Visual Arts Past Faculty

Michele Abeles

Michele Abeles headshot


Michele Abeles uses photography as a tool to explore the physical and psychological experience of the digital revolution. She examines the use-value of images and image production. This includes our emotional relationship to images along with their wider societal role in commerce and politics. Abeles shoots both in the studio and out in the world. She moves fluidly between different photographic genres such as still life, the nude and street photography. 

Recent solo presentations include the Whitney Museum of Art, New York; 47 Canal, New York and Sadie Coles, London. Abeles’s work has been featured in major group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Kunstlerhaus Graz, Austria; Fridericianum Kassel, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work is in the public collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Aishiti Foundation, Lebanon; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.

Abeles began teaching at Princeton in 2014. She has also been on the faculty at The New School and City College of New York.  As an undergraduate, she received a B.A. in Psychology and Drama from Washington University in St. Louis and then she earned an M.F.A. in Photography from Yale University. Abeles lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Michele Abeles talks with Kerstin Bratsch in Interview Magazine

Campus Address

Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street