Gallery Spotlight: Backdrop—An Invisible Art

Gallery Spotlight: Backdrop—An Invisible Art

Free with general museum admission, the Gallery Spotlight series is a conversation with featured guests every last Friday of the month.

Mt. Rushmore backdrop from North by Northwest (1959), gift of the Coakley Family and JC Backings Corporation, Courtesy Academy Museum Foundation

Join us in conversation with Vice President of Curatorial Affairs, Doris Berger and Manager, Public Programs, Eduardo Sánchez​​​​, as we examine the exhibition Backdrop: An Invisible Art and its connection to the Lakota community and history.

The conversation will take place in the Ted Mann Lobby on Lower Level 1. Visitors are encouraged to check out Backdrop: An Invisible Art before or after the event.

About Doris Berger
Doris Berger, Vice President, Curatorial Affairs, is a scholar, curator, and author. She oversees the Academy Museum’s curatorial department, shapes the exhibition program with the leadership team, and curate’s exhibitions. She was previously a Getty postdoctoral fellow, a curator at the Skirball Cultural Center, and the director of the Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany, where she organized numerous exhibitions and public programs. She curated the touring exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Emigres in Hollywood, 1933-1950 (2014–17) at the Skirball and is cocurating the Academy Museum’s exhibition Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971 together with Rhea Combs. She wrote the book Projected Art History: Biopics, Celebrity Culture, and the Popularizing of American Art (Bloomsbury, 2014) and has published essays in German and English in catalogues, books, and journals. Berger holds an MA from the University of Vienna, Austria, and a PhD from the University of Art in Braunschweig, Germany.

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