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Intersections and Disjunctions: The Institutional Profiles of ‘American’ Photography

Moschovi, Alexandra (2021) Intersections and Disjunctions: The Institutional Profiles of ‘American’ Photography. In: Making American Photographies: Writing Histories of Photography and the United States, 16 Nov - 18 Nov 2021, Online (Rijkmuseum, the Netherlands).

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With a brief reference to the beginnings of photography’s institutionalisation as contemporary art in the early twentieth century, this presentation sought to map the different ways American photography was defined in the collecting and exhibiting cultures and strategies of arbiter-of-taste North American museums. Focusing on landmark exhibitions, it highlighted how different institutional profiles prescribed the ‘Americaness’ of American photography through distinctly different appreciations of the medium, as belonging to photography itself, or situated within the wider fields of visual arts.

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Additional Information: MAKING AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHIES: Writing Histories of Photography and the United States The Rijksmuseum announces two online gatherings of scholars considering the equation “American + Photography.” These events convene an international group working inside and outside art museums—Clara Bouveresse (Université d'Evry/Paris Saclay), Alexandra Moschovi (University of Sunderland), Leigh Raiford (University of California at Berkeley), Leslie Ureña (Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery), and Natalie Zelt (Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in American Photography, Rijksmuseum). These original presentations will offer examinations of methods and possibilities in histories of photography and of the United States considered side-by-side. Presentations will be followed by discussions and public Q&A facilitated by Monica Bravo (University of Southern California) and Emily Voelker (University of North Carolina Greensboro). These forums endeavor to showcase new outcomes and questions for writing the history of art, photography, and the United States that occur when grappling with differing contexts.
Uncontrolled Keywords: exhibition histories, art museum, collecting, Museum of Modern Art (New York), American photography
Depositing User: Alexandra Moschovi


Item ID: 14469

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