From Margins to MainstaysHighlights from the Photography Collection

April 24 through September 26, 2021

James Van Der Zee, American, 1886–1983, Kate and Rachel Van Der Zee, Lenox, Massachusetts (detail) ,1909 (printed 1974), Gelatin silver print, Gift of the Stuart Society in honor of Alan Du Bois, MFA Assistant Director, 1966–1984

This exhibition features masterworks from the photography collection that were made by artists whose careers and personal lives were sidelined, ignored, or impacted by their gender, race, sexuality, or nationality. From Margins to Mainstays will illustrate how the canon of photography has changed since the medium first began being shown in museums in the 1940s, with particular emphasis on rectifying the small percentage of women and artists of color historically acquired by and displayed in public collections. The exhibition will include works by Berenice Abbott, Lotte Jacobi, Carrie Mae Weems, Lee Miller, Cornelius Marion Battey, James Van Der Zee, and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.


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