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Jackson Davidow

Jackson Davidow is a writer, curator, and the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. With Noam Parness, he co-curated Christian Walker: The Profane and the Poignant, a traveling exhibition that originated at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in fall 2023. His exhibition As the World Burns: Queer Photography and Nightlife in Boston, organized in partnership with Laurel V. McLaughlin, was on view at Tufts University Art Galleries in spring 2024.

Davidow’s writing has appeared in Art in America, Artforum, The Baffler, The Boston Globe Magazine, Boston Review, frieze, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. For his essay “Against Our Vanishing,” published in The Baffler in 2021, he received the “Writing Photography. DGPh Award for Innovative Publication” from the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie in 2023.

After earning a Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture from MIT, he worked at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts University’s Translating Race Lab and the Center for the Humanities. He’s currently writing a book about global AIDS cultural activism.

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