The Philadelphia Museum of Art will mount the first comprehensive exhibition of the photography of Tina Modotti (1896-1942). In the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition, guest curator Sarah M. Lowe refers to Modotti as "the best-known unknown photographer of the twentieth century." Her unconventional and independent spirit, her legendary beauty, and her liaisons with well-known artists and revolutionaries resulted in much being written about her life. Modotti's important and original aesthetic has been obscured by this fascination with the details of her personal history, coupled with the fact that almost all of her important work was produced outside the artistic centers of Europe and the U.S. Tina Modotti: Photographs, on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from September 16 to November 26, 1995, attempts to redress this through the exhibition of 112 vintage prints and 6 modern prints, nearly half of which have rarely or never been displayed or published before. The exhibition is the result of six years of finding and selecting objects from 52 public and private collectors in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Germany, England, the Netherlands, and Australia.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)