Into the Sunset

Photography's Image of the American West

Untitled, from the series The Wild West. 1989 image
Untitled, from the series The Wild West. 1989.  David Levinthal (American, born 1939) Color instant print, 24 x 19 1/2" (61 x 49.6 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York.  All rights reserved.  David Levinthal.  United States  2009.

Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West examines how photography has pictured the idea of the American West from 1850 to the present. Photography's development coincided with the exploration and the settlement of the West, and their simultaneous rise resulted in a complex association that has shaped the perception of the West's physical and social landscape to this day.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Sunday 29 March 2009 to Monday 08 June 2009

For over 150 years, the image of the West has been formed and changed through a variety of photographic traditions and genres, and this exhibition considers the medium’s role in shaping our collective imagination of the West.

Into the Sunset brings together over 120 photographs made by a variety of photographers. These works illustrate photography’s role in popularizing ideas of the sublime landscape, Manifest Destiny, and the “land of opportunity,” as well as describing a more complex vision of the West, one that addresses cultural dislocation, environmental devastation, and failed social aspirations.

Organized thematically, Into the Sunset includes photographs dating from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, incorporating a range of artistic strategies, motifs, and concerns, and featuring the work of approximately seventy photographers, including Robert Adams, John Baldessari, Dorothea Lange, Timothy O’Sullivan, Cindy Sherman, Joel Sternfeld, Edward Weston, and Carleton E. Watkins. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog.

Organized by Eva Respini, Associate Curator, Department of Photography.

The exhibition is supported in part by the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim Foundation.

Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor

Art Event published by MOMA on Tuesday 07 April 2009.
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