Masters of Photography Exhibition 20th Century to Present Collection

| November 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to present Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection, an exhibition featuring more than 100 works spanning major photographic movements that are diverse in subject, style and technique. Made possible by a loan from prolific collectors Cam and Wanda Garner, the exhibition includes works from many of the most influential photographers in the medium’s history. The collection will be on view at the Museum from November 14, 2020 through March 14, 2021.

The exhibition is grouped thematically into three sections. The first, Reflections on Nature, presents a variety of landscapes, including famed environmentalist Ansel Adams’s El Capitan, Sunrise Winter, Yosemite National Park, and organic aesthetics. Things as They Are analyzes subjects of the city, society and conflict with familiar examples from Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The final section, Manipulating Reality, looks at expressions of abstraction and allegory in the medium, from early 20th-century work by Frank Eugene to the modern cinematic dreamscapes of Gregory Crewdson.

“For more than a decade, the Garners have supported the Museum and the greater San Diego community, and have generously gifted over 300 works from their collection to the Museum and loaned many more, including those featured in our current exhibition Mary Ellen Mark: Twins,” said Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director at The San Diego Museum of Art. “Cam Garner himself is an established photographer, and his reverence for the medium is reflected in the breadth of this collection as well as his dedication to sharing important works with the public.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by programming, including members’ preview events on November 13 and 14, a Guest Lecture featuring photographer Scott b. Davis on November 20, an Art of Elan pop-up performance, collaborations with local performing arts organizations and more.

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World #14 is the work of Ruud Van Empel. It incorporates dye destruction print, face-mounted to Plexiglas.

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