Super Hits of the ’70s: Photographs from the Collection

October 8, 2004–January 2, 2005
Cudahy Gallery

The 1970s are emerging as a golden age of American photography. The medium pervaded popular culture, print and televised journalism, art museums and university departments. In these diverse settings, photography engaged with and departed from its privileged relationship to everyday life in new, often provocative ways. The aesthetic and conceptual lines that had separated such great modernists as Minor White from Robert Frank began to blur. Many key figures of the 1970s—Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander—while directly inspired by their predecessors, deliberately evaded categorization as either romantic or realist, expressive or analytical. Their experimental work from the 1970s, which continues to influence today’s art world, is well represented in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection. Tune-in to Super Hits of the 70s for photographs by Linda Connor, Robert Cumming, Joe Deal, John Divola, Richard Misrach, Stephen Shore, Jack Welpott and many more.

This exhibition is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and curated by Britt Salvesen, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs.
  • Tod Papageorge, Opening, Avedon Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum, 1978. Gelatin silver print. Milwaukee Art Museum, Floyd and Josephine Segal Collection, Gift of Wis-Pak Foods, Inc.