Monday, January 20, 2014

Photography Exhibition: The Museum of Modern Art - Walker Evans American Photographs

Walker Evans. Penny Picture Display, Savannah, Georgia. 1936The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), in New York, NY has another in a string of amazing photography exhibitions in the US. Walker Evans American Photographs is another in a long line of great exhibitions at MOMA. If you’re in the New York City area, don’t miss this exhibition. It's only going to be around until early spring.

The exhibition will run through March 9, 2014.

This installation celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first one-person photography exhibition at MoMA, and the accompanying landmark publication that established the potential of the photographer’s book as an indivisible work of art. Together and separately, through these projects Walker Evans created a collective portrait of the Eastern United States during a decade of profound transformation—one that coincided with the flood of everyday images, both still and moving, from an expanding mass culture and the construction of a Modernist history of photography.

Comprising approximately 60 prints from the MoMA collection that were included in the 1938 book or exhibition, the installation maintains the bipartite organization of the originals: the first section portrays American society through images of its individuals and social contexts, while the second consists of photographs of American cultural artifacts—the architecture of Main streets, factory towns, rural churches, and wooden houses.

As I travel, I love seeing the work of other photographers as I hope you do. If you know of a new photographic exhibition which you think the Blog should publicize, please contact me.

1 comment:

Stan - NYC said...

I was at the exhibition last week. I second your recommendation.

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