The Block Museum’s photography collection is about social documentary work.
The Block Museum Photography Collection‘s foundational strength is in social documentary work. The ones of particular interest are the valuable two hundred photographs by W. Eugene Smith. This material was obtained from a remarkable donation. It was done by well-known collectors as Richard Sandor and Ellen Sandor. The collection’s content includes important works by Smith’s photographic essays. There are also, proudly displayed, Recording Artists, Musicians and Life Without Germs samples. It can also be seen many reviews of Broadway productions and actors. All of them were produced for Life magazine.
The Block has excellent examples of vintage contact prints. Most of them were produced under the Farm Securities Administration in the 1940s. It is a permanent show of artworks by artists such as Esther Bubley, John Collier and Arthur Rothstein. John Vachon photographs complement the Block Museum’s social realist and Works Progress Administration print collection.
Block Museum ‘s collection includes contemporary photographs. Among them, it can be seen major works by renowned artists. There are exhibited, photographs by David Levinthal, Robert Mapplethorpe, Luis González Palma, Shirin Neshat and Andres Serrano. A special section is proudly dedicated to Andy Warhol‘s remarkable works. Also it can be enjoyed numerous Chicago-based artists’ photographs. They include some by Alan Cohen, Nathan Lerner, Joseph Sterling, Brad Temkin and Edmund Teske. It’s important to underline the exhibition of the remarkable material produced by two women — Barbara Crane and Laura Letinsky — who were deeply involved into their excellent fine artwork.
You are invited to explore the Block Museum’s Photo-gallery.
Information and Images are shared from Block Museum’s Collection, Chicago, Ill, published by the Chicago Reader, on May 2016. Image Credits: Block Museum Photography Collection.