The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program has announced that Dr. Maurice Berger, Research Professor + Chief
Curator for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture is one of the recipients of its 2014 grants.
Maurice plans to conduct research on Robert Frank, focusing on contact sheets, notes, and shooting scripts for a two-part essay on Frank’s representations of race in The Americans. He will also conduct research for essays exploring parallel developments in African American, Latino, and Asian American photo-based art and photography from the 1960s to the present, focusing on the ways this work has challenged stereotypes and prevailing ideas about identity.
Designed to support writing about contemporary art, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. The grant supports research for Maurice Berger’s monthly column, “Race Stories,” for the Lens Blog of the New York Times. The blog explores the relationship of photography to concepts, themes, and social or regional issues about race not usually covered in the mainstream media.