American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White

Walker Evans (1903–1975) [Lunchroom Window, New York City], 1929.  Gelatin silver print © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Arnold H.  Crane, 1971, 1971.646.35
Walker Evans (1903–1975) [Lunchroom Window, New York City], 1929. Gelatin silver print © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Arnold H. Crane, 1971, 1971.646.35
  • Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) Manhattan Bridge Looking Up, 1936.  Gelatin silver print.  The Art Institute of Chicago, Works Progress Administration Allocation, 1389.1943

    Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) Manhattan Bridge Looking Up, 1936. Gelatin silver print. The Art Institute of Chicago, Works Progress Administration Allocation, 1389.1943

  • Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) Bread Store, 259 Bleeker Street, 1937.  Gelatin silver print.  Museum of the City of New York, 49.282.57

    Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) Bread Store, 259 Bleeker Street, 1937. Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York, 49.282.57

On October 2, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents 'American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White.'  This special exhibition explores the work of three of the foremost photographers of the twentieth-century and the golden age of documentary photography in America. 

Featuring more than 140 photographs by Berenice Abbott (1898–1991), Margaret Bourke-White (1906–1971) and Walker Evans (1903–1975), American Modern was co-organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. 

The exhibition is the result of a unique partnership between three curators: Jessica May and Sharon Corwin of the Carter and Colby, respectively, and Terri Weissman, assistant professor of art history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Together, the three curators present the works of these three artists as case studies of documentary photography during the Great Depression and demonstrate how three factors supported the development of documentary photography during this important period in American history: first, the expansion of mass media; second, a new attitude toward and acceptance of modern art in America; and third, government support for photography during the 1930s.

“This exhibition considers the work of three of the best-loved American photographers in a new light, which is very exciting,” says curator Jessica May.  “Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White are undisputed masters of the medium of photography, but they have never been shown in relation to one another.  This exhibition offers viewers an opportunity to see works together that have not been shown as such since the 1930s.”

In addition to vintage photographs from over 20 public and private collections, the exhibition also features rare first-edition copies of select books and periodicals from the 1930s.  American Modern, May says, “reminds us that documentary photography was very much a public genre—this was the first generation of photographers that truly anticipated that their work would be seen by a vast audience through magazines and books.”

A scholarly catalogue, published by the University of California Press, accompanies the exhibition.

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