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A New Vision: Modernist Photography Opens at Currier Museum of Art Feb. 4, 2012

Exhibition Shows Modernist Impact on Today’s Artists

Manchester, NH – A New Vision: Modernist Photography traces the development of the modernist movement from the 1920s to its continuing impact on artists today. The exhibition will be on view Feb. 4 through May 13, 2012 and features 125 works drawn from the Currier Museum of Art’s growing collection of historic photographs.

Reflecting the international nature of modernism, A New Vision includes American photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward and Brett Weston, Margaret Bourke-White and Charles Sheeler, as well as European artists such as German-born New Hampshire photographer Lotte Jacobi and her colleagues László Moholy-Nagy and Imre Kinski, among others.

Modernist photographers created images of isolated elements from nature and the manmade world from unexpected and often close-up vantage points. The results are striking abstract compositions that emphasize the repetition of shapes or patterns, dramatic contrasts of light and shade, or disorienting views of urban and natural worlds. This new vision shared by modernist photographers made form and composition as important as subject matter in their photographs. 

Contemporary photographers are still building upon the artistic language that their predecessors developed. Paul Caponigro, who lives in Cushing, Maine, Carl Hyatt of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Lee Friedlander of New York City all clearly connect to modernism and will be part of A New Vision.

A New Vision also explores the reciprocal influences among all media that shaped the modern art movement. Artists in the varied media shared a common vision; to illustrate this interconnectedness, paintings and drawings by Marsden Hartley, Charles Sheeler, Yasuo Kuniyoshi and Arthur Dove will be paired with photographs in this exhibition.

This special exhibition is supported Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. and by Barbara and Thomas Putnam.

The Currier Museum of Art is located at 150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH. Open every day except Tuesday. Museum admission: adults $10; seniors $9; students $8; children age 17 and under are always admitted free. More information: or call 603.669.6144 x108.