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Curator Biography

Sarah Kennel
Assistant Curator, Department of Photographs
National Gallery of Art, Washington

Sarah Kennel is associate curator in the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. She holds a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Berkeley, completing her dissertation on the relationship between dance and the visual arts in early 20th-century Paris. After a Mary Davis Predoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts from 1999-2001, Kennel was a contributor for The Art of Romare Bearden (2003) and then joined the department of photographs where she has contributed to numerous shows, including André Kertész (2005), Irving Penn: The Platinum Prints (2005), and The Art of the American Snapshot (2007). She has also curated or co-curated Paris in Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art (2006); In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet (2008); In the Darkoom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age (2009), and The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years (2012). Kennel is currently working on the exhibition and catalogue for Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris. She has taught classes in the history of art at the University of California, Berkeley, Princeton University and is currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University.

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Curator Biography:
Sarah Kennel

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris
September 29, 2013–January 5, 2014

Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music
May 12–October 6, 2013

In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes Before the Digital Age
October 25, 2009–March 14, 2010

The Art of the American Snapshot, 1888-1978: From the Collection of Robert E. Jackson
October 7–December 31, 2007

In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet
March 2–June 8, 2008

Paris in Transition: Photographs from the National Gallery of Art
February 11, 2006–May 6, 2007

Irving Penn: The Platinum Prints
June 19 – October 2, 2005

André Kertész
February 6, 2005–May 15, 2005

The Art of Romare Bearden
September 14, 2003–January 4, 2004

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