Britt Salvesen

Britt Salvesen


CCL Class of 2009


Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA


Department Head and Curator of the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography, and the Department Head and Curator of Prints and Drawings

Institution at time of Fellowship

Center for Creative Photography


Neal Benezra, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA

Ann Philbin, The Hammer Museum

Britt Salvesen joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in 2009 as curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints and Drawings Department. Previously, she was director and chief curator at the Center for Creative Photography (CCP), University of Arizona. She received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art and her PhD from the University of Chicago. She has chaired LACMA's Curatorial Forum and has initiated several cross-departmental projects and institutional collaborations. Her exhibitions at LACMA include Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape (2010); Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings (2012); Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film; John Divola: As Far as I Could Get (2013); and See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition—The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection (2014). Current research is directed toward a Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective, in collaboration with the Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute (2016); and a survey of 3D photography and film, co-organized with the Art Institute of Chicago (2017).

CCL gave me the tools, vocabulary, and perspective for productive institutional thinking. I've had many opportunities to draw upon CCL training, which continues, in a significant way, thanks to ongoing dialogue with other fellows from my cohort.

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