Michelle Lamunière joined Skinner as a photography specialist in the American and European Works of Art Department in 2013. Michelle came to Skinner from the Fogg Museum/Harvard Art Museums, where she first joined the Department of Photographs in 2004 and, beginning in 2008, served as the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Assistant Curator of Photography. While at the Fogg Museum, Michelle shared curatorial responsibility for both the permanent collection and acquisitions, including the documentation, researching, cataloging, and preservation of these holdings.
During her tenure, Michelle assisted in the acquisition of a range of photography for the permanent collection, including works by Alexander Gardner, Julia Margaret Cameron, Claude Cahun, Paul Strand, Disfarmer, Aaron Siskind, Francesca Woodman, and Gillian Wearing. She has curated numerous exhibitions, ranging from “Sacred Sites: Nineteenth-century Photographs of Jerusalem” to “You Look Beautiful Like That: The Portrait Photographs of Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé.” She has published extensively in the academic literature, particularly on Harvard University’s Social Museum, a historical collection of social reform photography; portrait photography in West Africa; and contemporary photography and video.
Michelle particularly enjoys studying and researching works of art to uncover interesting details about artistic intent and the context in which they were made. In sharing this information, she hopes to broaden knowledge and appreciation of photography and of art more generally.
Prior to Harvard, Michelle served in curatorial and administrative roles at The Photographic Resource Center in Boston, The Boston University Art Gallery, The Baltimore Museum of Art, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in Baltimore. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University, holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon, and a B.A. in Art History and French from Vassar College.