Against the Best Possible Sources
Hamon Arts Library’s Hawn Gallery
Southern Methodist University
curated by Olivia Smith
On view September 6–December 20, 2019
Against the Best Possible Sources is part of an Elizabeth Moran’s ongoing project including extensive research of the TIME, Inc. corporate archive and an investigation of the earliest history of the first professional fact-checkers, a position invented by the fledgling company in 1923 and held exclusively by women until 1971. Over time, the primary sources used by the fact-checkers have been retired into storage or eliminated completely. In this exhibition, Moran conflates this loss of primary sources with the untold stories of the early fact-checkers and their contribution to modern journalism.