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March 7, 2003

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents 100 Years of Camera Work

Camera Work, the great quarterly journal dedicated to photography, criticism, and modernist art, is the central focus of the exhibition 100 Years of Camera Work, on display in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery from March 31st through May 31st, 2003.

Published between 1903 and 1917 by Alfred Stieglitz, the journal was one of the stellar achievements of 20th century American culture. It contributed greatly to establishing photography as a high art. 100 Years of Camera Work celebrates the impact that the journal had by exhibiting UMBC's entire holding in a very rare public display of an exceedingly rare publication. In recognition of the powerful influence that Camera Work had upon the development of Modernism in photography, 20th century art photographs made following 1917 have been selected from UMBC's Photography Collections to complement the exhibition of Camera Work.

The pages of Camera Work feature significant photography by such outstanding artists as Gertrude Käsebier, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, George Seeley, Eva Watson-Schütze, and Alvin Langdon Coburn. Other modernist artists whose work appears in the journal include Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, and Francis Picabia. Among the famous writers who are published there include Charles H. Caffin, George Bernard Shaw, Sadakichi Hartman, Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, and Mabel Dodge Luhan.

Modernist photographers who came to the medium after the Photo-Secession and the publication of Camera Work owe a great debt to Stieglitz and his groundbreaking journal. Camera Work opened a discourse about photography unlike any previous one. Articles with titles such as "On Art and Originality Again," "Of Verities and Illusions," and "Some Reflections of the Functions and Limitations of Art Criticism--Especially in Relation to Modern Art" helped established the modernist aesthetic consideration of photography. Among the works to be included in the exhibition are many by modernists such as Ralph Gibson, Jaromir Stephany, David Plowden, Minor White, Judy Dater, Olivia Parker, Barbara Crane, Barbara Young, and Lotte Jacobi.

Gallery Information
The Albin O. Kuhn Gallery serves as one of theprincipal art galleries in the Baltimore region. Items from the SpecialCollections Department, as well as art and artifacts from all over theworld, are displayed in challenging and informative exhibitions for theUniversity community and the public. Moreover, traveling exhibitionsare occasionally presented, and the Gallery also sends some of itsexhibits throughout the state and nation. Admission to the Gallery isfree.

The programs of the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery are supported in part by an Arts Program Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hours of Operation
Sunday: Closed
Monday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

General Gallery information: 410-455-2270
UMBC Artsline (24 hour recorded message): 410-455-ARTS
Media inquiries only: 410-455-3370

UMBC Arts website:
Gallery website:

Images for Media
High resolution images for media are available online: or by email or postal mail.

The images in this release are available at 300 dpi on the above website.

From Baltimore and points north, proceed south on I-95 toexit 47B. Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs tothe Albin O. Kuhn Library.

From I-695, take Exit 12C (Wilkens Avenue) and continue one-half mileto the entrance of UMBC at the intersection of Wilkens Avenue andHilltop Road. Turn left and follow signs to the Albin O. Kuhn Library.

From Washington and points south, proceed north on I-95 to Exit 47B.Take Route 166 toward Catonsville and then follow signs to the Albin O.Kuhn Library.

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Posted by dwinds1 at March 7, 2003 12:00 AM