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Intallation image: Klea McKenna, No Feeling is Final, 2020

Online Talk: Corey Keller, Close to Home
Thursday, July 22, 2:00-3:00pm
Free for members, $10 for non-members
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Please join curator Corey Keller as she discusses her curatorial process and her exhibition Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis currently on view at SFMOMA through September 5, 2021.

Sign up and secure your spot below before 5:00pm July 21. Space is limited. We will meet through Zoom conferencing and a URL will be sent to those who register the evening before.

Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis brings together seven Bay Area artists ― Carolyn Drake, Rodney Ewing, Andres Gonzalez, James Gouldthorpe, Klea McKenna, Tucker Nichols, and Woody De Othello ― and their deeply personal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and social upheaval of 2020. Their projects emerged from the profound curtailing of daily life that resulted from shelter in place: the disruption of routines and the inaccessibility of studios or materials, the instability in employment, and the delicate and sometimes untenable balance struck between family needs and work obligations. These challenges demanded an adaptive way of working; rather than closing off opportunities, the constraints prompted new approaches and new lines of inquiry.

Individually, the artists demonstrate a startlingly wide range of artistic, emotional, and political responses, a reminder of how this unprecedented period affects each of us differently. Taken together, their work emphasizes our shared experience in this collective crisis.

Corey Keller is an independent curator and scholar of the history of photography. She recently stepped down as curator of photography and acting head of the Photography Department at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she has been a member of the curatorial team from 2003 to 2021. During her tenure there, she organized numerous exhibitions, including, most recently, Close to Home: Creativity in Crisis, which highlights seven Bay Area artists’ responses to the crises of 2020. Other recent major projects include Signs and Wonders: The Photographs of John Beasley Greene (2019), the first survey exhibition of this nineteenth-century photographer-archaeologist, and the major retrospective Dawoud Bey: An American Project (2020, co-organized with the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York). Recent writing projects include an essay on Imogen Cunningham’s portrait of painter David Park (SFMOMA, 2020); entries on early women photographers in California (Une histoire des femmes photographes mondiale, 2020); and a consideration of the motion studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Etienne-Jules Marey, and Clare Strand and the representation of the laboring body (Carnegie Museum of Art, 2020).

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