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September 21st, 1999
Museum Appoints New Curator of Photographs

Anne d'Harnoncourt, The George D. Widener Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, announced the appointment of Katherine Ware as Curator of Photographs at the Museum's Alfred Stieglitz Center for Photography, which is in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Ms. Ware is currently an Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. She will assume her new post in November.

"We are absolutely delighted to welcome Katherine Ware," said Innis Howe Shoemaker, The Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. "Her expertise in European and American photographs of the 1910s through 1930s falls squarely in the areas of our collection's greatest strengths. Her nine years of experience with one of this country's premier photography collections, as well as her energy and enthusiasm for the broad spectrum of contemporary and historical photography, made her outstanding among the many qualified candidates for the position. We look forward enormously to having her as a colleague."

At the Getty Museum, Ms. Ware organized A Practical Dreamer: The Photographs of Man Ray (1998-9), Vision in Motion: The Photographs of László Moholy-Nagy (1995), and was co-organizer of Women on the Edge: Twenty Photographers in Europe, 1919-1939 (1993). In addition to essays contributed to exhibition catalogues and scholarly journals, Ms. Ware has prepared monographs devoted to Man Ray and Moholy-Nagy for the Getty Museum's In Focus series. Next year, Taschen will publish Man Ray, a lavishly illustrated look at the photographer, written by Ms. Ware.

Katherine Ware received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA, where she graduated with honors, and an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley. Before going to the Getty Museum, she served as curatorial assistant with the Oakland Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Ms. Ware commented, "The photography collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is very strong, with many key works by significant artists. I am eager to strengthen the interconnections between photography and the Museum's vast holdings in other areas. I look forward to working with photographers, collectors, and the Museum's accomplished staff to develop exhibitions within this wonderfully broad context."

The Philadelphia Museum of Art began collecting photographs in earnest in 1949, with a major bequest of 69 photographs by Alfred Stieglitz from the artist's estate. In 1968, the Museum established the Alfred Stieglitz Center for Photography, with generous support from Stieglitz's friend and pupil, Dorothy Norman. Since that time, the Museum has ambitiously pursued the exhibition, publication, and collection of large groups of works by major photographers, including Robert Adams, Harry Callahan, Frederick Evans, Robert Frank, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Josef Sudek, and Minor White. Over the past decade, the Department has presented a diverse array of ambitious exhibitions, including Workers: Photographs by Sebastiao Salgado (1993), Tina Modotti: Photographs (1995), India: A Celebration of Independence (1997), and Images of the Spirit: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide (1998).

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