johnleiser

Into The Sunset@ MOMA

In Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Into The Sunset@ MOMA on Thursday night was a little bit of a disappointment. The photos of America as the country grew up along with Photography as it grew up is a good premise. It was organized thematically, landscapes, industry, people etc.,a good idea. Lots of excellent photos by all the usual suspects; Ansel Adams, Ed Rusha and , to me, new photographers;William Henry Jackson, Carleton Watkins, from the early days should be a Fab show. As it turns out it is a very good show, but with the giant collection that MOMA has and basically unlimited ability to borrow there should have been a WOW factor that was missing. There was a terrific image of Butch Cassidy, but a plain one of Hell’s Angels(looked like Hollywood to me) Maybe too many landscapes in a row or not enough Indians, photos or the annoying industry killed our west it’s hard to say.Maybe the concept was a little lost trying to say too much about “society” and not enough about Photograhy.

The party was great fun with lot’s of people and loud Music and a generally easy vibe made for a good night. Jack D. made another appearance to round out a fun time I liked the show, as you would expect, I like everything, but was hoping for a little more.

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