The David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University will host a photography exhibit, “Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography,” from Feb. 9 through April 8. There will be an opening reception for the show on Feb. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
“Impressionism to Modernism: Masterworks of Early Photography” celebrates an intrepid group of photographers at the turn of the 20th century on both sides of the Atlantic who fought to establish photography as a full-fledged art form. Their leader was Alfred Stieglitz, whose exhibition space, the “Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession,” and exquisitely printed magazine, “Camera Work,” advanced the vision of the most ambitious artist-photographers, including Heinrich Kühn, Gertrude Käsebier, Edward Steichen, and Clarence White, as well as Stieglitz himself.
This exhibit is drawn from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. The exhibit also covers the explosive aftermath of the Photo-Secession, when, starting with the work of Paul Strand in 1915-16, photography transitioned by fits and starts from Pictorialism to Modernism.
For this show, the gallery will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. It will be closed Sundays, Mondays, and March 7 through March 11. Guests are advised that this exhibit contains some works that display the nude human figure.
The David McCune International Art Gallery coordinates exhibitions of art by student, regional, national, and international artists, educating students and the public through a diverse representation of fine art. For more information about the gallery, please visit davidmccunegallery.org.
This event is made possible through grants by the Cumberland County Tourism Development Authority, the David & Helen Clark Art Museum Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. and the Community Arts Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.
Photo Credit: Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864-1946): “The Steerage,” © 1907, photogravure, 13 1/8×10 1/2 in. Collection of Michael Mattis & Judith Hochberg. Courtesy of art2art Circulating Exhibition.