Museums Collections Focus

The Museums Collections encompass a wide variety of objects acquired by the University of Delaware from 1917 to the present day. Museums Collections Focus is a series of online exhibitions that provides a bite-sized introduction to the diversity of these holdings, from Renaissance prints and ceramics by Indigenous makers to mineral specimens and contemporary photography. Organized by theme or medium, these focused exhibitions offer new ways to engage with objects in the collections.

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Women in Pictorialist Photography

Photography is a significant strength in the Museums Collections, and Pictorialist photography forms an extensive sub-category. The Museums hold many examples of photographs by both the leading and the lesser-known Pictorialists, as well as a substantial group of Camera Work journals.

Notably, from the earliest days of the movement, which had its heyday in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, a significant number of female photographers were prominent in Pictorialism. This online exhibition explores select works by Gertrude Käsebier, Eva Watson-Schütze, Alice Boughton, and others from over a century ago, as well as recent examples by contemporary photographer Diane Levell, who perpetuates many of the goals, techniques, and traditions of Pictorialism.


Online exhibition curated by Amanda T. Zehnder, Chief Curator and Head, Museums