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Art Talk Live: Collecting, Curating, and Teaching: Photography at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the Fogg Museum

This image presents an African American photographer grasping his camera, which is covered with sample portraits, outside a restaurant.
Ben Shahn, American, Itinerant photographer in Columbus, Ohio, 1938. Gelatin silver print. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Transfer from the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 2.2002.3004.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event requires registration; see further details below.

This talk focuses on how curators Davis Pratt, at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the Fogg Museum, and Barbara Norfleet, at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, collected and curated photographs as teaching tools beginning in the 1960s. Curatorial fellow Jackson Davidow will also consider what types of photography were prioritized in these early collections, and whose images and voices were left out.

Led by:
Jackson Davidow, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

This talk is part of the series Fresh Perspectives, an initiative that centers the role of the museumgoer. Like talks in the ReFrame series, these programs highlight diverse voices and broad interpretations of difficult histories and untold narratives. This approach encourages visitors to consider alternative ways of understanding an object, culture, or theme.

This talk will take place online via Zoom. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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Art Talks Live are presented via Zoom and offer an up-close look at works from our collections with our team of curators, conservators, fellows, and graduate students.

The Harvard Art Museums are committed to accessibility for all visitors. For anyone requiring accessibility accommodations for our programs, please contact us at at least 48 hours in advance.