Catherine Couturier Gallery is proud to share the following news from the MFAH Photography Department.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is now home to the Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey Photography Collection, an exceptional cache of vernacular prints and photographic objects that together call attention to the significance of photography in our everyday lives. Among all the visual arts, photography has the widest embrace; it is present in a thousand different forms—from the medium’s humble snapshots, to pinnacles of high art.
In celebration of this history-making acquisition, the Cherryhurst House Fellowship at MFAH has been established to provide access to this exceptional collection.
While some might call it “vernacular,” Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey affectionately refer to their collection as “Photo Mania,” a nickname that better conveys the joy viewers find in the material, and the passion with which they built their collection. The collection digs deep into various, interwoven themes with examples of material rarely found elsewhere: African-American Studio Portraits, LGBTQ Life, Mexico and the Border, Altered and Manipulated Photos, Gun Culture, Science and Industry, Sideshow Stars and Superheroes, and more. Objects in the collection include amateur snapshots, photo booth strips, real-photo postcards, fotoescultura, photo ID badges, photographic jewelry, embroidered photographs, comic books, and more. Altogether, the 5,000 object collection tells a unique and complicated story of photography’s history, one that encompasses a broad range of objects, invites a dialogue between high and low art, and speaks to our shared photo-mania.
Takings its cues from the collection it celebrates, the Cherryhurst House Fellowship is unique in the field. It invites a collaborative application from one artist (not limited to photographers) and one scholar (historian, art historian, writer, etc.) for a week-long fellowship at MFAH’s Anne Wilkes Tucker Photography Study Center. A fellowship provides access for both applicants to the Barbara Levine and Paige Ramey collection, along with other works of art in MFAH’s extensive collection; accommodations; and a stipend of $1000 per person.
Learn more about the fellowship and the application here.