Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949
13 Dec 2014 - 19 Apr 2015
December 13, 2014–April 19, 2015. IN2303.40. Photograph by Jonathan Muzikar.
The Museum acquired more than 300 photographs from Thomas Walther’s private collection in 2001. Featuring iconic works by such towering figures as Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Florence Henri, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Maurice Tabard Umbo, and Edward Weston, along with lesser-known treasures by more than 100 other practitioners, this exhibition presents the exhilarating story of this key moment in photography’s history, allowing both experts and those less familiar with the medium to understand these photographs in new ways.
The forthcoming website Object:Photo. Modern Photographs 1909–1949: The Thomas Walther Collection will present the culmination of the ambitious, groundbreaking four-year research collaboration between MoMA’s departments of Photography and Conservation focused on the development of photographic modernism in Europe and the United States. The MoMA team is also working with the participation of over 30 leading international photography scholars and conservators for an eponymous publication that will be the most extensive effort to integrate conservation and curatorial research efforts on photography to date and a forerunner of photography research currently underway at other museums. This collaborative project is led by Maria Morris Hambourg, Founding Curator, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Jim Coddington, Chief Conservator, The Museum of Modern Art. In their respective departments, the project is overseen by Mitra Abbaspour, Associate Curator, Department of Photography, and Lee Ann Daffner, Andrew W. Mellon Conservator of Photographs. Additionally, a symposium is being planned; details and date are forthcoming.
Organized by Quentin Bajac, the Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, and Sarah Hermanson Meister, Curator, with Angeliki Kounava, 12-Month Intern, Department of Photography.