RECENT ACQUISITIONS: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
American Photography: Recent Acquisitions from The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Organized by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkanz Chief Curator, and Sarah Meister, Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The Museum of Modern Art has been collecting photographs since the early 1930s. Even before establishing an independent Department of Photography (in December 1940) the Museum had amassed an impressive array of photographs, made by some of the medium’s leading practitioners: Walker Evans, Edward Weston, László Moholy-Nagy, to name but a few. Since then, the Museum has built a collection that reflects the richness and vitality of photography’s creative traditions from the inception of photography to the present day.
Recent strategic reviews of collecting priorities have focused these efforts and the photographs on view—all acquired since 2013—represent the results of several of these initiatives. With an attentiveness to post-war “American” achievements in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the pursuit of key achievements in depth (William Klein, Geraldo de Barros, Susan Meiselas), conceptual practices (Regina Silveira, Liliana Porter, Sarah Charlesworth), works that address questions of gender and identity (Lyle Ashton Harris, Mark Morrisroe, Oscar Munoz), and contemporary trends (Collier Schorr, Lisa Oppenheim) : these are some of the Department’s current goals that are presented here.
The RECENT ACQUISITIONS exhibition is presented on the 1st floor in the Salon d’Honneur at the Grand Palais.