Skip to Content

The Art of Paul Strand

December 2 – February 3, 1990
East Building, Upper Level and Mezzanine, Northeast

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 150 nature, landscape, portrait, and architectural photographs celebrated the centennial of Paul Strand's birth. 61 photographs in the exhibition came from the Southwestern Bell Foundation, including 6 given to the National Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition and 55 promised as gifts. This exhibition was the first large retrospective of the artist's work since his death in 1976. Films produced by Paul Strand were shown daily in the East Building small auditorium: Manhattan, The Wave, The Plow That Broke the Plains, The Heart of Spain, Native Land, and It's Up to You.

Organization: Sarah Greenough, curator of photography at the National Gallery, was the exhibition curator.

Sponsor: Southwestern Bell Foundation supported the exhibition and catalogue.

Attendance: 98,751

Catalog: Paul Strand: An American Vision, by Sarah Greenough. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art in association with Aperture Foundation, 1990.

Other Venues: Art Institute of Chicago, May 26–July 21, 1991
Saint Louis Art Museum, August 11–October 6, 1991
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, November 10, 1991–January 12, 1992
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, March 12–May 15, 1992
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, June 14–August 16, 1992
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, September 16–November 22, 1992

Strand, Paul
American, 1890 - 1976