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The Photographer's Curator : Hugh Edwards at the Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago
$14 - $25
In 1959—after 30 years at the Art Institute—Hugh Edwards became the museum’s curator of photography, a position he held until his retirement in 1970. Edwards worked presciently to build the collection and to expand the museum’s long-standing yet fitful exhibitions program in photography, acquiring approximately 3,000 works and organizing nearly 80 exhibitions in just 12 years. As one of only a handful of American curators specializing in photography at that time, Edwards helped shape the field in Chicago and across the country.

The Photographer’s Curator tracks Edwards’s impact on the field, bringing together nearly 200 photographs by more than 70 artists whose works are held in the permanent collection. An accompanying website allows visitors to explore the museum’s history through never-before-seen archival materials and links to every one of Edwards’s exhibitions and acquisitions, his correspondence with artists and collectors, and excerpts from newly produced oral histories with prominent photographers. Together, the exhibition and online component demonstrate Edwards’s range and ability to position the Art Institute at the forefront of American art museums advocating for photography.

The exhibition is over since the 29/10/2017

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  • Name: Art Institute of Chicago
  • Address: 111 S Michigan Ave - 60603 - Chicago - États-Unis
  • Phone: (1) 312 - 443 3600


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