Curator, Robert B. Menschel Department of Photography
The Museum of Modern Art
Sarah Meister was appointed Curator in the Robert B. Menschel Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art in 2009, having joined the Museum as a curatorial assistant in 1997. At MoMA, Meister has organized a variety of exhibitions, including "Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures" (2020), "Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction" (2017, with Starr Figura), "From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola" (2015, with Roxana Marcoci), and "Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light" (2013). Her current research examines the status of the amateur and narratives around twentieth century photography in Latin America and its international context, one result of which is a forthcoming exhibition of work from São Paulo’s Foto Cine Clube Bandeirante: "Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography 1946–1964" (opening March 2021). She is also organizing an exhibition of photographs from the Museum’s Thomas Walther Collection that will begin a European tour at the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI Lugano) in April 2021, subsequently traveling to the Jeu de Paume, Paris and CAMERA: Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin.
Recent publications include "Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957" (2020), Frances "Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album" (2019), "Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother" (2018), Arbus Friedlander Winogrand: New Documents, 1967"(2017), and "One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers" (2016). Meister is co-editor of and contributing author to the three-volume series "Photography at MoMA," published between 2015 and 2017. She is co-director of the August Sander Project (a five-year research initiative with Columbia University), and lead instructor for the online course Seeing Through Photographs on Coursera. Meister graduated with an AB in art history from Princeton University, with honors.