Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art

Barbara Tannenbaum, Chair, Prints, Drawings & Photographs and Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, has organized well over 100 exhibitions during her 35 years as a curator. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include solo shows of Danny Lyon, Brett Weston, Ilse Bing, and Bruce Davidson; Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed; Cheating Death: Portrait Photography’s First Half Century; and DIY: Photographers and Books, which was the first museum show of print-on-demand photobooks. She co-organized the first large-scale international exhibition chronicling women’s historic achievements in fine art photography and the 1991 Ralph Eugene Meatyard retrospective. Dr. Tannenbaum has authored numerous publications including books on Ralph Eugene Meatyard (Rizzoli), TR Ericsson (Yale), and the Akron Art Museum’s collection, and lectured throughout the U.S. and in Canada and China. She serves on the board of the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation.

Dr. Tannenbaum has (hopefully sage) advice and guidance to offer 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 okay as long as it is truly at the service of artistic expression.

Reviewing Thursday, September 19, Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22


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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, The Fogelson Family Foundation, and The Halo Hill Charitable Fund.