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September 18th, 2008
Museum Names Peter Barberie Curator of Photographs

The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Peter D. Barberie to the position of Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, effective October 1, 2008.

Most recently Mr. Barberie was a visiting lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. He was the Horace W. Goldsmith Curatorial Fellow in Photography in the Museum’s Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs from 2003 – 2007, during which he organized the exhibition Looking at Atget (2005) and co-organized the exhibition Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery (2006). In spring 2008, he was the guest curator of Close Encounters: Portraits of Artists and Writers by Irving Penn at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.

“We are delighted to welcome Peter at the Museum,” said Interim Head of Curatorial Affairs Alice Beamesderfer. “His return is a veritable homecoming, not only because of the admirable scholarly work he accomplished as a fellow in photography here and his ties to Philadelphia, but also because the broad range of his previous studies is especially at home in a large general museum such as ours.”

Innis Howe Shoemaker, the Audrey and William H. Helfand Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, stated: “During his four years as a Fellow in our department, Peter proved himself to be a marvelous scholar, curator, and colleague. His prior knowledge of the Museum’s collection is a great plus, but I look forward even more to seeing how he will develop the photography collection and program in future exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. With our exciting new quarters in the Perelman Building and the Julien Levy Gallery, Peter will have a great opportunity to expand our already lively audience for photography in these beautiful new spaces as well as in the Berman and Stieglitz Galleries in the main building.”

Peter Barberie said, “I am honored to join the staff of this great Museum, which I came to know so well as a curatorial fellow. I am eager to showcase and add to the Museum's extraordinary holdings of historical photographs and to bring in the most exciting contemporary work being produced internationally. I am also delighted to be in Philadelphia, which has a rich creative scene that includes many photographers.”

Barberie succeeds Katherine C. Ware, who served as Curator of Photographs from 1999 through September, and has recently been appointed Curator of Photographs at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.

Barberie received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His doctoral dissertation concerns the French nineteenth-century photographer Charles Marville. In addition to early photography, Barberie’s research interests include urban planning in the nineteenth century; Western landscape painting; and surrealism and photography. His recent publications include Looking at Atget (Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2005); Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery (co-authored with Katherine Ware, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2006); and contributions to Cézanne in Focus: Watercolors from the Henry and Rose Pearlman Collection (Princeton: The Princeton University Art Museum, 2002). Forthcoming in 2008 is the article “Marville’s Seriality” in a special issue of the Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University (Princeton and New Haven: Princeton University Art Museum and Yale University Press). In addition to his previous work at the Museum and Princeton, Barberie has also served in positions at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford and Christie’s Auction House in New York, and has been adjunct lecturer at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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