David Taylor: Working the Line

Curated by Michelle Lamunière, former John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Assistant Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums

In Spring 2014, a selection of photographs by David Taylor from his Working the Line project was on view at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Cambridge. David Taylor is a photographer and Art Professor at the School of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson. In his multiyear two-part project, Taylor documented the boundary monuments marking the United States–Mexico border and the associated activities—border security, drug and human smuggling, and ongoing construction—that reflect the challenges of life on both sides. The exhibition at DRCLAS presented approximately 20 photographs of border monuments as well as examples of the daily events Taylor witnessed while capturing them. A video monitor also showed the artist’s photographs of all 276 monuments in a continuous loop.

The exhibition was presented by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Harvard Art Museums and was made possible in part by generous support from the Brillembourg and Brodsky Endowment Funds at DRCLAS and the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums.