Britt Salvesen

Photo by Zach Lipp

Britt Salvesen joined LACMA in October 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, University of Arizona. She received her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art and her PhD from the University of Chicago.

Among the exhibitions Salvesen has curated at LACMA are New Topographics (2009); Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape (2010); Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film (2013); See the Light: Photography, Perception, Cognition (2013); Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s (2014); Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (2016), winner, with Paul Martineau, of a Lucie Award and a Global Fine Art Award; and Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters (2016).

In 2016, Salvesen was named one of the year’s most influential curators by Artsy and received an award for curator of the year from the Los Angeles Art Show.

In the interview, the current exhibitions that were discussed were Moholy-Nagy and Virginia Dwan Gallery.

The books mentioned at the end of the interview was by Oliver Sacks, The Mind’s Eye as well as The End of Cinema by André Gaudreault and Philippe Marion.
More information can be researched about Prints and Drawings Council, and LENS Photography Council.
Installation photo of the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (March 20 – July 31, 2016)
Installation photo featuring Mike Hill’s (2012) in the exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), August 1, 2016 – November 27, 2016. © Mike Hill, Photo © Museum Associates/ LACMA, by Josh White/ JWPictures.com
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  1. […] Britt Salvesen is curator and head of the department of photography at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There she works on exhibitions planning, collections building, programming, and patron groups. Salvesen explains that her work with patron groups and artists is often largely separate. Artists do not think of their work in terms of fitting into a museum department or patron collection, rather they work with what materials work for their vision. Conversely, some collectors are highly specialized in their desires while others collect across a broad spectrum of genres and media. In 2016, Artsy named Salvesen one of the most influential curators. That same year she received curator of the year from the Los Angeles Art Show. Salvesen has a long view of curation. She says, “when we are making an acquisition for the museum we want to ensure that artwork is going to be accessible generations in the future.” To this end, it is important to work with the artists in order to create digital files of all collections in order to propel LACMA into the 21st century and beyond. She says this digitizing of art is potentially a great career choice for those hoping to work in the art world. […]

  2. […] Britt Salvesen is curator and head of the department of photography at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. There she works on exhibitions planning, collections building, programming, and patron groups. Salvesen explains that her work with patron groups and artists is often largely separate. Artists do not think of their work in terms of fitting into a museum department or patron collection, rather they work with what materials work for their vision. Conversely, some collectors are highly specialized in their desires while others collect across a broad spectrum of genres and media. In 2016, Artsy named Salvesen one of the most influential curators. That same year she received curator of the year from the Los Angeles Art Show. Salvesen has a long view of curation. She says, “when we are making an acquisition for the museum we want to ensure that artwork is going to be accessible generations in the future.” To this end, it is important to work with the artists in order to create digital files of all collections in order to propel LACMA into the 21st century and beyond. She says this digitizing of art is potentially a great career choice for those hoping to work in the art world. […]