November 20, 2010–July 3, 2011

Modernist Photography 1910-1950

"Modernist Photography 1910–1950" features approximately 40 American modernist photographs representing highlights from the Museum's own collection as well as The Lane Collection. Complementing the work displayed in several of the other Level 3 galleries in the new Art of the Americas Wing, this exhibition focuses on the concept of the camera as modernist tool in the hands of American photographers during the 1910s through the 1940s. Comprising four sections—American vernacular modernism, portraits and nudes, still life and close-up, and still life and abstraction—each section reflects significant innovations in 20th-century American photography and major strengths of the Museum's holdings. The exhibition presents prints by well-known artists, including Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, and Walker Evans, as well as major figures in The Lane Collection—Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams—along with work by highly inventive, but less well-known names, such as Paul Outerbridge, Wright Morris,  Arthur Siegel, and Dorothy Norman. Also featured in this gallery will be two oil paintings and a graphite drawing by Georgia O'Keeffe and Charles Sheeler.

  • Robert and Jane Burke Gallery (Gallery 335)