National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938–2010
April 22–August 5, 2012

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Works by
Harry Callahan
Bruce Davidson
Walker Evans
Robert Frank
in the Gallery's Collection

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Image: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #22, 2001. National Gallery of Art, Charina Endowment Fund, Copyright Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #22, 2001. National Gallery of Art, Charina Endowment Fund, Copyright Philip-Lorca diCorcia ©
Since the invention of small hand-held cameras and faster films in the late 19th century, photographers have been fascinated with capturing everyday life in the urban environment. An exhibition of nearly 90 works will celebrate how photographers such as Harry Callahan, Bruce Davidson, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Beat Streuli creatively pursued a new genre of street photography, capturing the diversity and rapid pace of modern life.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation and the Trellis Fund.

Tru Vue has provided in-kind support of the Optium® Acrylic Glazing for the works of art.

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, April 22–August 5, 2012

Download the digital brochure for I Spy: Photography and the Theater of the Street, 1938–2010

Image: Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Head #22, 2001. National Gallery of Art, Charina Endowment Fund, Copyright Philip-Lorca diCorcia.(PDF, 29.5MB) Download Adobe Acrobat 9 or higher
This interactive brochure offers video excerpts from Beat Streuli's time-based work and audio clips from interviews with Bruce Davidson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia along with 24 photographs by Harry Callahan, Davidson, diCorcia, Walker Evans, and Robert Frank. (Interactive features available with Acrobat Reader, Version 9 or higher.) Plans include the release of an app for the iPad during the course of the exhibition.

Download the digital brochure (PDF, 29.5MB) Download Adobe Acrobat 9 or higher