Charles Henri Ford, untitled Poem Poster, 1964, Offset print (Printer: Vassily Papachrysanthou), 39.375 x 27.625 in. Image courtesy of Indra Tamang, Executor, Charles Henri Ford Artistic Estate.
OTHER POINTS OF VIEW
Feb 08 - Sep 27, 2020
Other Points of View looks at the mid-twentieth-century artistic scene in America through the lens of View magazine, which was edited by Charles Henri Ford and Parker Tyler from 1940 to 1947, and highlighted vibrant cultural enterprises that escape notice in formalist taxonomies of modern art. The publication brought together surrealists, magic realists, neo-romantics, and self-taught artists from Europe, the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America who cultivated alternative understandings of both the terms “American” and “modern.” This exhibition re-introduces such artists as Eugene Berman, Morris Hirshfield, Esteban Francés, Wifredo Lam, Florine Stettheimer, Pavel Tchelitchew, and Carl Van Vechten, who influenced modern art in America between the two World Wars but then—for decades, if not forever—disappeared from its history. At the same time, the Other Points of View recontextualizes (and reawakens the strangeness of) certain canonical modernists— including works by Joseph Cornell, Alexander Calder, Georgia O’Keeffe and Isamu Noguchi, who all created covers for the magazine.
The curatorial approach is distinctive in that it places emphasis on ephemeral objects and events, as well as fine art objects, to show modernism in a different light. By paying serious attention to social life, collaboration, and ephemeral practices dismissed as eccentric in their day, Other Points of View restores diversity—including, importantly, queerness—to the field of American art.