CANCELED Anne Brigman

A Visionary in Modern Photography

April 21–July 11, 2020

Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography

March 27, 2020—We are profoundly sad to announce that the upcoming exhibition, Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography, is now canceled. Read the full announcement from Lynn Gumpert, Director of the Grey Art Gallery, here. We welcome you to explore select images and explanatory text from the exhibition in the ‘Images’ tab.

A photographer, poet, and mountaineer, Anne Brigman (1869–1950) is best known for her landscape images from the early 1900s depicting herself and other women nude outdoors in the Sierra Nevada mountains. During her lifetime, this pioneering artist achieved significant recognition on both West and East Coasts. In Northern California, where she lived and worked, she was a leading pictorialist photographer, a proponent of the Arts and Crafts movement, and an active member of the burgeoning Berkeley/Oakland bohemian community. In New York, her work was championed by Alfred Stieglitz, who appointed her to his prestigious Photo-Secession group. Brigman spent her final years in Southern California, where she focused on writing poetry, photographed sand erosions, and published Songs of a Pagan, an illustrated book of poems, the year before she died.

Although the term “feminist art” was not coined until nearly seventy years after Brigman took her first photographs, it certainly applies to her work. Courageously crafting an independent voice as a modern, liberated woman, she redefined her place in society and established her role as an important early photographer. Rediscovering and celebrating her remarkable life, this retrospective presents a long-overlooked, visionary artist whose work clearly deserves greater recognition.

The Nevada Museum of Art has produced a short documentary revisiting Anne Brigman’s life story, her work, and her love for the High Sierra. Ann M. Wolfe, curator of the exhibition and Senior Curator and Deputy Director at the NMA, narrates the video.

Starts Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020
Ends Saturday, Jul 11, 2020
Curator Ann M. Wolfe, Andrea and John C. Deane Family Senior Curator and Deputy Director, Nevada Museum of Art
Organized by Nevada Museum of Art

Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography is organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and is curated by Ann M. Wolfe, Andrea and John C. Deane Family Senior Curator and Deputy Director. Support for the presentation at the Grey art Gallery is provided by the Ruth Ivor Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Michael G. and C. Jane Wilson 2007 Trust; the Abby Weed Grey Trust; and the Grey’s Director’s Circle, Inter/National Council, and Friends.

The exhibition was originally supported by Lead Sponsor Wayne and Miriam Prim; Major Sponsors The Bretzlaff Foundation; Carol Franc Buck Foundation; the Satre Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; Louise A. Tarble Foundation; Sponsors Carole K. Anderson; Barbara and Tad Danz; Nancy and Harvey Fennell | Dickson Realty; Nancy and Brian Kennedy; Mercedes-Benz of Reno, an AutoNation Company; Whittier Trust, Investment & Wealth Management; Supporting Sponsors Brigid S. Barton; Denise Cashman; the Chica Charitable Gift Fund; Mimi Ellis-Hogan; Jan and David Hardie; the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; Keith and Sheila McWilliams; Eleanor and Robert Preger; Jenny and Garrett Sutton | Corporate Direct, Inc.; Lash and Gigi Turville; Additional Support Kathie Bartlett; John C. Deane. We thank the following individuals for their scholarly contributions and curatorial guidance: Susan Ehrens, art historian and independent curator; Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair and Carl & Marilynn Thoma Provostial Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Stanford University; Kathleen Pyne, Professor Emerita of Art History at University of Notre Dame; and Heather Waldroup, Associate Director of the Honors College and Professor of Art History at Appalachian State University.


Exhibition Types: American Art Photography