Moyra Davey

Born in Toronto, Canada
Lives and works in New York


Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, 1989
MFA, University Of California, San Diego, CA, 1988
BFA, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 1982


Moyra Davey is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York. Davey has produced seven narrative videos including Hemlock Forest (2016), Notes On Blue (2015), My Saints (2014), Les Goddesses (2011), Fifty Minutes (2006). She is the author of Burn the DiariesI’m Your FanLong Life Cool WhiteThe Problem of Reading, and is the editor of Mother Reader: Essential Writings on Motherhood. Davey has been the subject of major survey exhibitions at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway (2016); Camden Arts Centre, London (2014); Kunsthalle Basel (2010); and Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2008). She has had solo exhibitions at Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2014); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2014); Tate Liverpool (2013); Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (2013), and many others. Her work was shown in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and the 2012 Sao Pãolo Biennial and is found in major public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Tate Modern in London. She was awarded the Anonymous Was a Woman Award in 2014.


Murray Guy, New York
greengrassi, London


Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Canada Art Bank Collection
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
The Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge
Foundation 20/21, New York
Fondation Stichting A, Brussels
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Tate Modern, London
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The National Gallery of Art, Washington
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Museo Jumex, Mexico City
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto