Framing the 1930s: A Decade of Architectural Photography

September 25, 2018–February 3, 2019 D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Photography has the power to influence the way that we see and interpret our surroundings. Showcasing photographs from the private collection of Peter Gordenstein, this exhibition will explore how renowned artists such as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Paul Strand and others were inspired by the formal qualities of architecture and environment. In an era of modernity and hardship, these photographers showcased skyscrapers to shacks through an emphasis on line, angle, pattern, and composition.


Berenice Abbott. New York at Night, 1932. Gelatin silver print. Photograph courtesy of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, photograph by Laura Shea. An original print of this photograph from the collection of Peter Gordenstein will be on display in the exhibition.