Corey Keller

Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Corey Keller is curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she has organized a number of major exhibitions, including Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840–1900 (2008), which explored the use of photography in nineteenth-century science, and the traveling retrospective, Francesca Woodman (2011). From 2003 to 2013, Keller oversaw Picturing Modernity, SFMOMA’s presentation of its photography collection, and organized the inaugural collection presentation, About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change, for the museum’s re-opening in 2016. In addition to several SFMOMA publications, Keller has contributed scholarly essays on Jay DeFeo, Eadweard Muybridge, Larry Sultan, and Carleton Watkins, among others. She most recently organized an exhibition of the photographic maps of Sohei Nishino that closed in February 2017, and is currently at work on the first survey of the nineteenth-century photographer J.B. Greene (Spring 2019). In 2010 she co-organized the symposium “Is Photography Over?” and in 2016 was a co-organizer of the follow-up symposium “The Photographic Event.” She received her BA in American Studies from Yale University, and her MA in Art History from Stanford. She is currently finishing up her long-languishing dissertation called “Bringing Knowledge to Sight: Photography, Science, and the Invisible.”


Reviewing Thursday, September 21 and Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, September 24