Edward Steichen Bouquet of Flowers, January 8, 1940
Color Rush, the new exhibition at the Milkwalkee Art Museum, that looks at the history of color photography in the United States. The show examines the 75 year period between 1907 and 1981, when color photography took over the American visual landscape and was embraced by culture high and low.
In addition to some of the earliest color photographs, the exhibition features advertising images, magazine spreads, photojournalism and art photography. Included in the mix are surprising color landscapes shot by Ansel Adams for Kodak, photographic abstractions by artist Hy Hirsh, and John Collier’s documentary images shot in the 1940s for the Farm Security Administration.
The range of images in Color Rush reflects the interconnected nature of color photography’s history. It’s a history in which artists, popular magazines, advertisers, and film companies all played a major role in making color photography the ubiquitous medium it is today.
Last week I spoke with the curator’s of Color Rush, Lisa Hostetler and Katherine Bussard.
Color Rush is on view through May 19th ath the Milwaukee Art Museum. The show’s catalog will be out later this spring via Aperture. Lisa and Katherine will be speaking about Color Rush in New York City on April 6th as part of the AIPAD photography show at the Park Avenue Armory. Click here for more information.
Ansel Adams Zabriskie Point, Death Valley, CA, ca. 1959
Nickolas Muray Christmas Cakes and Cookies, ca.1935
George Seeley [Red Bowls with red beads, green fabric], 1909
Stephen Shore Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California, June 21, 1975, 1975
Jack Delano At the Vermont state fair, Rutland [man and truck], September 1941
Images via Milwaukee Art Museum
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