Coming soon: “Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography”

 In MOA Behind-the-Scenes, MOA Features

We at the museum are excited to present the first look at the next exhibition: Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography. Members from the Registration, Fabrication, and Design teams at the MOA are hard at work preparing the gallery.

Dr. Janalee Emmer, curator of the exhibition has been working on the exhibition for over a year. In preparing for the exhibition opening, she shares her thoughts about the importance of the exhibition and what she loves about it:

One thing I love about this exhibition is that you can essentially see how photography changed and evolved within the first couple of decades of the 20th-century as you walk through the exhibition. The early embrace of atmospheric, painterly approaches is obvious in the first part of the show, and then it quickly transforms as photographers adopt more straightforward styles as well as unusual, modern perspectives and angles.

Most of these works are fairly small, so there is a feeling of intimacy in the gallery as you move in to look at the photographs. As you step close to the works, it’s a bit like stepping back in time.


Below are a few photos behind-the-scenes of our installation team as the countdown to opening day is on. Photo-Secession: Painterly Masterworks of Turn-of-the-Century Photography opens on Friday, August 11.


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