John Baeder - Cafe, New Mexico
John Baeder
Cafe, New Mexico
Digital C-Type Color Photograph
1975, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed and editioned 1/5 on recto.

John Baeder - American, Long Island City, NY
John Baeder
American, Long Island City, NY
Digital C-Type Color Photograph
1978, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed and editioned 1/5 on recto.

John Baeder | Joe's Jip Joint, Arizona
John Baeder
Joe's Jip Joint, Arizona
Digital C-Type Color Photograph
1975, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed and editioned 1/5 on recto.

John Baeder | Star Vue, New Mexico
John Baeder
Star Vue, New Mexico
Digital C-Type Color Photograph
1975, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed and editioned 1/5 on recto.

John Baeder - Lenzotti's, Arizona
John Baeder
Lenzotti's, Arizona
Digital C-Type Color Photograph
1975, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed and editioned 1/5 on recto.

John Baeder - Pop-Pops, New Jersey
John Baeder
Pop-Pops, New Jersey
Digital C-Type Color Photograph
1977, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed and editioned 1/5 on recto.

John Baeder - Beverly's Luncheonette, City Island, NY
John Baeder
Beverly's Luncheonette, City Island, NY
Digital C-Type Color Photograph
1975, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed and editioned 1/5 on recto.

John Baeder - Trailer, New Mexico
John Baeder
Trailer, New Mexico
Digital C-Type Color Photograph
1975, Printed 2013
30 x 40 Inches

Signed and editioned 1/5 on recto.

John Baeder - 1934 Packard, Homage to Aunt Emmy and Uncle Zoltan
John Baeder
1934 Packard, Homage to Aunt Emmy and Uncle Zoltan
Archival Pigment Print
c. 2011-2012
11 x 14 Inches
Berenice Abbott - Treasury Building, New York
Berenice Abbott
Treasury Building, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1935, Printed 1979
20 x 16 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Photographer’s signature, in pencil on mount's recto and handstamp on mount's verso
Berenice Abbott - Sumner Healey Antique Shop
Berenice Abbott
Sumner Healey Antique Shop, 942 Third Avenue and 57th Street, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936, Printed 1979
19 1/4 x 15 5/8 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 9/60 on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Gambetta Snuff Shop, 113 Division Street
Berenice Abbott
Gambetta Snuff Shop, 113 Division Street, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1979
19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 9/60 on lower left recto.
Berenice Abbott - Rothman's Pawn Shop, 149 Eighth Avenue
Berenice Abbott
Rothman's Pawn Shop, 149 Eighth Avenue, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1979
19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 9/60 on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Poultry Shop, East 7th Street
Berenice Abbott
Poultry Shop, East 7th Street, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1935-36, Printed 1979
19 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches, Mounted on Board 30 x 24 inches
Signed lower right and numbered 51/60 on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - Gunsmith and Police Department, 6 Centre Market Place
Berenice Abbott
Gunsmith and Police Department, 6 Centre Market Place, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, Printed 1979
15 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches, Mounted on Board 24 x 30 inches
Signed lower right and AP Artist Proof on lower left recto
Berenice Abbott - West Street, New York
Berenice Abbott
West Street, New York
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1938, Printed 1979
16 x 20 inches, Mounted on Board 24 x 30 inches
Photographer’s signature and # 51/60, in pencil on mount's recto and hand stamp on mount's verso
Berenice Abbott - South Street with Brooklyn Bridge
Berenice Abbott
South Street with Brooklyn Bridge, Pier 21, Pennsylvania Railroad, Manhattan
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1937, Printed 1979
16 x 20 inches, Mounted on Board 24 x 30 inches
Signed lower right and annotated AP on lower left recto
Arthur Rothstein - Flood Refugee, Missouri
Arthur Rothstein
Flood Refugee, Missouri
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1937-1938
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and dated on verso. Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Dust Storm, Cimmarron County, Oklahoma
Arthur Rothstein
Dust Storm, Cimmarron County, Oklahoma
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936
19 x 19 inches

Signed, numbered lower right and in pencil on recto. Edition no. 244/300

Arthur Rothstein - Darrel Coble, Son of Farmer in Dust Bowl, Cimarron, Oklahoma
Arthur Rothstein
Darrel Coble, Son of Farmer in Dust Bowl Area, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and dated on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Skull, Badlands, South Dakota
Arthur Rothstein
Skull, Badlands, South Dakota
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1936
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and dated on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Sugar Beet Worker's Children, Treasure County, Montana
Arthur Rothstein
Sugar Beet Worker's Children, Treasure County, Montana
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and # 6/39 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein -Farmer's Son with Prize 4-H Calf, Fairbury Farmstead, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
Farmer's Son with Prize 4-H Club Calf, Fairbury Farmstead, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
14 x 11 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Untitled
Arthur Rothstein
Untitled
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - A Young Couple on Their New Farm, Douglas County, Nebraska
Arthur Rothstein
A Young Couple on Their New Farm, Douglas County, Nebraska
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 5/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - A Pioneer Settler in Her Sod House, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Arthur Rothstein
A Pioneer Settler in Her Sod House, Cimarron County, Oklahoma
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 4/36 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Arthur Rothstein - Virginia City, Montana
Arthur Rothstein
Virginia City, Montana
Silver Gelatin Photograph
11 x 14 inches

Captioned and # 6/39 on verso. Arthur Rothstein collection stamp and Estate stamp, from the collection of Grace Rothstein on verso.

Dune, Oceano
Brett Weston
Dune, Oceano
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1932, Printed Later
16 x 20 Inches

Signed and dated by artist on mount's recto, Brett Weston Archive's authentication stamp on verso.

