Keith Davis by far the best known historian of photography and writer living, and we are fortunate to have the amazing collection he’s built at the Nelson-Atkins as a near resource for our students. He’s authored the most important history of photography books as well as many books about photography. A very modestly written bio follows:
Keith F. Davis
Senior Curator, Photography
Keith F. Davis is Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins and also serves as an advisor to the Hall Family Foundation. He received a master’s degree in 1979 in art history from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. After a research internship at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, 1978-79, he became Curator of the Fine Art Collections, Hallmark Cards, Inc. Upon the gift to the museum of the Hallmark Photographic Collection, in December 2005, Davis became the Nelson-Atkins’s founding curator of photography.
Since 1979, he has curated some 80 exhibitions, many of which have been toured to leading museums across the United States and, internationally, from Sydney, Australia, to Lausanne, Switzerland. In addition to teaching and lecturing widely on the history of photography, he is the author of nearly twenty catalogues and books, including An American Century of Photography, From Dry-Plate to Digital: The Hallmark Photographic Collection, 2nd edition (Abrams, 1999); The Origins of American Photography, From Daguerreotype to Dry-Plate, 1839-1885 (HFF/NAMA/Yale, 2007); and The Photographs of Homer Page: The Guggenheim Work, New York 1949-50(HFF/NAMA/Yale, 2009). His various awards include a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1986-87) for his work on the Civil-War era photographer George N. Barnard. He was honored to be featured in James Stourton’s Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting Since 1945 (Scala, 2007).
Visit three famous cities in France, learning about both northern and southern France through a variety of experiences, including:
Pastry lessons in Paris
Mediterranean cuisine lessons in the South of France with renowned French chef Jean Montagard
Visits to the open-air food markets
Visit to a vineyard in the South of France
International Photography and Film Festival in Arles (the oldest and largest photography and film festival in the world)
Pere-Lachaise and Montparnasse cemeteries
Cycling along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice
Various art museums, galleries, and institutes, such as:
Fondation Louis Vuitton
Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art
Centre Georges Pompidou
Palais de Tokyo
National Museum of Modern Art to the City of Paris
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice
Concrete Art Museum
Gain perspective outside the classroom
Learning about French culture, language, art and cuisine onsite and in person allows for unique opportunities, including rare chances to discuss, experience and reflect upon artwork onsite at various museums and galleries with artists, curators and historians. You’ll engage directly with renowned local professionals — experts in cuisine, art and culture.
For example, the 2015 Study Away group was the first tour to visit and explore the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
You’ll explore various ways of seeing, experiencing, and exhibiting art, through both informal, exploratory museums such as Palais de Tokyo and more formal institutes, such as the Louvre.
And you’ll enjoy onsite lectures and discussions with renowned art curators, art historians and BBC affiliates, including: Dr. Michel Remy (BBC affiliate, Professor Emeritus from the University of Nice in English literature and art history and one of the top European specialist on Surreal Art); Dr. Daniel Jeffreys (Hong Kong Design Institute, Contributor to BBC, Specialist on Art Deco/Art Nouveau); and Sunday Rennie (Curator from the Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, Australia, MA in Curatorship, specialist on Museum Studies).
Street art and public art
One of our areas of focus is investigating the art, culture and social politics of both street art and public art — art for everyone.
We’ll engage with the Street Art in Paris through a lecture and exploration of various Parisian neighborhoods with Paul Wright (specialist on Street Art and Public Art in Paris, World Radio Paris and Urban States Radio, journalist and typographer) and Susie Kahlich (specialist on Street Art in Paris/Outsider Art and Art Exhibitions with World Radio Paris). We’ll take in work by various artists, including Miss Tic and Blek le Rat (whom influenced Banksy).
Street artist and curator Jonas, of the Quai36 project, will also lead us on an investigation of public art at the Gare du Nord in Paris.
Another highlight will be working in the classrooms, labs, facilities and residence halls of the newly renovated St. John’s University in Paris, which is situated in the Saint Germaine district close to the oldest department store in France.
