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CASETalks raises awareness about the impact photography has on effecting change. Each month, CASE presents a discussion with an educator, curator, or nonprofit to talk about issues important to their practice and how photography helps educate their audience. We look forward to presenting ideas that help foster dialogue and action.

2022 Schedule


Lisa Volpe / Curator of photography

video: 14.43 min

Lisa Volpe, Curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston... reality TV addict and dog lover.


How and why museums collect is often mysterious. With amazing candor, Lisa Volpe explains how the MFAH approaches acquisitions, what she finds of interest, and how photographs effect change.

A quick internet search defines a museum as "an institution that collects, preserves, interprets, and displays objects of artistic, cultural, or scientific significance for the education of the public." If you speak with curators, they often talk about building a cohesive collection that records history as it is happening, to preserve cultural heritage. The photography collection at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is recognized as one of the most important collections worldwide. In less than fifteen minutes, Lisa Volpe explains how and why specific photographs were acquired by the MFAH. 


This talk is a must for educators, collectors, photographers, and anyone who visits a museum. Enjoy!


Click to go directly to MFAH photography collection.

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CASETalks is presented with support from the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

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