Portland, Oregon and also reviewed for their competition Critical Mass. Portfolios from Critical Mass's top 50 artists are now posted online.
In other news: I am quoted on a book jacket and on amazon.com.