Moments in Time: Master Photographs from the Currier showcases
the rare and historic photographs collected by the Currier Gallery of Art
in Manchester, N.H. The black-and-white photographs in the exhibit include
works by popular artists Edward Steichen and Ansel Adams along with
innovators in the field such as Alfred Stieglitz and Man Ray.
I think there is enough variety in this exhibit to pique people's
interest,'' says Maureen Ahern, director of the Thorne-Sagendorph.
Photographs range from portraits of scientists Albert Einstein and
Charles Darwin to artists Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp to writers and
dignitaries J. Russell Lowell and Chief Little Wound of the Ogalalla Sioux.
The exhibit captures historical moments such as the Civil War
battlefield of New Hope Church, Georgia, photographed by George Barnard in
1864. Other images document social issues such as the hardships of the
unemployed and poverty stricken in Striking Worker Murdered and Public
Thirst, two 1934 works by Manuel Alvarez Bravo.
Some works emphasize the innovations in photography including a
daguerreotype created on silver-plated copper by Louis J.M. Daguerre in
1839 and a 1930 rayograph devised by Man Ray using shadows of objects
projected directly on photosensitive paper.
The images are displayed in chronological order to illustrate
artistic developments and technical advances in photography. Within this
historical framework are groupings in portraiture, landscape, modernism,
still life, and documentary photographs.
These groupings show the diverse manner in which photographers
throughout time have approached similar subject matter, explains Ahern.
Moments in Time has a New Hampshire connection with several works
by Lotte Jacobi. Jacobi apprenticed in her father's photo studio in Berlin,
emigrated to New York in 1935, and in 1955 moved to Deering, N.H., where
she is credited with influencing many prominent Granite State
Portrait of Salvador Dali,
photograph, c. 1940.