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Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography

May 7, 2010–April 18, 2011

The Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, third floor

Learn more about the publication Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art

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For much of photography’s 170-year history, women have expanded its roles by experimenting with every aspect of the medium. Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium’s history from the dawn of the modern period to the present. Including over two hundred works, this exhibition features celebrated masterworks and new acquisitions from the collection by such figures as Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Florence Henri, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lucia Moholy, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others. The exhibition also highlights works drawn from a variety of curatorial departments, including Bottoms, a large-scale Fluxus wallpaper by Yoko Ono.

The exhibition is organized by Roxana Marcoci, Curator; Sarah Meister, Curator; and Eva Respini, Associate Curator, Department of Photography.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with MoMA’s publication of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art in June 2010 and is made possible by the Modern Women’s Fund.
Ilse Bing. <i>Self-Portrait in Mirrors.</i> 1931. <br/>
Gelatin silver print, 10 1/2 x 12" (26.8 x 30.8 cm). <br/>
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Joseph G. Mayer Fund. © 2010 The Ilse Bing Estate/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery

Ilse Bing. Self-Portrait in Mirrors. 1931.
Gelatin silver print, 10 1/2 x 12" (26.8 x 30.8 cm).
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Joseph G. Mayer Fund. © 2010 The Ilse Bing Estate/Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery