|Installation view of Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection|
photograph by Arthur Evans
|Edward Weston - Point Lobos, Calif. 1939|
Beginning in the 1840s with a vitrine full of Daguerreotypes, and continuing through the early 2000s, this compendium of the history of Western photography is a treasure trove that belongs at a teaching museum, where Berry and Shear contrived to place it at the fingertips of students, curators and scholars for the years to come. For now, we get to be those scholars, exploring about half the collection where it is gorgeously arrayed through the Tang's entire second floor galleries, in pristine rows and heady constellations of cleanly framed prints.
|Andre Kertesz - Satiric Dancer 1926|
|Aaron Siskind - Chicago 42 1952|
|Lewis Hine - A Young German|
Just Arrived at Ellis Island 1910
While the sexy stuff is the heart of the show, its soul is deeper - war, child labor, and other social issues are present, as are conceptual art and abstraction. Portraiture is also a theme here (not a huge interest for me personally, but of great significance in the medium of photography) and the landscape, both urban and natural, is another theme (and of greater personal import to me).
|Emmett Gowin - Edith, Newtown, Pennsylvania 1974|
|Nan Goldin - Pawel's Back, East Hampton 1996|
Nice job, Jack. And, one more thing: Thanks for sharing.
|Installation view of Borrowed Light Note: the middle section has now been rehung with a different selection by Skidmore art history students researching the collection.|
Photograph by Arthur Evans