Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Senior Curator of Photographs
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
Anne Havinga is the senior photography curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she has worked for over twenty-five years. She oversees the Museum’s Photography department, including acquisitions, exhibitions, and programming. She has worked at the MFA since 1989, and her many exhibitions have spanned the history of the medium. Recent projects include Alfred Stieglitz and Modern America (2017-18); In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11 (organized with Anne Nishimura Morse, curator of Japanese Art at the MFA, 2015-16); Photo Eye: Avant-Garde Photography in Europe (2014); and Silver, Salt, and Sunlight: Early Photography in Britain and France (2012).
Havinga is interested in reviewing photography that is creative and individualistic. She is willing to look at abstract photography, portraiture, street photography, landscape, still life, and documentary photography. She appreciates work that is visually powerful and conceptually rich. She is curious about work that investigates the medium’s process and materials, and that explores themes related to time and memory. She is less keen on commercial photography.
Havinga can offer advice on museum projects, on assessing one’s work, and on promotion.