MoMA Visit Essay

Topics: Gender identity, Gender role, Gender Pages: 3 (1081 words) Published: October 19, 2013
"Art is always in the eyes of the beholder. Only posterity has the right to point out our mistakes." 1

Three Works in Black and White Photography: A Visit to MoMa, 10 July 2013 The Floor Plan and Guide brochure provided by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) suggests for self-guided visits to concentrate on a section or artist for short visits. Considering the museum's vertical sprawl of six upper levels and two lower levels, this is a sensible consideration. The class assignment led to the third floor, to the Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, where 19 New Acquisitions and Bill Brandt's Shadow and Light exhibits were on display. Our assignment was straightforward, if not simple: select three photographs (or series) which intrigued us and write about them. After walking around and viewing works by: Yto Barrada, Phil Collins, Liz Deschenes, Stan Douglas, VALIE EXPORT, Robert Frank, Paul Graham, Leslie Hewitt, Birgit Jürgenssen, Jürgen Klauke, Běla Kolářová, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Dóra Maurer, Oscar Muñoz, Mariah Robertson, Allan Sekula, Stephen Shore, Taryn Simon, Hank Willis Thomas and Bill Brandt, these three artists and selected works were chosen: Bill Brandt, Birgit Jürgenssen and Jürgen Klauke. Bill Brandt

Bill Brandt was a German born Hermann Wilhelm Brandt on May 2nd, 1904. He was too young to have participated in WWI, but certainly lived through interesting times before his death in December 20th, 1983. He moved to England in 1933, at which point he began to build his reputation as a visionary modernist photographer. Bill Brandt recorded a variety of subjects, though he is very well known for his nude photographs and his techniques for distorting the appearance of the human body in his works. He is styled according to the MoMA curators as "unpredictable." There are a series of images, eight photographs arranged in a four by two grid, which display the eyes of some well known visual artists of Brandt's time. These close up shots with their...
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