Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
Elizabeth Mitchell is the Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University. The Leland Stanford Jr. Museum opened to the public in 1894, three years after the University was founded. Major earthquakes in 1906 and 1989 interrupted museum operations, and in 1999 the institution reopened as the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts. The Museum has a long history of engagement with photography, since Leland Stanford Sr. commissioned Edweard Muybridge to work for him in the 1870s. Today, the Cantor collects and exhibits 19th-century, modernist, and contemporary photography.
Mitchell came to the Cantor in 2010, after working as Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and as an adjunct lecturer the Massachusetts College of Art. She earned her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She has curated exhibitions for the Huntington Art Gallery, the Architecture and Design Collection at UC Santa Barbara, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. In the past year, she has curated exhibitions of Lee Friedlander’s Cray at Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin series and 19th-century photographs of the Holy Land, and installed a Richard Misrach show. She is currently curating a Carleton Watkins exhibition and preparing to install a Carrie Mae Weems retrospective.
As a portfolio reviewer, Mitchell can offer curatorial perspective and some professional development insight. She is interested in documentary style, antiquarian avant-garde, new media, the function of narrative structure, and images investigating the boundaries between art and science. She prefers to not review fashion, stock, or straight floral/landscape/nature photography.