The Kodak camera was introduced in 1888 and quickly captured the imagination of the public, amateur photographers, and artists. Thousands of photographs, only recently discovered in the attics and archives of artists working in the 1890s, reveal their fascination with this new tool. While some snapshots relate closely to their painted work, others indicate an exploration far beyond the artists' known work in oil on canvas and expand our understanding of their oeuvre.
Elizabeth W. Easton
Since 2007, Elizabeth Easton has been the Director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL), a not-for-profit organization she co-founded with Agnes Gund to train museum curators in the fundamentals of management and leadership.
A distinguished curator, art historian and educator, she formulated the program for CCL as a direct result of her service as the first elected president of the Association of Art Museum Curators (2003-2006), an organization of more than 1200 curators from 350 museums across the United States. In her capacity as president, she launched an inquiry into the professional development of curators that led to the creation of CCL.
Easton earned her Ph.D. at Yale University, writing her dissertation on Edouard Vuillard's Interiors of the 1890's. She joined the Brooklyn Museum in 1988 as Assistant Curator, and was Chair of the Department of European Painting and Sculpture from 1999 until 2006. During her tenure, she was responsible for numerous exhibitions, including The Intimate Eye of Edouard Vuillard; Frederic Bazille: Prophet of Impressionism; Monet and the Mediterranean; Brooklyn Collects, among many others.
She has written books and numerous articles and essays for exhibition catalogues and a variety of art journals; she recently served as lead curator on the exhibition Snapshot: Painters and Photography from Bonnard to Vuillard that opened at the Van Gogh Museum in 2011, and traveled to the Phillips Collection in Washington and the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2012. Other recent scholarship has focused on original Impressionist frames.
Among the many academic honors she has received, she was awarded a Fulbright and two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships. In recognition of her contributions to French culture, Easton was appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government in 2008.
She has served as a trustee of the Town School, the Spence School, Studio in a School, the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), is on the Visiting Committee of the Department of Paintings Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is on the advisory boards of a number of other cultural institutions.
Elizabeth Easton, Director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership, cites some of the earliest examples of how the invention of the Kodak camera helped influence artists' paintings from the Les Nabis movement.