Underexposed? Curating Exhibitions on Women Photographers.

Sarah Kennel and Andrea Nelson will discuss some of the critical issues at stake in the organization of exhibitions focused exclusively on women photographers. Kennel’s Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection is currently on view at the High Museum of Art. The exhibition showcases more than one hundred photographs from the museum’s collection, many of them never before on view, and explores the contributions of women photographers to the medium. Nelson’s upcoming The New Woman Behind the Camera features more than 120 international photographers and explores the pathbreaking work made by women from around the world during the 1920s to the 1950s. The exhibition presents a geographically, culturally, and artistically diverse range of practitioners to advance new conversations about the history of modern photography and the continual struggle of women to gain creative agency and self-representation.

Sarah Kennel is the High Museum of Art’s Donald and Marilyn Keough Family Curator of Photography, where she is currently preparing an exhibition on the history of photography in the American South. Recent projects include exhibitions on Sally Mann, Olivia Parker and John Thomson. From 2015 to 2019, Kennel served as the Byrne Family Curator of Photography at the Peabody Essex Museum. Kennel previously served for nine years as a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Andrea Nelson is associate curator in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She has organized several exhibitions on modern and contemporary photography and video art at the National Gallery where she also serves as cochair of the museum’s Time-based Media Art Working Group. Previous research and publications have focused on the history of the photobook.

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