Conversations with Curators

Conversations with Curators:
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
(Professor of Art (Photography) University of Rhode Island. Represented by sepiaEYE, New York City.
Francine Weiss, Ph.D.
Senior Curator, Newport Art Museum

Wednesday, July 25th at 6pm


Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
(Professor of Art (Photography) University of Rhode Island. Represented by sepiaEYE, New York City.

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew’s recent solo exhibitions include the Royal Ontario MuseumNuit Blanche Toronto 2015 and sepiaEYE, New York City. Matthew’s work was recently featured in the 2018 Fotofest Biennial and in (un)expected Families at the MFA Boston. Other exhibitions include the RISD Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Smithsonian. Her work will be featured in the upcoming 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Program, John Gutmann Trust, Society for Photographic Education, MacColl Johnson fellowship fund, Rhode Island State Council of the Arts and the American Institute of Indian Studies.

She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo and MacDowell. Her work can be found in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, George Eastman House, Fogg Museum at Harvard, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Center for Creative Photography and the RISD Museum among others.

Matthew’s work is included in the book BLINKfrom PhaidonAuto FocusThe Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography and Home Truths: Motherhood, Photography and Loss by Susan Bright and The Digital Eye by Sylvia Wolf. Her work was recently featured on the New York Times LensblogCNN photo Blog and Buzzfeed. Her book Memories of India, published by Blue Sky Books, includes an essay by former New York Times art critic Vicki Goldberg.

As Holland Cotter recently wrote in the New York Times “…The mostly album-size photographs in this compact but far-ranging gallery survey are about the intensities and confusions of a cultural mixing that makes the artist, psychologically, both a global citizen and an outsider, at home and in transit, wherever she is. And it’s about photography as document and fiction: souvenir, re-enactment and imaginative projection. A beautiful show that could too easily slip away.”


Francine Weiss, Senior Curator, Newport Art Museum

Francine Weiss is the Senior Curator at the Newport Art Museum in RI where she curates exhibitions of contemporary art, photography, and American art. Her past positions include Curator at the Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA), Acting Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), and Curatorial Fellow at the deCordova Museum and Harvard University Art Museums (both in MA) among others. Weiss teaches and advises students in the MFA program at New Hampshire Institute of Art and has taught at Wellesley College, Simmons College, and Boston University (both in MA). She has a Ph.D. in American art and photography from Boston University.


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