Artist | Barbara Morgan (1900 - 1992)

Alias: Barbara Morgan [Barbara Johnson, Barbara Brooks Morgan]

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    • Barbara Morgan

      Martha Graham, Letter to the World (Kick)1940
    • Barbara Morgan

      Hearst over the People1939



Barbara Morgan was an acknowledged pioneer in photography. Born Barbara Brooks Johnson in 1900 in Kansas, Morgan studied painting and printmaking at the University of California. Upon graduation, she became an artist and a teacher at U.C.L.A. advocating modern art. From 1923 through 1929 Morgan exhibited regularly in museums throughout California. In 1925 she married the noted photo?historian Willard D. Morgan, who encouraged her to become involved in photography. The Morgans moved to New York in 1930, and Barbara Morgan's interest in photography took hold.

In 1935 Morgan attended performances by Martha Graham and began her long association with dance photography. Morgan developed a relationship with Graham that would last some 60 years. Her documentation of American modern dance is a significant legacy of an emergent dance form

Utilizing a wide range of experimental techniques, Morgan strove to portray the essential qualities of her subject matter. Her explorations with photomontage and light drawings were unique to the American photography of her time. Especially important to Morgan's aesthetics was her belief in the social role of art.

Barbara Morgan died in 1992. There are numerous books and articles about her life and work. Her photographs have been exhibited in prestigious museums world?wide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, International Center of Photography, New York, and Kunsthaus, Zurich.

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Exhibitions in artist-info 33 (S 7/ G 26) Did show together with - Top 5 of 1999 artists
(no. of shows) - all shows - Top 100
Harry M. Callahan [Harry Callahan, Harry Morey Callahan] (11)- 97
Aaron Siskind (9)- 91
Edward Weston [Edward Henry Weston] (9)- 137
Man Ray [Emmanuel Rudinski] (8)- 496
Helen Levitt (7)- 89
Exhibitions by type
33:   8 / 19 / 6 / 0
Venues by type
26:   7 / 13 / 6 / 0
Curators 24
artist-info records Aug 1943 - Nov 2023
Countries - Top 5 of 7
United States (22)
Germany (4)
Switzerland (2)
Israel (1)
Sweden (1)
Cities - Top 5 of 17
New York (16)
Los Angeles (2)
Rosenheim (1)
London (1)
Asheville (1)
Venues (no. of shows ) Top 5 of 26
Museum of Modern Art - MoMA (1/7) (5)
Museum of Modern Art - MoMA (2/7) (3)
Bruce Silverstein Gallery (2)
Schloß Charlottenburg - Orangerie (1)
Städtische Galerie Rosenheim (1)
Curators (no. of shows) Top 5 of 24
Edward Jean Steichen(2), Tanja Pirsig-Marshall(1), Hillary Reder(1), Starr Figura(1), Kristin Bartels(1)
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 - Der Baum in der Fotografie aus der Sammlung SpallArt
Städtische Galerie Rosenheim G Sep 2023 - Nov 2023 Rosenheim (5) +0
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Bauhaus und Amerika

 - experimente in Licht und Bewegung
LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur G Nov 2018 - Mar 2019 Münster (171) +0
Pirsig-Marshall, Tanja (Curator)       +0
Bartels, Kristin (Curator)       +0
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Making Space

 - Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction
Museum of Modern Art - MoMA (2/7) G Apr 2017 - Aug 2017 New York (150) +0
Figura, Starr (Curator)       +0
Meister, Sarah Hermanson (Curator)       +0
Reder, Hillary (Curator)       +0
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Begin To See

 - The Photographers of Black Mountain College
Black Mountain College Museum G Jan 2017 - May 2017 Asheville (30) +0
Thomson, Julie J. (Curator)       +0
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Abstract Expressionism

Royal Academy of Arts G Sep 2016 - Jan 2017 London (49) +0
Anfam, David (Curator)       +0
Devaney, Edith (Curator)       +0
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In Focus

 - Electric!
J. Paul Getty Museum G Apr 2016 - Aug 2016 Brentwood / Westwood (36) +0
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