American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White

October 2, 2010–January 11, 2011
Second floor

American Modern examines the practice of documentary photography through the work of three of the most important photographers of the 1930s—Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and Margaret Bourke-White. Although they were not the decade’s only documentary photographers, each contributed a fundamental, independent, and novel idea about documentary to the common pool of artistic practice: for Abbott, it was the notion that photography was a means of critical dialogue and communication; Evans thoroughly investigated the idea that photography has a unique and essential relationship to time; and Bourke-White developed a repertoire wherein documentary could fuse the logic and pageantry of modern industry with the drama and individual narratives of its subjects. Together, the careers of Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White chronicle the fortunes of the medium during this important decade.

American Modern: Abbott, Evans, Bourke-White has been co-organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine. The exhibition and accompanying publication have been made possible in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

The Fort Worth presentation is supported in part by RBC Wealth Management. Promotional support is provided by Star-Telegram, WFAA, and American Airlines.