David E. Little, PhD

David E. Little, PhD

Curator of Photography & New Media
Photography & New Media Department Head

Department: Photography & New Media

  • PhD, Duke University
  • MA, Williams College
  • BA, Bowdoin College
Background/Work History
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 2008
  • Associate Director, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education, The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2007-8
  • Director, Adult and Academic Programs, The Museum of Modern Art, 2003-7
  • Instructor, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2000-3
  • Adjunct Professor, Duke University, 1999-2005
  • Lecturer, The Museum of Modern Art, 1996-2000
Specialty/Area of Interest

Photography and contemporary art

Honors and Professional Associations
  • Advisory Committee, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2011-
  • Visiting Scholar, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, 2006-7
  • Student and Professional Development Committee, College Art Association, 2005-9
Selected Exhibitions and Projects
  • “Strangers in a Strange Land: Photographers' First Impressions,” MIA, 2012
  • “New Pictures 7: Stan Douglas Then and Now,” MIA, 2012
  • “The Sports Show” MIA 2012
  • “Embarassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, 2000-2010,” MIA, 2010
  • “Who”s Your DaDa!?” The Wooster Group, The Museum of Modern Art, 2006
  • “Welcome to Empire: Videos from a New World Order,” Maryland Institute College of Art, 2004
  • “New Pictures” series, MIA, fall 2009-present (Noriko Furunishi, Marco Breuer, James Welling, Angela Strassheim, Jason Fulford, Martin Parr, Stan Douglas)
  • “How Sports Became ‘The Sports Show’; From the Beginnings of Photography to the Digital Age,” inThe Sports Show: Athletics as Image and Spectacle University of Minnesota Press, 2012
  • “Noriko Furunishi’s Imaginary Landscapes,” New Pictures Web site, 2009
  • “Colab Takes a Piece, History Takes it Back: A Collective Alternative to the Alternative Space Movement,” Art Journal (Spring 2007)
  • “Art History Survey: Round-Table Discussion,” with Peggy Phelan, Kevin Conconnon, Irina D. Costache, Kathleen Desmond, David Little, and Steve Shipps, Art Journal, (Summer 2005)
  • Essays on Robert Barry, Jack Smith, Peter Fischli, and David Weiss in exhibition catalogue Slide Show, (The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005)
Other Information

“Jackson Pollock’s paintings and working with Kiki Smith on her first one-person museum show inspired me to pursue a career in the arts, that is, after I realized that I was several steps slow and many vertical inches short of a career as a pro basketball player. Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida remains one of my favorite books on photography and on the art of writing. While researching my dissertation on a New York artists' group, I once turned down an invitation to an opening from a well known contemporary artist and writer. I wanted to research at home instead. He responded by challenging my decision, stating, ‘You read books and I read lips!’ Since that moment, reading lips and spending time looking at art with artists has been a major part of my work as a curator and historian.”


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