Art Historian + Curator

Maria V. Garth is an art historian and curator specializing in modern and contemporary art and the history and theory of photography. She earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 2024. Her dissertation addresses the legacy of women photographers in the Soviet Union between the 1920s and 1980s. As a Dodge Avenir Fellow at the Zimmerli Art Museum, she worked in the Department of Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art researching the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. At the Zimmerli, Maria curated the exhibition “Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection” (2021). Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Russian American Studies, Journal of Avant-Garde Studies, Proceedings of the National Library of Latvia, and SEQUITUR. Maria earned an M.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.F.A. in Visual Art: Photography from Boise State University.

Publications

Garth, Maria. “George Kennan’s Photography Collection of Political Exiles in Labor Camps of Late Imperial Siberia.” Journal of Russian American Studies, 6.2 (2022), 120–145. https://doi.org/10.17161/jras.v6i2.18630

Garth, Maria. “Issues, Challenges, and Insights: Art Historical Research on Latvian Art and Photography at the Zimmerli Art Museum (USA).” Proceedings of the National Library of Latvia, 9.29 (2022): 42-57. https://dom.lndb.lv/data/obj/1055522.html

Garth, Maria. “Soviet Avant-Gardes and Socialist Realism: Women Photographers Bridging the Divide, 1930s-1960s.” Journal of Avant-Garde Studies, 1.2 (2022): 188-220. https://doi.org/10.1163/25896377-00102002.

Garth, Maria. Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection. New Brunswick, NJ: Zimmerli Art Museum, 2021. https://www.academia.edu/50138532/Communism_Through_the_Lens_Everyday_Life_Captured_by_Women_Photographers_in_the_Dodge_Collection.

Garth, Maria. “Painting, Photography, and Radical Depictions of Gender: Franz Gertsch and Lissa Rivera.” SEQUITUR Vol. 6, Issue 1 (Fall 2019). 
http://www.bu.edu/sequitur/2019/11/30/painting-photography-and-radical-depictions-of-gender-franz-gertsch-and-lissa-rivera/.

Garth, Maria. “Memory and History in the Archive: Photographs of Political Dissidents in Forced Labor Camps in Late Nineteenth-Century Siberia.” Master’s thesis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/2142/101195.

Recent Exhibitions

Communism Through the Lens: Everyday Life Captured by Women Photographers in the Dodge Collection
(April 29-October 17, 2021),
Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
https://zimmerli.rutgers.edu/node/128.