23 | Exhibit Revisit - The Family of Man
In this new series, I’ll examine an exhibit that’s had a lasting impression on art history. Maybe it galvanized a movement or maybe it was too radical for its time. Whatever the outcome – the decisions made, the artists included or excluded – brought us to where we are today. We’re starting off with “The Family of Man” at the MoMA in 1955. The highest attended photography exhibit in history.
Links / articles mentioned
Dr. Fred Turner - The Family of Man and the Politics of Attention in Cold War America
Watch Dr. Fred talk about the exhibit! If you don't want to read the article.
David Gonzalez - A 'Family of Man' Reunion - LENS - New York Times
The Family of Man - MoMA website (all the original documentation for the exhibit)
Steichen Collection - The Family of Man - at Clervaux Castle
Timeline of the Doomsday Clock - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
Alise Tīfentāle - The Photography Exhibition that Everybody Loves to Hate - FK Magazine (I struggled over including this link. There are some factually inaccurate statements in this article. However, Tifentale does a good job at pointing out what modern Indian photographers were creating at the same time as this exhibit. I think it's worth reading for the reminder that Steichen and team did not fairly represent all cultures.)
Neeta Satam - As Alessio Mamo, World Press Photo face backlash, focus should be on ridding photography of colonial gaze - First Post (good context of why western depictions of other countries should be questioned)