Seen & Unseen

Photographs by Imogen Cunningham

February 2 - April 29, 2018

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American photographer Imogen Cunningham was an extraordinary technician who produced deeply poetic work.

American photographer Imogen Cunningham was an extraordinary technician who produced deeply poetic work. In the 1930s she joined the West Coast Group f.64, which included Ansel Adams, Henry Swift, and Edward Weston. Instrumental in the struggle for the acceptance of photography as a legitimate art form, Cunningham was also a social activist, documenting the beat movement of the 1950s and the countercultural revolution of the late 1960s. Throughout her career, Cunningham valued the importance of light, form, and pattern in her compositions. Her pioneering use of platinum printing and often of double exposures are still of interest to contemporary photographers. Cunningham, who died in 1976, remains one of the most popular and innovative photographers in the history of the genre.

Learn more about the exhibition with our multimedia tour featuring in-depth discussions with experts from both inside and outside the art world.

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The exhibition was organized by the Imogen Cunningham Trust in association with Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

From the Exhibition

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Agave Design

Imogen Cunningham

Agave Design (1920)

Imogen Cunningham

Seen

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Magnolia Blossom

Imogen Cunningham

Magnolia Blossom (1925)

Imogen Cunningham

Seen

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Three Dancers Mills College

Imogen Cunningham

Three Dancers Mills College (1929)

Imogen Cunningham

Seen

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Frida Kahlo, Artist

Imogen Cunningham

Frida Kahlo, Artist (1931)

Imogen Cunningham

Seen

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Forest in France

Imogen Cunningham

Forest in France (1960)

Imogen Cunningham

Unseen

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My Father, Mother, Bossy, and My German Doll

Imogen Cunningham

My Father, Mother, Bossy, and My German Doll (1972)

Imogen Cunningham

Unseen

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Davey Morris Studio Quail Eggs

Imogen Cunningham

Davey Morris Studio Quail Eggs (1972)

Imogen Cunningham

Unseen

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Hand and Leaf of Voodoo Lily

Imogen Cunningham

Hand and Leaf of Voodoo Lily (1972)

Imogen Cunningham

Seen

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Hands of A Hand Surgeon

Imogen Cunningham

Hands of A Hand Surgeon (1973)

Imogen Cunningham

Unseen

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Inspiration Outside the Classroom

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Spring is the time of the year when students get stir crazy and need fresh inspiration. So it was time to get out of the classroom at River Bluff High School and into the Columbia Museum of Art to see Imogen Cunningham’s Seen & Unseen.

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The CMA would like to thank the following sponsors:

Presented by

  • Dr. Suzan D. Boyd and Mr. M. Edward Sellers

Grantor

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Media Sponsors

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Patron Sponsors

  • Dr. Jeffrey J. Kline
  • Mr. Bill Schmidt
  • Mr. and Mrs. David E. Dukes
  • Zoës Kitchen

Lipscomb Sponsor

  • Marcia and Allen Montgomery
  • Dr. Lynn Robertson
  • Mrs. Marcia Stine

Additional Support

  • Sheila and Tony DiCioccio
  • Anonymous