Corey Keller is curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where she has a member of the curatorial staff since 2003. During her tenure, she has organized numerous critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Brought to Light: Photography and the Invisible, 1840–1900 (2008), which explored the use of photography in nineteenth-century science, the traveling retrospective, Francesca Woodman (2011), and About Time: Photography in a Moment of Change (2016), the inaugural presentation of the photography collection in SFMOMA’s new building. Most recently, Keller organized an exhibition of the photographic maps of Sohei Nishino (2017), and is currently at work on the first survey of the nineteenth-century photographer J.B. Greene (2019) as well as the first full-scale retrospective of the work of Chicago-based artist Dawoud Bey (2020).
In addition to several SFMOMA publications, Keller has contributed scholarly essays on Jay DeFeo, Eadweard Muybridge, Susan Meiselas, Larry Sultan, and Carleton Watkins, among others. A frequent public speaker, she co-organized the symposium “Is Photography Over?” in 2010 and the follow-up in 2016, entitled “The Photographic Event.” In addition to her curatorial work, she has taught at Stanford University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the California College of the Arts.
She received her B.A. in American Studies from Yale University, and her M.A. in Art History from Stanford.