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Exquisite Reality: Photography and the Invention of Nationhood, 1851–1900
Temporary Exhibition

Exquisite Reality: Photography and the Invention of Nationhood, 1851–1900

March 29, 2021–

A Mellon Curatorial Research Assistantship Project

The Roman Forum by Gaetano Pedo Studio circa 19th century
This exhibition and accompanying publication and webpage are organized by Danny Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Curatorial Research Assistant, Cantor Arts Center, and Cantor Arts Center staff. Danny is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. We gratefully acknowledge support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


This online exhibition is forthcoming.




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