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May 10th, 2000
Katherine Ware, Curator of Photographs

Katherine Ware is Curator of Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Alfred Stieglitz Center for Photography in the Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs. Before joining the Museum in November, 1999, Ms. Ware served as Assistant Curator in the Department of Photographs of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. She earned 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.

For the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ms. Ware is coordinating the installation of the exhibition Voyage of Discovery: The Landscape Photographs of Ray K. Metzker (November 18, 2000 – February 11, 2001; organized by Evan H. Turner), the first survey of landscape work by this important American artist, and has organized Work from the Collection by Philadelphia Area Photographers, an installation on view in the Director's Gallery (first floor) from April 15 - August 20, 2000.

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. Man Ray, a lavishly illustrated look at the photographer written by Ms. Ware and Emmanuelle de l'Ecotais (edited by Manfred Heiting), was recently published by Taschen.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

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