MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – August 13, 2013 – Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers announces the appointment of Michelle Lamunière to its American & European Works of Art department as a photography specialist. In her new role, Lamunière will be charged for the continued growth of the photography division of American & European Works of Art.
Lamunière comes to Skinner from Harvard, where she served as the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Assistant Curator of Photography at the Fogg Museum/Harvard Art Museums, and was responsible for the research, cataloging, and preservation of the permanent collection and new acquisitions.
According to Robin Starr, director of American & European Works of Art, “Skinner has been expanding offerings in the area of photographic works and we are extremely pleased to bring on a specialist with the knowledge and experience Michelle Lamunière offers.” Starr continued, “Michelle has worked with some of the most distinguished photographers, collectors, and institutions in the course of her curatorial duties at the Fogg, and we are excited about the course she’ll chart for photographic works here at Skinner.”
During her tenure at Harvard, Lamunière 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.”
Lamunière has published extensively in the academic literature on topics that include Harvard University’s Social Museum, a historical collection of social reform photography; portrait photography in West Africa; and contemporary photography and video. She has 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.
Lamunière 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.
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