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MoMA Highlights Photography’s Influential Role in Contemporary Art

By Ruth Dunn on May 14th 2013

An exhibition featuring influential works by 19 artists grounded in diverse photographic traditions is currently on show at the Museum of Modern Art until January 6, 2014.

‘XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography’ addresses Photography’s influential role in contemporary art by showcasing 19 major recent acquisitions for the first time.

The works in this exhibition attest to the creative fertility of the medium from 1960 to today; ranging from post-war experiments with darkroom processes, to 1970s feminist performances conceived for the camera, to political and documentary engagements with labor history and globalization in the 1980s and 1990s, to forms of archival and historical reconstitution made since 2000.

Lynn Hershman Leeson. 'Roberta’s Construction Chart #2', 1976. Chromogenic color print, printed 2003. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Modern Women’s Fund. © 2013 Lynn Hershman Leeson

Lynn Hershman Leeson. ‘Roberta’s Construction Chart #2’, 1976. Chromogenic color print, printed 2003. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Modern Women’s Fund. © 2013 Lynn Hershman Leeson

You can expect a diverse range of photography, including Robert Frank’s experimental photo-collages; Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places series, which proved that a color photograph could be considered a work of art; a collection of materials documenting Lynn Hershman Leeson’s avant-garde experimental creation of a fictional alter ego;  work by Allan Sekula and Yto Barrada exploring issues of globalization; and camera-less pictures by Liz Deschenes and Mariah Robertson.

Gallery 5 will also open on August 23 with a section devoted to photographic works by Phil Collins, Stan Douglas, Leslie Hewitt, Taryn Simon, and Hank Willis Thomas.

Want more information? MoMA is presenting Lectures and Gallery Talks in conjunction with this exhibition.

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Ruth is a Brisbane based journalist specialising in articles about visual art, photography, design and fashion. Co-founder of Raw Ink magazine, she enjoys uncovering interesting and unique events, issues and people to write about.

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