The exhibition, curated by Pia Ogea, can be visited until September 26
The National Museum of Romanticism, attached to the Ministry of Culture and Sports, today opened the exhibition Barbara Morgan: Gesture, Dance and Expressionism, which synthesizes the career of the artist Barbara Morgan, key in the American avant-garde, through her photographs of contemporary dance from the 30s and 40s, and also her more experimental work of photomontages and light drawings, framed in the Action Photography. It is an opportunity to highlight this renovator of photography, whose visibility in Europe has still been low.
The Museum, dedicated to the era in which photography was born, could not miss its traditional appointment with PHotoESPAÑA. In addition, this year's exhibition will take place in an exceptional setting, allowing a parallelism to be drawn between the disruptive nature of Romanticism and Barbara Morgan's interest in the change introduced by contemporary dance in the 1836th century, to the extent that it incorporates subjectivity . Added to this are the activities programmed by the Museum, since the exhibition coincides with the thematic semester “Dance in the 1936th century” and preludes the International Congress “A century of dance in Spain (XNUMX-XNUMX). Identities, repertoires, imaginaries and contexts”, which will be held in December.
Curated by Pia Ogea, the Barbara Morgan exhibition is based on the Astudillo Collection and has 6 blocks that show the photographer's interest in kinetics, movement, “Vital Rhythm” and the use of the body as a means of expression, highlighting his dance photography and his relationship with the choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, through works such as Letter to the World. kick o regret.
It also analyzes its more social aspect, collected for example in Deep song, which places the Spanish Civil War in the international spotlight through dance, or in its photomontages, which allowed to capture the complex and multifaceted reality.
Barbara morgan (1900, Buffalo - 1992, New York), graduated in Fine Arts from UCLA University, will play a fundamental role in the conception of photography as an artistic technique, with an exhibition of her own at MoMA in 1945. In addition, it will be one of the founders of the magazine Aperture in 1952 and pioneer in the creation of photobooks. His work will be influenced by some artists who came to the United States in the context of the Second World War, such as Man Ray or Moholy-Nagy, and at the same time it will be an essential reference for abstract expressionism and will be the object of reinterpretation by artists such as Andy Warhol.