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David E. Little, PhD

David E. Little, PhD Curator of Photography & New Media
Photography & New Media Department Head
Department: Photography & New Media

Current MIA Projects


  • PhD, Duke University
  • MA, Williams College
  • BA, Bowdoin College

Background/Work History

  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts since 2008
  • Associate Director, Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education, The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2007–8
  • Director, Adult and Academic Programs, The Museum of Modern Art, 2003–7
  • Instructor, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2000–3
  • Adjunct Professor, Duke University, 1999–2005
  • Lecturer, The Museum of Modern Art, 1996–2000

Specialty/Area of Interest

Photography and contemporary art

Honors and Professional Associations

  • Advisory Committee, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2011–
  • Visiting Scholar, Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, 2006–7
  • Student and Professional Development Committee, College Art Association, 2005–9

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

  • “Strangers in a Strange Land: Photographers' First Impressions,” MIA, 2012
  • “New Pictures 7: Stan Douglas Then and Now,” MIA, 2012
  • “The Sports Show” MIA 2012
  • “Embarassment of Riches: Picturing Global Wealth, 2000–2010,” MIA, 2010
  • “Who”s Your DaDa!?” The Wooster Group, The Museum of Modern Art, 2006
  • “Welcome to Empire: Videos from a New World Order,” Maryland Institute College of Art, 2004
  • “New Pictures” series, MIA, fall 2009–present (Noriko Furunishi, Marco Breuer, James Welling, Angela Strassheim, Jason Fulford, Martin Parr, Stan Douglas)


  • “How Sports Became ‘The Sports Show’; From the Beginnings of Photography to the Digital Age,” in The Sports Show: Athletics as Image and Spectacle University of Minnesota Press, 2012
  • “Noriko Furunishi’s Imaginary Landscapes,” New Pictures Web site, 2009
  • “Colab Takes a Piece, History Takes it Back: A Collective Alternative to the Alternative Space Movement,” Art Journal (Spring 2007)
  • “Art History Survey: Round-Table Discussion,” with Peggy Phelan, Kevin Conconnon, Irina D. Costache, Kathleen Desmond, David Little, and Steve Shipps, Art Journal, (Summer 2005)
  • Essays on Robert Barry, Jack Smith, Peter Fischli, and David Weiss in exhibition catalogue Slide Show, (The Baltimore Museum of Art and The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005)
  • Other Information

    “Jackson Pollock’s paintings and working with Kiki Smith on her first one-person museum show inspired me to pursue a career in the arts, that is, after I realized that I was several steps slow and many vertical inches short of a career as a pro basketball player. Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida remains one of my favorite books on photography and on the art of writing. While researching my dissertation on a New York artists' group, I once turned down an invitation to an opening from a well known contemporary artist and writer. I wanted to research at home instead. He responded by challenging my decision, stating, ‘You read books and I read lips!’ Since that moment, reading lips and spending time looking at art with artists has been a major part of my work as a curator and historian.”


    (612) 870-3255
    (department phone)

    July 2012