Modern Photographs From The Thomas Walther Collection Premieres MoMa’s Extraordinary Collection Of Early 20th Century Photographs
Exhibition Coincides with the Culmination of the Thomas Walther Collection Project, a Four-Year Research Collaboration Between MoMA’s Curatorial and Conservation Staff
Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection,
December 13, 2014–April 19, 2015
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The Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, third floor
Press Viewing Hour: Wednesday, December 10, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
NEW YORK, December 4, 2014—Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949, on view from December 13, 2014, to April 19, 2015, explores photography between the First and Second World Wars, when creative possibilities were never richer or more varied, and when photographers approached figuration, abstraction, and architecture with unmatched imaginative fervor. This vital moment is dramatically captured in the photographs that constitute the Thomas Walther Collection, a remarkable group of works presented together for the first time through nearly 300 photographs. Made on the street and in the studio, intended for avant-garde exhibitions or the printed page, these objects provide unique insight into the radical intentions of their creators. Iconic works by such towering figures as Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt, Alvin Langdon Coburn, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Paul Strand are featured alongside lesser-known treasures by more than 100 other practitioners. The exhibition is organized by Quentin Bajac, the Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, and Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, MoMA.