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Perspectives Plus with Sarah Hermanson Meister ’90

On February 26, Spence welcomed Sarah Hermanson Meister ’90, curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, for her lecture “Who Bought What When? Perspectives on Collecting Photographs.”
Meister became a curator at MoMA in 2009, and has organized a number of exhibitions for the Museum, including “Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949” (co-curated; currently on view), “Nicholas Nixon: Forty Years of The Brown Sisters” (2014), “Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light” (2013) and “Walker Evans American Photographs” (2013). In addition to these projects, Meister is responsible for overseeing the research, educational and preservation initiatives related to the Museum’s collection.
In her presentation to students, faculty, alumnae as well as parents, Meister offered insight and information on several landmark acquisitions during her tenure, discussing how MoMA’s collection “complicates common ideas in American photography.” MoMA features work not only by artists, but also by journalists, scientists, entrepreneurs and amateurs. When asked her favorite type of photo, she mentioned a preference for photography “without self-consciously artistic intent.” 
Perspectives Plus is a series of informative talks by members of The Spence School community. Our speakers generously share their expertise and insights with parents, faculty, administrators and students. With a focus on a range of stimulating topics, Perspectives Plus offers an opportunity to share with one another the richness of resources within our community.