Last-Day Walkthrough: American Moments at The Phillips Collection
DC/South Chapter members will be starting this Sunday in the right way — meeting up at Dupont’s Firefly restaurant for brunch. After socializing and brunching we’ll head over to The Phillips Collection to experience the last day of their American Moments exhibit. Featuring more than 130 photographs by 33 artists, the exhibit showcases strength and variety through examples of Modernism, street photography, documentary expression, and photojournalism. If you’re interested in taking their audio tour or seeing collection highlights, videos and their calendar of events, download The Phillips Collection app for free.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
ASPP Brunch at Firefly in Dupont: 11:00a – 12:30p
The Phillips Collection, American Moments Exhibit: 1p – 2:30p
Event Admission: $12 for adults; $10 for students as well as visitors 62 and over; free for members and visitors 18 and under.
More about American Moments: The city became one of America’s most potent symbols after World War I, and photographs by Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Lewis Hine, Clarence John Laughlin, and Paul Strand, among others, capture its sense of wonder. Their abstractions of buildings and machinery—tightly cropped compositions taken at unconventional angles—evoke signs of invention and industry. Abbott documented the transformation of New York City into a modern urban center with impressive photographs of the skyscrapers that replaced older buildings; Louis Faurer’s bustling street scenes and crowded spaces lit by movie marquees offer a different point of view, capturing the energy and nightlife of Times Square. Other images explore the expressive potential of land and nature, highlighting urban and rural scenes taken on travels across America for the federal government, as magazine commissions and as private work, photographers were sent to the field to frame images of middle-class life during and after World War II. Bubley, drawn to the world of the everyday, responded with photographs of women at work. Documentary photographers Jack Delano, Walker Evans, and Life magazine contributor Alfred Eisenstaedt also recorded the changing face of the workforce during this time. Traveling along Route 1, Abbott took photos from Maine to Florida, expertly capturing the essence of small-town America, while William Christenberry, Bruce Davidson, Eisenstaedt, and Lee Friedlander transformed vernacular subjects into engaging social commentaries. Portraits by Arnold Newman offer a glimpse into the character of the artist. Additional images show intimate scenes of familial connection inspired by the snapshot and moving images that broadly consider issues of identity, representation, and memory…an inspiration to many of the great Modernist photographers including Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Alfred Stieglitz, and Brett Weston.