On Site: Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, MOMA, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on July 13, 2010 at 11:34 am


Ilse Bing, Self-Portrait in Mirrors

A major exhibit at the MOMA, now through March 21, 2011, developed from their impressive collection of women photographers.

For much of photography’s 170-year history, women have expanded its roles by experimenting with every aspect of the medium. Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium’s history from the dawn of the modern period to the present. Including over two hundred works, this exhibition features celebrated masterworks and new acquisitions from the collection by such figures as Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Florence Henri, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lucia Moholy, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others. The exhibition also highlights works drawn from a variety of curatorial departments, including Bottoms, a large-scale Fluxus wallpaper by Yoko Ono.

We had to go through the exhibit several times to absorb all that was recorded over the past decades by these distaff talents. The Black and White selections by Sherman, Solomon, Shook, Conner and Smith are interesting works on a number of levels: subjects, expressions, technique and aesthetic.

We also have to cite the special “Serial Killer” piece of JoAnn Verberg as an important marker in the on going dialogue promoted by these women.

Are they any different from their male colleagues in how they approach the medium? Here is an excellent event where you can make that determination …

For more information: MOMA

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