In true MFA fashion, the museum has curated a 446 image exhibition highlighting some of the most striking and significant images from the 20th century. Thanks in large part to Howard Greenberg Collection Photographs which account for the nearly 150 images in the “Viewpoints” exhibit, you are able to celebrate some of the most enduring and powerful photographs of our times in a single space. The exhibit allows you to fully nvestigate photography’s transformative power and its role in contributing to our collective memories and histories. The museum harmoniously celebrates photography as an art form, as well as a social, cultural and political phenomena.
As you meander through the exhibition gallery, pay close attention to a 14 minute film in the first quarter of the gallery. There you will see the passionate collector speak in his own words surrounded by the most prized photographs he has acquired. A discerning collector and photography expert, Howard Greenberg is a photographer, gallery dealer, an advocate for the arts. He is a true connoisseur who spent decades assembling this collection of significant 20th-century prints by many of the era’s most notable photographers. As you continue through the space, you will be amazed at how many of the most famous photographs he has collected and has shared with us. Within the exhibit discover photographs like European modernist masterpieces from the 1920s and ’30s to socially engaging works such as powerful visual testimonies of Depression-era America, politically engaged street photography, wartime photojournalism, and compelling depictions of African American life through the Civil Rights movement. Each room within the exhibit features a theme that is successfully represented by the amazing works on display including Capturing Modernism; Picturing the City; Conflicts and Crises; Bearing Witness; Fleeting Moments; Defining Portraits; and Music, Fashion, and Celebrity.
Discover “Viewpoints” at the MFA as it highlights and celebrates exceptional prints (several are the earliest or first or only print ever made of an image.) This is a truly unparalleled opportunity for close looking at rare and exceptional collection.
Severally renowned photographs from around the world are featured in “Viewpoints” including Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Consuelo Kanaga, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Edward Steichen, and Weegee. Together, the works on view demonstrate the emotive power of the camera and the photographic print.
“Viewpoints” is available with purchase to the Museum from Now through December 15th 2019. For more information visit “Viewspoints” at The MFA