Brett Weston Dune
Brett Weston
Dunes, White Sands, New Mexico
Early Silver Gelatin Photograph
1946, printed c. 1950s - early 1960s
7 1/2 X 9 1/2 inches

Signed and dated in pencil on the mount's recto.

Brett Weston - Untitled (Train Overpass, New York)
Brett Weston
Untitled (Train Overpass, New York)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1943
8 x 10 inches

Estate authentication stamp with Christian Keesee's signature on verso.

Brett Weston - Untitled (Midtown, New York)
Brett Weston
Untitled (Midtown, New York)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1945
11 x 14 inches

Signed on mount's recto. Estate authentication stamp with Christian Keesee's signature on verso.

Brett Weston - Untitled (Whelan's Drugstore, New York)
Brett Weston
Untitled (Whelan's Drugstore, New York)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1944
14 x 10 inches

Estate authentication stamp with Christian Keesee's signature on verso.

Brett Weston - Untitled (Buildings, New York)
Brett Weston
Untitled (Buildings, New York)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
c. 1940's
11 x 14 inches

Estate authentication stamp with Christian Keesee's signature on verso.

Brett Weston - Untitled (Brooklyn Beachcomber)
Brett Weston
Untitled (Brooklyn Beachcomber)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1944
11 x 14 inches

Estate authentication stamp with Christian Keesee's signature on verso.

Michael Massaia
Michael Massaia
Seeing The Black Dog - Godfrey Trucking
Toned Silver Gelatin Photograph
2011, Printed 2014
30 x 40 Inches

Signed, titled, dated and editioned on verso. Signed and numbered (edition of 7) on recto.

Berenice Abbott - Treasury Building, New York-TB
Berenice Abbott - Sumner Healey Antique Shop-TB
Berenice Abbott - Gambetta Snuff Shop, 113 Division Street-TB
Berenice Abbott - Rothman's Pawn Shop, 149 Eighth Avenue-TB
Berenice Abbott - Poultry Shop, East 7th Street-TB
Berenice Abbott - Gunsmith and Police Department, 6 Centre Market Place-TB
Berenice Abbott - West Street, New York-TB
Berenice Abbott - South Street with Brooklyn Bridge-TB

Americana: Picturing America's Changing Landscape

1/24/2015 - 2/28/2015

The search for the American experience and the American spirit as well as the historical transformation of the nation in the 20th century have been the central forces and greatest influences behind the work of many American photographers. They have been motivated by an experience that is uniquely American. The presence of the land, the culture, the myths, and the symbols that define America were the dominant factors that provoked photographers to venture out across the country to document and capture the development and personality of the unique nation. Photographers have had many types of relationships with America through their various visions and interests resulting in disparate aspects of what makes up and comes to define the myriad voices of this country. The individuals chosen for this exhibition have all left an undeniable mark on the history of presenting the nation through their unique photography. Each in their own manner has chosen subjects that are quintessentially American and presented them to the larger world helping to visually define the personality of the distinctive society and landscape.

A seminal figure in the development of American photography, Berenice Abbott is renowned for her images of New York City in the midst of great transformation during the 1930s. Abbott’s mission was to preserve what was disappearing in New York City and to document the new identity that was emerging among the great skyscrapers with the “Changing New York” project. Abbott leaves behind a great legacy. Her pictures of New York in the 1930s are considered among the most important photographic documentations of an American city essentially signifying the larger transformations that were taking place in the United States at the time.

Arthur Rothstein became the first photographer to join the federally sponsored Farm Security Administration (FSA) photojournalism project. The FSA employed a small group of photographers including Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange to document and publicize the conditions of the impoverished rural areas of the United States. During his five years with the FSA, Rothstein shot some of the most significant photographs ever taken of rural and small-town America and in particular, documenting the Dust Bowl area of the Midwestern United States. His photographs of this period displayed a gritty reality of life in America during the Great Depression and remain a unique document and testament to a way of life in the region during one of the most trying periods in American history.

Brett Weston was among a small group of California photographers in the 1930s, known as the Group f/64 that included Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. In particular, Brett Weston is known primarily for his bold compositions based on quintessentially American Western landscapes and natural forms, and for his extraordinary printing style. He also explored the streets of New York with a focus on details and a subjectively abstract view of the city distinguishing himself from the photography of New York in the preceding decade, notably Berenice Abbott's project "Changing New York.” His approach would govern the most prolific period of Weston's work in the late 1940s and 1950s, when he utilized his highly polished style to photograph Western dunes, beaches, rocks, glaciers, and vegetation that composed the distinctive natural landscape of America.

Originally known for his Photo-Realist paintings of America during the 1970s, John Baeder often photographed the places he wished to paint and would work from his source material to compose his paintings. Baeder’s photographs are now considered as stand-alone works of art. The photographs encapsulate the uniquely American architectural detail and presence of structures which were a part of American roadside culture that are now gone. They provide a sense of the moment showing the cars that were present, the light of the time, or even the signs that were in the windows. His work remains a uniquely artistic testament to the 1970s when the last remnants of the quintessentially American institution were quickly disappearing.

Taken as a whole, the photographers included in the exhibition “Americana” provide us with a collective survey of how American photographers in the 20th century came to not only document and capture the nation through all of its transformations, but also to help define what is uniquely American both physically and culturally. Varying depictions of the cityscape of America, the rural plight of Americans during the Great Depression, and the distinctive environment of America’s natural landscape, as well as the quintessentially American roadside culture all combine to provide an artistically photographic overview of the American spirit.