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Women Photographers: A Modern Vision

The Denver Art Museum presents more than 100 photographs by women artists that reflect on history and society.

“Women embraced the medium early on, in part because photography had fewer barriers for female participation, compared with more traditional art forms such as painting and sculpture” writes Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Denver Art Museum. Divided in six thematic areas, the show celebrates women’s contribution to the development and evolution of photography in the 20th century.

Dorothea Lange. Child and Her Mother, Wapato, Yakima Valley, Washington, 1939

Laura Letinsky. Untitled #49, 2002

Gertrude Käsebier. Miss Minnie Ashley, 1905

Berenice Abbott. Court of the First Model Tenement, New York City, 1936

The selection includes members of the Photo League, which offered spaces and equipment to more than 100 women at a time when most photo clubs excluded them. It continues with photographers for the Farm Security Administration, then Margaret Bourke-White, the first woman to serve as a U.S. war correspondent, Graciela Iturbide, Cindy Sherman and Hellen van Meene’s contemporary scenarios. The exhibition is a reminder that women have adventured into the public space since the dawn of photography to tell stories related to society, gender, politics and economic change.

Hellen van Meene. Untitled, 2000

Esther Bubley. Greyhound Shop, 1942

Neeta Madahar. Sustenance #104, 2003

Carrie Mae Weems. Untitled, from the Kitchen Table Series, 1990

The exhibition “Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection” is on view at the
Denver Art Museum
until August 28.

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