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Edward Steichen—In High Fashion: The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937

Bloch Building, Gallery L13

May 15, 2010—July 25, 2010

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Edward Steichen—In High Fashion: The Condé Nast Years 1923-1937, will feature approximately 150 works by one of the twentieth century’s leading figures in photography, during his tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast’s magazines, Vogue and Vanity Fair.

This exhibition is the first to give serious attention to the full range of Steichen’s fashion work, and includes an extensive selection of vintage prints from the Steichen archive at Condé Nast, many of which have never before been exhibited or published.

Included are Steichen’s iconic portraits of famous actors, actresses, painters, producers, athletes, playwrights, poets, dancers, journalists, singers and writers, in addition to numerous fashion photographs.

Steichen’s crisp, bold, modern style revolutionized fashion photography during the 1920s and 1930s, and greatly influenced his successors in the field, including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Bruce Weber.

Exhibition Programs

Gallery Talk
The Invention of Modern Glamour:
Edward Steichen’s In High Fashion

Friday, June 18
7-8 p.m.| Gallery L14
April M. Watson, Associate Curator of Photography

As chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair (1923-37), Edward Steichen transformed fashion photography with his bold, innovative vision, ushering in a new era of modern glamour. Join Associate Curator of Photography April M. Watson to learn more about the personalities, business and artistry of Steichen’s fashion photographs in this featured exhibition.

Free Talk
Right Time, Right Man, Right Place:
Edward Steichen and the Birth of Modern Fashion Photography

Saturday, July 17
1-2 pm | Atkins Auditorium
William A. Ewing, Director of the Musée de l’Elysée

Join exhibition curator and Director of the Musée de l'Elysée, William A. Ewing, for an engaging lecture tracing Steichen's career from teenage prodigy to chief photographer for Condé Nast.

Edward Steichen (American, b. Luxembourg, 1879-1973). Marion Morehouse and unidentified model wearing dresses by Vionnet, 1930.Gelatin silver print. Courtesy Condé Nast Archive, New York. © 1930 Condé Nast Publications.

This exhibition has been organized by the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis, and the Musée de l´Elysée, Lausanne, in collaboration with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City.

In Kansas City the exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions.

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