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In Light of the Past: Twenty-Five Years of Photography at the National Gallery of Art

May 3 – July 26, 2015
West Building, Ground Floor, East Outer Tier Galleries

Roger Fenton, Fruit and Flowers, 1860, albumen print from collodion negative, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Paul Mellon Fund

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

Overview: Some 175 masterpieces will be featured from the National Gallery's photography collection, all acquired within the last quarter century. Highlighting exquisite nineteenth-century works and turn-of-the-century pictorialist photographs; exceptional examples of international modernism from the 1920s and 1930s and seminal mid-twentieth-century American photography; as well as photographs exploring new directions in color and conceptual art from the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition demonstrates the richness of the National Gallery’s photography collection and showcases the vitality of the medium as an art form, from its birth through the end of the twentieth century.
The curators of the exhibition are Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, and Diane Waggoner, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art.

Organization:  The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Trellis Fund.

Attendance: 59,478

Building a Collection: Photography at the National Gallery of Art
Audio, Released: May 12, 2015, (44:01 minutes)