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Oklahoma State University

Impressionist to Modernist: Milestones in Early Photography

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Through a selection of more than seventy rare, vintage prints, this exhibition captures a pivotal period in the development of photography. Spanning a period from the 1880s to the 1930s, Impressionist to Modernist follows the progression of photography from the painterly, impressionistic work of Pictorialism through “straight” photography, a Modernist approach of directly representing the world free of any artificial manipulation of the image. The exhibition is organized around the electric personality of Alfred Stieglitz, photographer, champion of modern art, and famously the husband of Georgia O’Keeffe. Photographers represented include Americans Gertrude Käsebier, Alfred Stieglitz, and Paul Strand; Englishmen Peter Henry Emerson and Frederick H. Evans; and the Austrian Heinrich Kühn.


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This exhibition is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions, LLC. Local funding has been provided by: the OSU Museum of Art Advocates, Malinda and Dick Fischer,
Jim Vallion, the OSU Museum of Art Founding Patrons and Charter Members, and the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. 

On view: 
January 16, 2018 to April 07, 2018