New Assistant Curator of Photographs Named at the Amon Carter Museum

Release date: 
October 3, 2006

FORT WORTH, Texas --- Amon Carter Museum Director Ron Tyler announced today that Jessica May has been appointed assistant curator of photographs. She will assist John Rohrbach, senior curator of photographs, in the interpretation and exhibition of the Carter’s collection of photographs, which is widely regarded as one of the most important in the country.

“The Carter has a history of producing fine photographic exhibitions and publications, and we are delighted to have Jessica May join our staff,” said Tyler. “Her experience, enthusiasm and training will add greatly to the perspective that we can bring to our collections.”

“Jessica brings solid training and a passion for photography to the Carter,” added Rohrbach. “I am looking forward to working with her on all facets of our museum program. She is a great enhancement to the institution.”

May recently completed the Jane and Morgan Whitney Art History Fellowship in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her academic training is in the history of photography and American art. She holds a B.A. in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in art history from the University of California, Berkeley. She intends to complete a Ph.D. by December 2007 and is currently working on her dissertation, Off the Clock: Walker Evans and the Crisis of American Capital, 1930--1946. May’s work on Evans led her to launch a concurrent project: the organization of an exhibition devoted to Evans, Berenice Abbott and Margaret Bourke-White entitled Modern Documents, which opens July 2008 at the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine.

“The Carter’s photography collection spans virtually the entire history of the medium as it has been seen and practiced by Americans, which is absolutely thrilling,” said May. “It is a true honor to work with the collection and with this community.”

In addition to her work at the Met and Colby College Museum of Art, May has extensive curatorial, teaching, writing and research experience. She is the recipient of a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley.