March 04, 2024

On view

Shows from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta to travel to Andover

This winter, the Addison Gallery of American Art will present Robert Frank and Todd Webb: Across America, 1955 and A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845. Together, the two exhibitions offer a wide variety of perspectives on the American experience from the 19th century to the present. In addition to 100 photographs by Robert Frank and Todd Webb, nearly 200 works by photographers including Alexander Gardner, James Van Der Zee, Lewis Hine, Margaret Bourke-White, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Sally Mann, Dawoud Bey, Sheila Pree Bright, Tommy Kha, and RaMell Ross will be on view in A Long Arc. The Addison is the second stop for each traveling exhibition.

“We are thrilled to present these two dynamic exhibitions,” said Allison Kemmerer, The Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director of the Addison. “As one of the first American museums to actively collect and exhibit photography, the Addison has long appreciated the power of the medium to examine important narratives in American history. Though these exhibitions tell different stories, each presents perspecves that reveal the ambitions, anxieties, and desires of the nation.”

Matt Herron, The March from Selma, 1965, gelatin silver print, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, gift of Gloria and Paul Sternberg, 1999.154.5. © Estate of the artist


A Long Arc: Photography and the American South since 1845 presents nearly 200 works that examine the South’s place in the history of photography, and reveals the region’s critical impact on the evolution of the medium.

Robert Frank and Todd Webb: Across America, 1955 exhibits the photographs that Robert Frank and Todd Webb created separately during their 1955 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, which show strikingly similar images that revealed popular cultural trends and shared ideologies.

Winslow Homer , The West Wind, 1891, oil on canvas, 30 x 44 inches, gift of anonymous donor, 1928.24

Laying the Foundation: Exploring the Nucleus of the Addison’s Collection explores the eclectic mix of works that comprise the Addison’s founding collection, which reflects not just the best of what was available on the market at the time but also the specific tastes of those who contributed to its creation.

Finding American Form: 20th-Century Selections from the Permanent Collection examines how American artists in the 20th century mined the space between representation and abstraction, taking inspiration from European and African art, as well as their own urban environments and the natural world.

Top Image

Clarence John Laughlin, The Masks Grow to Us, 1947, gelatin silver print, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, purchase with funds from Robert Yellowlees, 2015.40. © Estate of the artist

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