Contemporary Art

Harvard Art Museum (2008)

Shure, 2003, Moyra Davey, Collection of the artist. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

The Foundation supported Long Life Cool White: Photographs by Moyra Davey in 2008. “This exhibition—the artist’s first in a major museum— presented an overview of artist and writer Moyra Davey’s 20-year career summarized in 40 photographs. Her modest images—newspapers, books, money, empty bottles, and the accumulation of objects on the tops of refrigerators—pricked us into a state of increased awareness about the everyday life that both surrounds us and that we are immersed in. Her work stands as a quiet, passionate rejoinder to the hyper-staged quality of much contemporary photography, which Davey sees as bound up with the intense commercialization of the art world.”