Marion Palfi in the Archive: A Social Justice Photographer Across Three Collections

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​ ​ ​ ​ Image by Ryan Waggoner, ©Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas
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Noon Dec. 15, 2021

Live Virtual Panel

Join us for a lunchtime virtual panel about photographer and social justice advocate Marion Palfi (1907-1978) and the role of the archive. Audrey Sands, Norton Family Assistant Curator of Photography, is joined by curators and archivists from the three national repositories with major holdings of Marion Palfi’s work—The Center for Creative Photography, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, and the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University. The conversation will explore Palfi’s practice, the histories of these distinct collections and how they are used today for teaching and research, and what is means to be the custodians of an artist’s legacy.


  • Kate Meyer, Curator of Works on Paper, Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas

  • Chris Harter, Deputy Director, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University

  • Emilie Hardman, Head of Archives and Digital Strategy, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

  • Audrey Sands, Norton Family Assistant Curator of Photography, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, in joint appointment with Phoenix Art Museum

This conversation is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Freedom Must Be Lived: Marion Palfi’s America, 1940-1978, organized by the Center for Creative Photography and on view at Phoenix Art Museum through January 2, 2022.

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About the Amistad Research Center:

The Amistad Research Center is an independent, non-profit archives/library in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Center's mission is to collect, preserve, and provide open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America's ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights. Amistad's collections include manuscript and printed materials, photographs, moving images and sound recordings, and a fine art collection of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.

About the Spencer Museum of Art:

Located on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, the Spencer Museum of Art is a vibrant cultural center that connects art and people. With a diverse collection of more than 45,000 works, the Spencer is the only museum in Kansas with contemporary and historic artwork in all mediums from cultures across six continents.



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