Curator of Photography
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA
Barbara Tannenbaum is Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, where she is currently working on solo exhibitions of Hank Willis Thomas and Lois Conner. Recently organized exhibitions include DIY: Photographers & Books, a groundbreaking exhibition on print-on-demand photobooks that will travel to Columbia College’s Center for Book Arts in fall 2013; American Vesuvius: The Aftermath of Mount St. Helens by Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin; a show commemorating the 30th anniversary of Lee Friedlander’s Factory Valleys photographs; and Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore. Until 2011, Tannenbaum led the curatorial efforts at the Akron Art Museum for 26 years. There she grew the photography collection from 500 to over 2,500 works and organized over 85 exhibitions including the first large-scale international exhibition chronicling women’s historic achievements in fine art photography, co-curated with Naomi Rosenblum, and the 1991 Ralph Eugene Meatyard retrospective, co-curated with David Jacobs. Dr. Tannenbaum has authored numerous publications including major books on Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Rizzoli) and on the Akron Art Museum’s collection, and lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada and China. She serves on the Photolucida National Advisory Board and the board of the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation.
Dr. Tannenbaum can offer advice and guidance and looks forward to discussing exhibition and book projects still in their development phase. She is interested in seeing many different kinds of work, but prefers not to review photography that is primarily commercial in nature. Nudity is acceptable as long as it is truly at the service of artistic expression.