Curatorial Transitions at LACMA and CCP

Earlier this summer we learned that Charlotte Cotton had accepted an exciting position in her native England, overseeing the National Media Museum’s planned expansion in London.  

Click here to read the LA Times blog (July 16) on Charlotte’s return to England.

Today the LA Times featured an article announcing that Britt Salvesen, Director and Chief Curator at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson will assume a newly-created position overseeing two LACMA departments: photography and prints.  

Click here to read the article on Britt’s appointment at LACMA.

Congratulations to both!


Interestingly, their vision overlaps in the forthcoming LACMA presentation of “New Topographics” exhibition (October 25, 2009 – January 10, 2010); the exhibition was organized by the CCP and the George Eastman House, opening at GEH (on view through September 27th).  For the LACMA showing, the exhibition website tell us “This version of New Topographics will also include some thirty prints and books by other relevant artists—clearly distinguished by physical presentation from the primary works—to provide additional historical and contemporary context. Relevant artists include key figures such as Timothy O’Sullivan, Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, and Dan Graham. Curator at LACMA: Charlotte Cotton, Photography.”   The exhibition will be on view at the CCP in Tucson beginning February 19th – May 16th.  

From LACMA’s website:

The 1975 exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape brought together nine photographers—Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel, Jr.—at the International Museum of Photography. Signaling the emergence of a new approach to landscape, the show effectively gave a name to a movement or style. New Topographicshas since come to be understood as marking a paradigm shift with the artists thoughtfully engaged with their medium and its history in different ways. 

To learn more on The New Topographics exhibition:

D.A.P. has a page on its website called “The New Topographics: A Bookshelf” at

NPR posted “New Topographics (Redux)” on The Picture Show area of its website:


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