Curator Talk with Dr. Allison Moore
Join MFA Curator of Photography Dr. Allison Moore for a look at the art and artists featured in From Margins to Mainstays: Highlights from the Photography Collection, the museum’s newest photography exhibition.
Featuring masterworks from the photography collection created by artists whose careers and personal lives were sidelined, ignored, or impacted by their gender, race, sexuality, or nationality. From Margins to Mainstays illustrates the evolution of photography, with particular emphasis on rectifying the small percentage of women and artists of color historically acquired by and displayed in public collections. The exhibition will include works by Berenice Abbott, Lotte Jacobi, Carrie Mae Weems, Lee Miller, Cornelius Marion Battey, James Van Der Zee, and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.
Dr. Allison Moore specializes in poetry and contemporary African art and photography, exploring postcolonial, feminist, and aesthetic theories. She earned her MFA in Writing (Poetry) in 2020 from Pacific University; a Ph.D. in Art History from The Graduate Center, CUNY; an MA in Liberal Studies from Northwestern University, and her AB from Smith College. She recently curated the MFA special exhibition, Copper, Silver, Salt, Ink: The Chemistry of Photography’s Enduring Desires.