Walter Rosenblum, Girl on a Swing, 1936
The Baltimore Museum of Art: Friends of Photography
Fund, and Women's Committee Photography Fund
The Academy Art Museum presents a major exhibition of 42 rarely shown vintage prints by some of the world’s best known 20th century photographers on loan from The Baltimore Museum of Art.
Christopher Brownawell, director of the museum, says, “The Academy Art Museum is thrilled to once again partner with The Baltimore Museum of Art, in this case to introduce our audience to the richness of American photography as it chronicled the varied aspects of our surroundings and culture.”
Picturing America 1930-1960: Photographs from The Baltimore Museum of Artbegins with the work of Walker Evans and his quintessential image of Marion, Alabama that helps illuminate the American condition in rural areas. Compelling documentary photographs heightened awareness of the physical realities in the late 1930s – from Farm Security Administration images by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans that reveal the hardships faced by migrant farmers in California and small-town life in the South, to Berenice Abbott and Aaron Siskind’s ambitious views of New York City neighborhoods.
The exhibition concludes with post-war American works, most notably as Weegee and Ralph Eugene Meatyard move away from the journalistic approach and begin to incorporate elements from other areas of the pictorial arts including surrealism and abstraction.