The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936 - 1951
Presented by Columbus Museum of Art
Venue: Columbus Museum of Art
CMA and The Jewish Museum (TJM) and are co-organizing The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League 1936-1951, the first comprehensive exhibition in a generation to consider the breadth and impact of this unprecedented organization's work. From its social documentary roots in the 1930s, the League became more experimental throughout and after WWII, exploring diverse approaches to street photography that would later become known as the New York School. Drawing on the depth of two museum collections, the exhibition comprises 150 vintage prints and extensive ephemera. To place the League's origins in context, the exhibition will explore a range of sources out of which the idealism of the group arose, beginning with the convergence of the aesthetic and political concerns within photography and filmmaking that characterized the worker-photography movement of the 1920s and 1930s in Germany and the Soviet Union. The Radical Camera presents the work of the Photo League against this international background as the still photographers separated from the Film and Photo League in 1936 to underscore the medium's autonomy and extraordinary potential.
This event has past.
This event funded by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council