Robin Scher of Artnews reports that Makeda Best, currently an assistant professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts, has been appointed curator of photography at the Harvard Art Museums. Her new position begins January 17.
Best received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard’s department of history of art and architecture. She previously taught at the University of Vermont and was an assistant curator and graduate fellow at SF MoMA. In a statement, Best said, “I am excited to return to Harvard and the museums’ vast teaching collections, which offer so many ways to explore the formal and conceptual challenges that photographers have faced and to consider how they’ve negotiated new technologies, processes, social factors, and trends in visual culture over time.”
Martha Tedeschi, the director of Harvard Art Museums, said, “Makeda’s deep understanding of photography as an art form—and as a social, cultural, and political force—will advance new and challenging ideas to support our teaching and learning mission.”