Pucker Up! (Candid) infrared flash photo, Hollywood Blvd.
Selection from Women are Beautiful: Beyond Snapshot Aesthetics artist’s book
by Daniel D. Teoli Jr.
I posted previously how I estimated that 65% of the curators I deal with at art museums are women. At some institutions that number is much higher.
Take a look at the Brooklyn Museum…89.4% women. Women are taking over the art world!
Maybe women do a good job in this field cause they are patient and can follow instructions? There is a humungous hierarchy of hoops for the curator to jump through in order to acquire a work of art. I would not last 1 day as a museum curator.
Look at this c. 1910 cyanotype…
I chanced upon it with less than a minute left before it was going to be sold. No time to suck your thumb or you will miss out. That is how it goes when the curator is also a street photographer. A minute if a lifetime to them – they are used to making a decision in a blink of the eye and I was lucky to be able to add it to my archive.
Recently I sent out a mailer to 44 of the top art museums in the USA that collect photography. Out of 44 institutions, 38.63% had a male curator of photography and 61.37% had a female heading the photography department. So my original guesstimate of 65% female was not far off and in fact may be a little low.
The reason it may be low is; I based the 65% figure on a much larger sampling that included smaller museums where they are more likely to have woman in the position.