Mary K. Coffey
is an Associate Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College
School Photos and their AfterlivesBy Mary K. Coffey
Weemss installation conveys the central insight of this exhibition: school photographs are techniques of power that subject individuals and groups to the ideological projects of state and empire. To that end, the curators combine displays of archival school photographs from Europe, the United States, and their colonies with works by contemporary artists, like Weems, who exploit the genre.