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Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964

March 21, 2021 – June 19, 2021

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964, the first major museum exhibition of Brazilian modernist photography outside of Brazil. On view March 21–June 19, 2021, the exhibition will focus on the unforgettable creative achievements of São Paulo’s Foto-Cine Clube Bandeirante, a group of amateur photographers widely heralded in Brazil, but essentially unknown to European and North American audiences. Fotoclubismo is comprised of over 140 photographs drawn generously from MoMA’s collection; together, they bring forward the extraordinary range of achievements of this group, provide valuable insight into the way photographic aesthetics were framed in the 1950s, and afford opportunities to reflect on the significance of amateur status today.

Fotoclubismo is organized by Sarah Meister, Curator, with Dana Ostrander, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Photography.

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Julio Agostinelli. Circus (Circense). 1951. Gelatin silver print, 11 7/16 × 15 in. (29 × 38.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Richard O. Rieger. © 2020 Estate of Julio Agostinelli

Gertrudes Altschul. Filigree (Filigrana). 1953. Gelatin silver print, 13 5/8 × 11 5/8 in. (34.6 × 29.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Amie Rath Nuttall. © 2020 Estate of Gertrudes Altschul

Geraldo de Barros. Fotoforma. 1952-53. Gelatin silver print, 11 13/16 × 15 1/8 in. (30 × 38.4 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of John and Lisa Pritzker. © 2020 Arquivo Geraldo de Barros. Courtesy Luciana Brito Galeria

André Carneiro. Rails (Trilhos). 1951. Gelatin silver print, 11 5/8 × 15 9/16 in. (29.6 × 39.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of José Olympio da Veiga Pereira through the Latin American and Caribbean Fund. © 2020 Estate of André Carneiro

Thomaz Farkas. Ministry of Education (Ministério da Educação) [Rio de Janeiro]. c. 1945. Gelatin silver print, 12 13/16 × 11 3/4 in. (32.6 × 29.9 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist

Palmira Puig-Giró. Untitled. c. 1960. Gelatin silver print, 15 3/8 × 11 1/16 in. (39.1 × 28.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Agnes Rindge Claflin Fund. © 2020 Estate of Palmira Puig-Giró

Aldo Augusto de Souza Lima. Vertigo (Vertigem). 1949. Gelatin silver print, 11 × 14 3/4 in. (28 × 37.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of James and Ysabella Gara in honor of Donald H. Elliott. © 2020 Estate of Aldo Augusto de Souza Lima

Roberto Yoshida. Skyscrapers (Arranha-céus).. 1959. Gelatin silver print, 14 9/16 × 11 9/16 in. (37 × 29.3 cm). Collection Fernanda Feitosa and Heitor Martins. © 2020 Estate of Roberto Yoshida

Maria Helena Valente da Cruz. The Broken Glass (O vidro partido). c. 1952. Gelatin silver print, 11 7/8 × 11 1/2 in. (30.2 × 29.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Donna Redel. © 2020 Estate of Maria Helena Valente da Cruz