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Walker Evans American Photographs

Now available through Art Bridges:

Walker Evans American Photographs

The Museum of Modern Art’s 2013 exhibition Walker Evans American Photographs celebrated both 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. 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 of works from the MoMA collection that were included in either 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.

Based on an exhibition originally organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York and organized by Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, with Tasha Lutek, Collection Specialist, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Tour Administrator: The Art Bridges Foundation

Space Requirements: The exhibition was installed at MoMA in a 1,260 sf gallery with 120 running linear feet

Supporting Material: Didactics and extended labels; Publication available at a discount to tour venues

Exhibition Costs:* Pro-rated and shared costs based on the overall tour itinerary

Tour Duration: 5 venues at 8-12 weeks each

*Art Bridges Partner Institutions are eligible for financial support through an Exhibition Project. If you’d like to apply for support to bring this exhibition to your museum – start here.

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