This major retrospective presents the work of a critical figure in the history of modern art, American photographer and filmmaker Paul Strand (1890–1976), whose archive of nearly 4,000 prints stands as a cornerstone of the Museum’s collection. Emphasizing the influential artist’s most important projects from the 1910s through the 1960s, the exhibition surveys Strand’s entire life’s work, including his breakthrough trials in abstraction and candid street portraits, close-ups of natural and machine forms, and extended explorations of the American Southwest, Mexico, New England, France, Italy, Scotland, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, and Romania.
This exhibition includes approximately 250 of Strand’s finest prints, selected primarily from the Museum’s holdings, with important early prints from public and private collections. The wide range of imagery highlights how Strand radically changed his work at several key moments in an effort to identify photography's pivotal role as a means of understanding and describing the modern world. The exhibition also features works by fellow artists from the Alfred Stieglitz circle (Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, and Arthur Dove), screenings of Strand’s films, and a selection of archival materials.
Photojournalist David Maialetti on Paul Strand’s Portrait of an Italian Village
David Maialetti describes the continuing allure of Luzzara, Italy, a modest town along the Po River that Paul Strand photographed in 1953. Published in a book called Un Paese: Portrait of an Italian Village in 1955, Strand’s compelling images have had a lasting impact, particularly on the people of Luzzara. In 2014 Maialetti traveled to the town to discover what it is like today.Watch Video >>
The international tour is organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in collaboration with Fundación MAPFRE and made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.
In Philadelphia, the exhibition is supported by The Annenberg Foundation Fund for Major Exhibitions, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Lynne and Harold Honickman, Veritable, LP, The PepsiCo Foundation, Jeffrey A. Beachell, The Center for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Leigh and John Middleton, Mr. and Mrs. Stewart A. Resnick, Constance and Sankey Williams, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, John Alchin and Hal Marryatt, Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky, Steve and Gretchen Burke, David and Julia Fleischner, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Fox, Mr. and Mrs. Berton E. Korman, Ira M. Lubert, Lisa D. Kabnick and John H. McFadden, Bruce and Robbi Toll, an anonymous donor, and other generous supporters.
In-kind support provided by Pace/MacGill Gallery.
The accompanying publication is supported by Lynne and Harold Honickman and The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Scholarly Publications at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The acquisition of The Paul Strand Collection was made possible through the leadership support of Lynne and Harold Honickman, Marjorie and Jeffrey Honickman, and Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest; and with contributions from The Annenberg Fund for Major Acquisitions and The Henry P. McIlhenny Fund in Memory of Frances P. McIlhenny, The John D. McIlhenny Fund, Barbara B. and Theodore R. Aronson, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Lois G. and Julian A. Brodsky, Annette Y. and Jack M. Friedland, Zoë and Dean Pappas, Andrea M. Baldeck, M.D., and William M. Hollis, Jr., Thomas P. Callan and Martin McNamara, Constance and Sankey Williams, Betty and Harry Gottlieb and family, Ruth and Peter Laibson, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Bonnie and Peter McCausland, and an anonymous donor, as well as through the generosity of Cynthia B. Holstad, The Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Donald V. Selkow and Lynne Clibanoff, Anne R. Albright and Trevor R. Drake, Jill and Paul Aschkenasy, Ralph Citino and Lawrence Taylor, Sally and Timothy Rub, Innis Howe Shoemaker, and many other generous individuals, and through funds raised from deaccessioned works of art.
Peter Barberie, The Brodsky Curator of Photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center; with Amanda Bock, Project Assistant Curator
Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, first floor
Philadelphia Museum of Art (October 21, 2014–January 4, 2015)
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (March 7–May 17, 2015)
Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid (June 3–August 23, 2015)
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London (March 19–July 3, 2016)