Kristen Gresh Headlines October Women’s Forum

September 17, 2013
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Kristen Gresh, who curated She Who Tells a Story currently on exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, will speak at the October 1 meeting of the Beacon Hill Women’s Forum, an organization formed last May to connect and inspire neighborhood women.

She Who Tells a Story introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. The exhibition challenges visitors to share in the vision of a group of artists as they tell their own stories in images of great sophistication, expressiveness and beauty.

Gersh first discovered the work of many contemporary photographers from the Middle East while working as a curator in both Paris and Cairo. She subsequently brought her expertise to the MFA as curator for the exhibition She Who Tells a Story. She was appointed Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) in January 2012.

For her presentation at the Women’s Forum, she will talk about how she discovered much of the work she chose for the exhibition. She will also comment on all the elements of staging the exhibition, including conducting interviews with the artists, and her experiences living and working abroad, and returning home with family in tow.

An Andover native who now lives in Davis Square with her husband and two children, Gersh attended the University of New Hampshire and Sarah Lawrence College in Paris. She earned her doctorate degrees in Paris, where she lived for almost fifteen years.

Gersh has contributed to the auction book and catalog The Photo Diary of John G. Morris, and to two forthcoming books: On Display: Visual Politics, Material Culture, and Public Education and Getting the Picture: The History & Visual Culture of the News. She has taught the history of photography at the Ecole du Louvre, Wells College in Paris and the American University of Cairo.

The meeting, which includes appetizers and a cash bar, will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Hampshire House. There is an annual $50 joining fee and $20 charge for each meeting. A full year charter members of $180, which includes the joining fee and entry to all 2013-2014 events, is available through September 30. Charter members may register online at www.beaconhillwomensforum.com. For more information, contact Lisa Macalaster at lisamacalaster@gmail.com.

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