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Life Dances On:
Robert Frank in Dialogue

September 15, 2024 – January 11, 2025

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art announces Life Dances On: Robert Frank in Dialogue, an exhibition that will provide new insights into the interdisciplinary and lesser-known aspects of photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank’s expansive career. The exhibition will delve into the six decades that followed Frank’s landmark photobook The Americans (1958) until his death in 2019, highlighting his perpetual experimentation and collaborations across various mediums. Coinciding with the centennial of his birth and taking its name from the artist’s 1980 film, Life Dances On will explore Frank’s artistic and personal dialogues with other artists and with his communities. The exhibition will feature more than 200 objects, including photographs, films, books, and archival materials, drawn from MoMA’s extensive collection alongside significant loans.

Organized by Lucy Gallun, Curator, with Kaitlin Booher, Newhall Fellow, Department of Photography.

Generous support for the exhibition is provided by the Alice L. Walton Foundation.

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Robert Frank. Mabou. 1977. Gelatin silver print, 7 5/16 × 19 5/16″ (18.5 × 49 cm). Gift of Robert and Gayle Greenhill. © 2023 June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation

Robert Frank. Mabou Winter Footage. 1977. Gelatin silver print, 23 11/16 × 14 3/4″ (60.1 × 37.5 cm). © 2023 June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation

Robert Frank. Would Like to Exchange Cards with You, Souvenirs Preferred. 2002. Gelatin silver print, 10 13/16 × 13 7/8″ (27.4 × 35.2 cm). Gift of the artist. © 2023 June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation