Curator of Photography
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA
Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art, has organized over 100 exhibitions during her three-decade career as a curator. Recent exhibitions include Black in America: Louis Draper and Leonard Freed; Cheating Death: Portrait Photography’s First Half Century; BIG; Pyramids & Sphinxes; DIY: Photographers and Books, which was the first museum show of print-on-demand photobooks; American Vesuvius: Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin. 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, and the Akron Art Museum’s collection, and has 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.