COREY KELLER, Curator at SFMOMA – On “diane arbus: in the beginning”

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Seated female impersonator with arms crossed on her bare chest, N.Y.C., 1960“Every time you put on clothes,” said Corey, “you are performing some way. I have been very entertained that Trump wants his female staff to ‘dress like women’. There’s a hashtag where someone responded that if you want to dress like a woman – ‘First, identify as a woman – get dressed.’ It’s that kind of performativity she was interested in.”
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Now at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) through April 30 – diane arbus: in the beginning. On display in the museum’s new Pritzker Center for Photography are more than 100 photographs selected from the early years of her career, 1956 to 1962. Originating at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, SFMOMA is the only other American venue to present this exhibition. In 2003, SFMOMA presented Diane Arbus Revelations which featured selected works that spanned the breadth of Arbus’ career. “Since 2003 our photography culture has changed,” said Corey Keller, SFMOMA Curator of Photography. “That seems funny to say.”


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