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A major survey of seventy-five years of American photography, American Photography 18901965 from the Collection is on view at The Museum of Modern through July 8, 1997. The exhibition covers the exceptionally rich period from the turn of the century through the mid-1960s, exploring one of the most inventive chapters in the history of the medium. A richly illustrated book accompanies the exhibition and includes essays by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography, who organized the exhibition, and by critic and cultural historian Luc Sante.
The exhibition includes landmark pictures by all of the central figures of modern American photography, among them Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston. Generous selections of work by these and other leading photographers, together with many remarkable but unfamiliar pictures, contribute to a lively panorama of 180 works by more than 100 photographers.
The exhibition is organized in alternating groups of high-art and vernacular photographs to trace the lively evolution of the two opposing traditions in modern American photography‹and the interchanges between them. "The scale of the exhibition and the range of the collection have allowed us not merely to represent the achievements of the key innovators but also to provide a coherent view of the tradition as a whole," remarks Mr. Galassi. "There are many famous pictures here, but the exhibition is much more than an assembly of masterpieces."
The exhibition will be accompanied by Recent Acquisitions: American Photography, a complementary display of approximately thirty photographic works by contemporary American artists. Included in this exhibition, also organized by Mr. Galassi, are works since 1980 by Robert Adams, Amy Arbus, Richard Artschwager, Ana Mendieta, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Joel Sternfeld, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others.
1890 - 1965 from the Collection
Künstler: Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Edward Steichen, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Edward Weston ...