Lane Curator of Photographs
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA
Karen Haas has been the Lane Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 2001, where she is responsible for a large collection of photographs by American modernists, including Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, and Imogen Cunningham. The Lane Collection numbers more than 6,000 prints and ranges across the entire history of western photography. Her MFA activities include exhibitions, such as Charles Sheeler from Doylestown to Detroit; Imogen Cunningham: In Focus; Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott; Edward Weston: Leaves of Grass; and Bruce Davidson: East 100th Street; and publications, including An Enduring Vision: Photographs from the Lane Collection; Common Wealth: Art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Ansel Adams.
She is most interested in reviewing carefully edited portfolios of non-commercial work, and is happy to help with editing and sequencing of photographic series. She is not in search of the next Ansel Adams, and would rather talk about the ways that work speaks to contemporary issues and concerns of today.