The Modern Impulse: Photography from Europe and America Between the Wars, reflects a moment when the 35 mm portable camera became the catalyst for a revolution in art, culture and the way we perceive the world. During a time of radical social and political change, this new camera became the tool of invention, poetry, analysis and social change.
A “new vision” of modern life spread throughout Europe and the United States. This single technology riveted the attention and collaboration of major international artists, a phenomenon that both foreshadows and greatly expands our understanding regarding the role of the internet and global art exchange in contemporary art.
The Modern Impulse includes more than 130 photographs, books, illustrated magazines and film. The exhibition focuses on four regions, France and the Czech Republic in Europe and New York and California in the U.S. and represents 40 artists such as Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Imogen Cunningham Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Jaroslav Rössler, Josef Sudek and Edward Weston. This exhibition is organized by the Harn Museum of Art and made possible by the Eloise R. Chandler Program Endowment , The Londono Family Endowment, and funds provided by the Harn Annual Appeal. Additional support provided by Ken and Laura Berns, Ed and Joanne Block, John and Eve Cech, Phil and Barbara Emmer, Marty and Sandy Fackler, Larry and Jane Fowler, Shelley Melvin, Dan Purich, Steve and Carol Shey, Bob and Carolyn Thoburn, Ed and Kathleen Wilkinson.