R. C. May Photography Lecture: KAREN IRVINE
As Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, Karen Irvine helps to lead one of the most vibrant centers for photography in the Midwest, while also working on projects internationally. She will speak on her approach to uncovering and supporting the work of emerging and mid-career photographers through a rigorous program of exhibitions, publications, special projects, and acquisitions.
Irvine has organized more than fifty exhibitions of contemporary photography at MoCP and other venues, among them the Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea; and the New York Photo Festival. Her exhibitions include Petcoke: Tracing Dirty Energy; North Korean Perspectives; and Grace of Intention: Photography, Architecture, and the Monument. She is also a frequent writer on photography, contributing to numerous journals and books.