Moyra Davey

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Moyra Davey
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Known forPhotography, Video, Film, Writing

Moyra Davey (born 1958) is a Canadian artist based in New York City. Davey works across photography, video, and writing. Since the 1980s she has exhibited widely, received numerous awards, and her work has been acquired by prominent institutions.

Early life[edit]

Moyra Davey was born in 1958 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1] Davey received a BFA from Concordia University in 1982 and a MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. In 1989, she attended The Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.


Since the late 1970s, Davey has built an increasingly influential body of work composed of photographs, writings, and video. She was previously a faculty member at the Bard College International Center of Photography Program.[2]

Select Solo exhibitions[edit]

Prizes and awards[edit]

Public collections[edit]

Important exemplars of Davey’s works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Tate Modern, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto.[14]


  • Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood. New York: Seven Stories Press, 2001. ISBN 1583220720
  • The Problem of Reading. Los Angeles: Documents Books, 2003. ISBN 0974260509[15]
  • Long Life Cool White: Photographs and Essays by Moyra Davey. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Art Museums; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. Introduction by Helen Molesworth. ISBN 9780300136463
  • Copperheads. Toronto: Byewater Bros. Editions, 2010. ISBN 9780978078935
  • Speaker Receiver, Berlin: Sternberg Press, 2010. Essays by George Baker, Bill Horrigan, Chris Kraus, and Eric Rosenberg, and an interview by Adam Szymczyk; ISBN 9781934105207.
  • Galerie J Chronology, Boabooks, 2011. ISBN 9782940409280
  • The Wet and the Dry, Paris: Paraguay Press, 2011. Edited by castillo/corrales and Will Holder; ISBN 9782918252115
  • Empties. Vancouver: Presentation House, 2013.
  • Burn the Diaries. Brooklyn: Dancing Foxes, 2014 ISBN 9780985337728
  • I'm Your Fan. London: Camden Arts Centre, 2014
  • The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art[16]
  • Les Goddesses / Hemlock Forest. Brooklyn: Dancing Foxes Press, 2017. ISBN 9780998632605


  1. ^ "Moyra Davey" Archived October 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. ^ Bard College International Center of Photography
  3. ^ Exhibition : Monologues (with Julia Scher), Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, 2006
  4. ^ Exhibition : Fifty Minutes, Goodwater, Toronto, 2007
  5. ^ Exhibition : Long Life Cool White, The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2008 Archived March 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Exhibition : My Necropolis, Murray Guy, New York, 2009
  7. ^ Exhibition : Speaker Receiver, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 2010 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Exhibition : My Necropolis, Goodwater, Toronto, 2010
  9. ^ Exhibition : Les Goddesses, Greengrassi, London, 2011
  10. ^ Exhibition : Spleen. Indolence. Torpor. Ill-humor, Murray Guy, New York, 2012 [1]
  11. ^ Exhibition : Ornament and Reproach, Murray Guy, New York, 2014
  12. ^ "Moyra Davey wins $50,000 Scotiabank Photography Award". Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  13. ^ S, Leah; als. "Moyra Davey Wins $50K Scotiabank Photography Award". Canadian Art. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "Moyra Davey Biography". Murray Guy. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  15. ^ The Problem of Reading available online at Murray Guy Gallery's website
  16. ^ Greenough, Sarah; Nelson, Andrea; Kennel, Sarah; Waggoner, Diane; Ureña, Leslie (2015). The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art. National Gallery of Art. ISBN 978-0500544495.

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