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Art Museum displays abstract photography, Feb. 4 through March 23

The Princeton University Art Museum will play host to an exhibition, "Seeing the Unseen: Abstract Photography, 1900-1940," from Tuesday, Feb. 4, through Sunday, March 23.

The exhibition will explore the rich history of visual experimentation that characterized the development of photography under the influence of the emerging modernist aesthetic of the 20th century.

Like artists in the radical art movements of Cubism, Futurism and Constructivism, 20th-century photographers experimented with vantage points, framing and lighting to achieve the fragmentation of Picasso or the complex intersecting planes of Lissitsky. They also applied techniques borrowed from both filmmakers and scientists, including the use of negative prints, camera-less photograms, close-ups, lens distortions and montage.

The exhibition traces these developments with works by artists such as Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt, Imogen Cunningham, Gyorgy Kepes, Dora Maar, Laszls Moholy-Nagy, Paul Outerbridge, Alfred Steiglitz and Edward Weston. Examples of the commercial and advertising photographs found in contemporaneous books and periodicals also will be on display.

The exhibition was organized by Anne McCauley, the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art. McCauley, who joined the faculty of the Department of Art and Archaeology last fall, is a specialist in the history of photography and 19th-century visual culture.

The art museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and major holidays. For more information, call (609) 258-3788.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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