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Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs

Works from the Bank of America Collection 

June 8–September 15, 2024 | Fifth Third Gallery and Sinton Gallery 

The first photographs ever made astonished the public with their apparent ability to freeze time. Even today, in an age in which we are witnesses to an endless flow of images, we continue to be fascinated by the power of photography. Moment in Time features more than 100 photographs dating from the invention of the medium in the 1830s through the mid-20th century. The exhibition includes compelling masterworks by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Timothy O’Sullivan, Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans, among others. Their interests ranged from perfecting photography’s technical capabilities to documenting the formal beauty of nature to exposing the social realities of America. All, however, explored the breadth and depth of the camera’s ability to capture a moment in time.

DAILY ADMISSION FREE SUNDAYS & MONDAYS 

Admission is free for Taft members, guests of members with guest pass, military, and youth (17 and under); $15 for adults; $12 for seniors. Save on tickets when you buy online. Includes admission to special exhibitions and the museum’s collection galleries. Sundays and Mondays are FREE!

Experience the Exhibition

Enjoy special tours, behind-the-scenes insights, and more during this unique exhibition!

Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), Northern California Coast Redwoods, from Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word/In Memory of Russell Varian, detail, 1963, about 1960 negative, printed in 1963, gelatin silver print, 140/260. Bank of America Collection

Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), Northern California Coast Redwoods, from Portfolio Four: What Majestic Word/In Memory of Russell Varian, detail, 1963, about 1960 negative, printed in 1963, gelatin silver print, 140/260. Bank of America Collection

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5 Curator Favorites in Moment in Time

On a time crunch? Here are five must-see works in our special exhibition Moment in Time on view June 8–September 15, 2024. 

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Yousuf Karsh (Canadian, b. Armenia, 1908–2002), Marc Chagall, September 20, 1965, detail, 1965, gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection. © Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh (Canadian, b. Armenia, 1908–2002), Marc Chagall, September 20, 1965, detail, 1965, gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection. © Yousuf Karsh

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Before Digital: The Magic of Early Photography

As the title of the Taft Museum of Art’s summer exhibition suggests, photographs are perceived as capturing a “moment in time.”...Moment in Time: A Legacy of Photographs / Works from the Bank of America Collection offers us the opportunity to examine, up close, many fascinating photographic processes from the pre-digital age.

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William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877), Orléans Cathedral, detail, 1843, calotype. Bank of America Collection

William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877), Orléans Cathedral, detail, 1843, calotype. Bank of America Collection

Signature Talk | Time After Time: Moments in Photography

Thursday, July 25

Fifth Third Gallery, Sinton Gallery, and Taft Historic House open until 6 p.m.

Talk is in Luther Hall 5:30–6:30 p.m. 

What can a photograph tell us about the moment in time that it was made? As we gather single photographs into a larger group, what can that separate action—assembling a collection of photographs—tell us about the history of photography itself? Join Brian Piper, PhD, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, New Orleans Museum of Art, for a talk on the presentation of Moment in Time. Piper will highlight works from the exhibition, with attention to both their making and our contemporary understanding, while drawing connections between artists and across time. 

Free for Taft members; $15 for non-members. Event admission includes admission to special exhibitions and the museum’s collection galleries.

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Questions? Contact education@taftmuseum.org

Supported by the Stanley and Frances D. Cohen Lecture Series 

Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975), Barber Shop, Alabama, detail, 1933, gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection

Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975), Barber Shop, Alabama, detail, 1933, gelatin silver print. Bank of America Collection

Curator Tours | Moment in Time

Thursdays, July 18 and September 5

11 a.m.–12 p.m. 

Enjoy curator-led tours of the Taft’s special exhibition, Moment in Time.

Led by Tamera Lenz Muente, curator. 

Reservations are required. Admission is free for Taft members, guests of members with guest pass, military, and youth (17 and under); $15 for adults; $12 for seniors. Save on tickets when you buy online. Includes admission to special exhibitions and the museum’s collection galleries. 

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Questions? Contact education@taftmuseum.org.

The works in Moment in Time were originally assembled in the late 1960s by pioneering art historian and curator Nancy Newhall for the Exchange National Bank of Chicago (later acquired by Bank of America), forming the first corporate photography collection in America. This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program.

Presenting Sponsor

Exhibition Sponsors

The Kaplan Foundation

Thomas R. Schiff

Laurie F. Johnston

 

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By

Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment
Sallie Robinson Wadsworth Endowment for Exhibitions

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