“Modern Women/Modern Vision” pays tribute to the most influential photographers of the 20th century

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June 30, 2022

Grace Ebert

Sandy Skoglund (American, b. 1946), “Revenge of the Goldfish” (1981), Cibachrome print. Bank of America collection. Image © 1981 Sandy Skoglund

One of the most accessible mediums, photography has long been a gateway for those relegated to the periphery of the art world, and a group exhibition is currently on view at Denver Art Museum celebrates those who helped develop and define the genre as it grew throughout the 20th century. Modern women/modern vision features over 100 shots from some of the most influential photographers of the time—the list includes Berenice Abbott, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, Eva Besnyö, and Imogen Cunningham – showcasing their distinct aesthetic, politics and styles.

An indication of the technical evolution of the medium as well as the changing cultural milieu, the exhibition opens with modernist sensibilities and popular painterly impulses at the turn of the century, evident in works like Abbot’s textured, black and white “Court of the First Model Building. The show ventures into the moving documentary footage funded by the works Progress Administration throughout the Great Depression – some of Lange’s most poignant shots are included – and then discusses the feminist practices of photographers like Flor Garduño, which captured the lives of indigenous people across Mexico. Reflecting the rise of digital, the final section of the collection incorporates a wider range of techniques and more directly addresses issues of race, class and gender that continue to dominate conversations today.

Modern women/modern vision is visible until August 28. (via blind magazine)

Berenice Abbott (American, 1898-1991), “Court of the First Model Tenement, New York City, from Changing New York” (March 16, 1936), gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection

Esther Bubley (American, 1921-1998), “Greyhound Shop” (1942). Gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection

Hellen van Meene (Dutch, born in 1972), Untitled (2000), color chromogenic print. Bank of America collection. Image © Hellen van Meene, courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Helen Levitt (American, 1913-2009), New York, about 1940, gelatin silver print. Bank of America collection. Image © Film Documents LLC, courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne

Flor Garduño (Mexican, b. 1957), Taita Marcos, Cotacachi, Ecuador (1988), gelatin silver print. Bank of America collection. Image © Flor Garduño Photography

Karȋna Juárez (Mexican, b. 1987), “Insomnia” (from the series Acciones para recordar), Oaxaca, Mexico (2012), inkjet print. Bank of America collection. Image © 2021 Karȋna Juárez

Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965), ‘Child and Her Mother’, Wapato, Yakima Valley, Washington (1939), gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection

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