“The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel” Exhibition

The Museum of Modern Art

poster for “The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel” Exhibition
[Image: Berenice Abbott "George Washington Bridge, Riverside Drive and West 179th Street, Manhattan. January 17, 1936" Gelatin silver print, 9 9/16 x 7 5/8 in. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Promised gift of Robert B. Menschel © 2016 Berenice Abbott]

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The Paul J. Sachs Galleries, second floor

The Shape of Things: Photographs from Robert B. Menschel presents an engaging survey of The Museum of Modern Art’s multifaceted collection of photography. Borrowing its title from the eponymous work by Carrie Mae Weems, the exhibition is drawn entirely from works acquired over the past 40 years with the support of Robert B. Menschel, telling the story of photography from its beginnings.

Covering more than 150 years of photography—from an 1843 view of Paris by William Henry Fox Talbot, the English father of photography, to An-My Lê’s depictions of US military exercises in preparation for war in Iraq and Afghanistan—the exhibition underscores an equal attention to the past and the present, and a strong belief that they complement each other; and that each generation reinvents photography. Since Menschel joined the Committee on Photography at MoMA in 1977, over 500 works have entered the collection through his support, including 162 photographs he recently donated from his personal collection.



from October 29, 2016 to May 07, 2017

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