Nancy Davenport

Henry Wolf Chair in Photography (Fall 2018)

Nancy Davenport’s work has been exhibited at a variety of venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, the National Gallery of Canada, the Liverpool Biennial, the Istanbul Biennial, the Sao Paulo Biennial and the Triennial of Photography & Video at the International Center of Photography in NY. She has been the recipient of several awards including the Rome Prize, the Mellon Foundation Humanities+Urbanism+Design (H+U+D) research award and the Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant. Her photographs have appeared in numerous publications including Artforum, October Magazine, Frieze Magazine, The New York Times, BLIND SPOT and "Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography" (Phaidon Press). Her recent book entitled “RENOVATION” was published by Cabinet Books, NY.

Nancy Davenport, from “RENOVATION”, artist book, 9x12”, 304 pages, Cabinet Books, D.A.P. NY

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