Learn about the North and South of France
Our itinerary will allow you to experience both the North and the South of France, taking in their unique distinctions in dialect, climate, cuisine, vegetation and lifestyle.
You’ll spend time with locals, directly engaging and gaining deeper understanding of the many facets of French culture, along with a better understanding of your own culture, norms and ideals.
What: Contemporary French Culture, Art, Cuisine and Language
Learn about Japan’s visual arts, architecture, cuisine and culture through a study away program that integrates lectures and discussions at galleries, museums and institutes with presentations by local curators, architects, artists, art historians and chefs. You’ll prepare, learn about and experience Japanese cuisine, a tea ceremony and bonsai aesthetics.
Learn more about relationships between East and West
You’ll engage with reflective and comparative study of relationships and influences between the East and the West, particularly aesthetic and cultural ideas and influences shared between Japan and France in the following areas:
Art and cuisine
Economy and medicine
Nuclear energy and the military
For example, we’ll investigate French aesthetics and style studies of Claude Monet and Ukiyo-e wood-block prints and contemporary artist JR and Inside Out Japan, as well as fashion influences.
We’ll also discuss shared efforts by Japan and France to improve serious health challenges related to HIV and underdevelopment in Uganda and Madagascar.
Gain perspective outside the classroom
You’ll work directly with local specialists, gaining new information, resources and reflection along with enhanced understanding and awareness of global relations.
Japanese culture is quite distinct from American culture — emphasizing the community as a whole more than the individual, and an immersive study away experience is the best way to appreciate and understand these distinctions.
What: Exploring Japanese Art, Culture and Cuisine
When: June 6, 2017 – June 19, 2017
Where: Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka
How:Apply online – must complete application by April 1, 2017
There will be a candidacy review information session Thursday, March 9th at 8:20 p.m at Brick City 1, Room 302. If you’re nervous about candidacy review, then this could be a great opportunity for you!
Todd will be traveling to Paris soon, so in order to help him cover some of the expenses, we are organizing a fundraiser.
TODD ABROAD will take place at 417 Taphouse on March 4th, beginning at 6p.m. Stop by and chat with Todd and buy some art!
Cory Powell, December 2016 graduate, had three prints selected for the Juried Undergraduate Exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. He is also has been hired as the Fashion/Product Photographer for Mark Ashton.
And, Sarah Hiatt, BFA 2013, is finishing her MFA degree at Columbia College Chicago this spring and had a recent (today!) publication of her photo work and written essay. Check out the links below:
Nicole Jacquard, Professor at IU in Bloomington and President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, will give a lecture on Thursday, March 2 , 7 pm in Brick 1, room 312, and a workshop on Voodoo dolls in Brick 1, room 217 on Friday, March 3 from 9:00 – 5:00.
The public is invited to the Thursday evening lecture. Join us!
Todd Reynolds, a Masters of Fine Arts student in his final year of the program in Visual Studies, will be presenting a selection of works at the Paris Ass Book Fair in Paris, France, between March 10 and 12.
The exhibition is an international showing specializing in fan zines, graphic novels, and art books. Congratulations, Todd!
Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 24th- Friday, March 10th, 2017 (Closed for Spring Break from Saturday, March 11th- Saturday, March 18th)
First Friday Art Walk Reception: March 3rd, from 6:00- 10:00 pm
The Student Exhibition will be showcasing the work of MSU Art Foundations students. This exhibit demonstrates students’ understanding of various artistic concepts in two- and three-dimensional design and drawing and the development of artistic skills through classroom instruction. This show is free and open to the public.
Works by two MSU Metals majors have been accepted into the “Alchemy” biennial exhibition of the Enamelist Society. A silver and enamel brooch created by Joakima Day and a silver and enamel ring by Jacie McGowan will first be exhibited at the Sandra Blain Gallery at Arrowmont School of Craft in Gatlinburg, TN, and then travel to the Metals Museum in Memphis. There will be an accompanying print catalog.