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The New Woman Behind the Camera
February 14 – May 31, 2021
West Building, Ground Floor, West Outer Tier

Ilse Bing, Self-Portrait with Leica, 1931, gelatin silver print, image: 26.67 x 30.48 cm (10 1/2 x 12 in.), Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg

The New Woman of the 1920s was a powerful expression of modernity, a global phenomenon that embodied an ideal of female empowerment based on real women making revolutionary changes. Featuring more than 120 photographers from over 20 countries, this groundbreaking exhibition explores how women emerged as a driving force in modern photography from the 1920s to the 1950s, bringing their own perspectives to artistic experimentation, studio portraiture, fashion and advertising work, scenes of urban life, ethnography, and photojournalism. Photographers include Berenice Abbott, Ilse Bing, Lola Álvarez Bravo, Madame d’Ora, Florence Henri, Elizaveta Ignatovich, Germaine Krull, Dorothea Lange, Dora Maar, Niu Weiyu, Eslanda Goode Robeson, Tsuneko Sasamoto, Gerda Taro, and Homai Vyarawalla.

The exhibition is curated by Andrea Nelson, associate curator in the department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Sponsors: The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation has provided major support for this exhibition. Trellis Fund also kindly provided a leadership gift for this exhibition.

Additional funding is provided by The Exhibition Circle of the National Gallery of Art and the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required

Other venues: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, July 12–November 7, 2021