Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography

About the Exhibit

“Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography” celebrates an intrepid group of photographers at the turn of the 20th century on both sides of the Atlantic who fought to establish photography as a full-fledged art form. Their leader was Alfred Stieglitz, whose exhibition space, the “Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession,” and exquisitely printed magazine, “Camera Work,” advanced the vision of the most ambitious artist-photographers, including Heinrich Kühn, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Clarence White, as well as Stieglitz himself.

This exhibit is drawn from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. The exhibit also covers the explosive aftermath of the Photo-Secession, when, starting with the work of Paul Strand in 1915-16, photography transitioned by fits and starts from Pictorialism to Modernism.

This event is made possible through grants by the Cumberland County Tourism Development Authority, the David & Helen Clark Art Museum Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. and the Community Arts Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

Exhibition Dates
Feb. 9 - Apr. 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Feb. 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Thumbnails from the Exhibition

The Steerage

Alfred Stieglitz
(American, 1864-1946)
"The Steerage," ©1907, photogravure, 13 1/8x10 1/2 inches

Collection of Michael Mattis & Judith Hochberg. Courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibition.
The Mirror

Clarence H. White
(1871-1925)
"The Mirror," ca. 1912
Platinum print, 9 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches

Collection of Michael Mattis & Judith Hochberg. Courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibition.
New York Street Scene with Flatiron Building

Karl Struss (1886-1981) "New York Street Scene with Flatiron Building," ca. 1915, Gelatin silver print, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
©1983 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Ft. Worth, TX.
Collection of Michael Mattis & Judith Hochberg. Courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibition.
Calla Lily

Edward J. Steichen (1879-1973) "Calla Lily," ca. 1921, Platinum print, 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

Collection of Michael Mattis & Judith Hochberg. Courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibition.
Opening Reception

Opening Reception
Opening Reception

Opening Reception
Opening Reception

Opening Reception
Opening Reception

Opening Reception
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