Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946) tirelessly promoted photography as a fine art. Through his own photographic work over the course of a half-century, the photographic journals he edited and published, and the New York galleries at which he organized exhibitions of photographs, paintings, and sculpture, Stieglitz showed photography to be an integral part of modern art in America. In a search for artistic ancestors, he looked intently at photography of the 19th century, most notably that of Julia Margaret Cameron and the Scottish duo David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson. Their work resonated for Pictorialism, a movement that valued painterly, handcrafted images, and these earlier photographs were exhibited and reprinted for new audiences. Stieglitz’s fledgling interest to create a history of photography as an art form was also evidenced in his decision, later in his career, to revisit his own prior output, reprinting earlier images in a high modernist style.
The Stieglitz collection at the Art Institute includes several later Cameron and Hill and Adamson prints along with important works by Stieglitz himself, Edward Steichen, and other Pictorialist artists. Drawn entirely from the permanent collection, this exhibition examines how 19th-century photographs influenced Pictorialist practice. Fostering close looking at different photographic processes—from salt and albumen prints of the 19th century, to carbon prints and photogravures of turn-of-the-century reproduction, to crisp gelatin silver prints of the modernist period—it shows Stieglitz and his circle in the context of a changing photographic history.
6 hours 51 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Put your own creative spin on 30 masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago. Our coloring book is now available online at the Museum Shop.
12 hours 2 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT The Boy Scouts check out Whistler’s Mother, on view at the Art Institute for the Chicago World’s Fair, 1933.
Whistler’s iconic painting has only been exhibited at the Art Institute on two occasions: once in 1933 and again in 1954 for the exhibition Sargent, Whistler, and Mary Cassatt. See this beloved American portrait—at the Art Institute again for the first time in over 60 years—starting March 4.
13 hours 33 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago TOMORROW—Join us for a special After Dark in the Modern Wing! Catch a performance from the legendary psychedelic pop group Os Mutantes and explore the exhibition Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium—where visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations.
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