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Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950
Photography has its beginnings in France and England during the third and fourth decades of the nineteenth century. The United States quickly played a critical role in the history of the medium. By the early twentieth century, the photographic image became a primary vehicle for visual communication in America. Photographs were common in such varied forms as the tabloid press, family snapshots, magazines, postcards, scientific documentation, and the fine arts. Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 looks at ways in which fine art photography has examined American identity. Organized thematically, interweaving the traditions of both modern and contemporary photography, the exhibition is divided into seven sections: American Roads, The Body, City and Suburb, Fantasy, Nature, Rural America, and We the People. This major exhibition presents over 100 works by Diane Arbus, Cecilia Condit, John Coplans, Vernon Fisher, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Martin Kersels, O. Winston Link, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michaels, Eva Rubinstein, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, Alec Soth, Minor White, Garry Winogrand, and Ida Wyman, among others. Focal Points: American Photography Since 1950 will be on view in the museum’s main galleries.
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