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Walker Evans American Photographs

A collective portrait of the Eastern United States during a decade of profound transformation.

Committed January 2021 - December 2022

Exhibition Images

  • Walker Evans. Interior Detail, West Virginia Coal Miner's House, 1935

    Walker Evans, American, 1903–1975. Interior Detail, West Virginia Coal Miner's House, 1935, Gelatin silver print, 8 7/8 x 7 3/16 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase.

  • Walker Evans. Parked Car, Small Town Main Street, 1932

    Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Parked Car, Small Town Main Street, 1932, Gelatin silver print, printed c.1969 by Charles Rodemeyer, Approx. 8 x 10" (20.3 x 25.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Departmental Collection. Gift of the artist

  • Walker Evans, Roadside Stand Near Birmingham, 1936

    Walker Evans, Roadside Stand Near Birmingham, 1936, photograph. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8c52874

  • Walker Evans, Sunday Singing, 1936

    Walker Evans, Sunday Singing, 1936, photograph. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-USZ62-13830

  • Walker Evans, Negro Barber Shop Interior, Atlanta, 1936

    Walker Evans, Negro Barber Shop Interior, Atlanta, 1936, photograph. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8c52232

  • Walker Evans, Ferry and river men. Vicksburg, Mississippi , 1936

    Walker Evans, Ferry and river men. Vicksburg, Mississippi , 1936, photograph. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8c52119

About the Exhibition

This installation celebrates the 75th anniversary of the first one-person photography exhibition at MoMA, and the accompanying landmark publication that established the potential of the photographer’s book as an indivisible work of art. Together and separately, through these projects Walker Evans created a collective portrait of the Eastern United States during a decade of profound transformation—one that coincided with the flood of everyday images, both still and moving, from an expanding mass culture and the construction of a Modernist history of photography.

Comprising approximately 60 prints from the MoMA collection that were included in the 1938 book or exhibition, the installation maintains the bipartite organization of the originals: the first section portrays American society through images of its individuals and social contexts, while the second consists of photographs of American cultural artifacts—the architecture of Main streets, factory towns, rural churches, and wooden houses. The pictures provide neither a coherent narrative nor a singular meaning, but rather create connections through the repetition and interplay of pictorial structures and subject matter. The exhibition’s placement on the fourth floor of the Museum—between galleries featuring paintings by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol—underscores the continuation of prewar avant-garde practices in America and the unique legacy of Evans’s explorations of signs and symbols, commercial culture and the vernacular.

Specifications

  • Organizer

    Museum of Modern Art

  • Loan Duration

    8-12 Week Loan

  • Space Requirements

    The exhibition was installed at MoMA in a 1260sf gallery with 120 running linear feet

  • Supporting Materials

    Didactics and extended labels; Publication available at a discount to tour venues.

Availability & Touring

  • January– to April 2021

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  • July– to October 2021

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  • January– to March 2022

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  • May– to August 2022

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  • September– to November 2022

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