New Histories of Photography 6: Opening March 12, 20004

Expanding Vision: László Moholy-Nagy’s Experiments of the 1920s

One of the great innovators of the European avant-garde, László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) is best known for his affiliation with the famous Bauhaus school in Germany, where he taught from 1923-28. Moholy-Nagy experimented widely with photography during these years, and developed a theoretical approach known as the 'New Vision,' a method of using the medium to expand his audience’s knowledge and perception.

A selection of fifteen works from the comprehensive collection of the George Eastman House, this exhibition will include examples from all aspects of the artist’s photographic output from the 1920s, including unique photograms and original photomontages, which have not been seen in New York in over twenty years. The exhibition will also showcase the film, Lichtspiel schwarz-weissgrau (Lightplay black-white gray) (1930), the culmination of the artist’s abstract experiments of the previous decade. This is the sixth in the collaborative series New Histories of Photography, organized by ICP and the George Eastman House.

All photographs are from the collection of the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, and is the sixth in the series New Histories of Photography. It is made possible by the generous support of The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.

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