Thursday, March 11, 2010

MoMA Director of Photography @ Clarence Dillon Library

The Somerset Art Association
The Friends of The Clarence Dillon Public Library
invite you to join us for an evening with
Peter Galassi
Chief Curator of Photography
Museum of Modern Art, NYC
"Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century"
Sunday, April 18
5:00 pm cocktails & book signing
6:00 pm presentation
Fiddler's Elbow Country Club, Bedminster
$75 per guest
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, influential and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography, and his uncanny ability to capture life on the run made his work synonymous with "the decisive moment" -the title of his first major book. After World War II (most of which he spent as a prisoner of war) and his first museum show (at MoMA in 1947), he joined Robert Capa and others in founding the Magnum photo agency, which enabled photojournalists to reach a broad audience through magazines such as Life while retaining control over their work. In the decade following the war, Cartier-Bresson produced major bodies of photographic reportage on India and Indonesia at the time of independence, China during the revolution, the Soviet Union after Stalin's death, the United States during the postwar boom, and Europe as its old cultures confronted modern realities. For more than twenty-five years, he was the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs -and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century. MoMA's retrospective, the first in the United States in three deaces, surveys Cartier-Bresson's entire career, with a presentation of about three hundred photographs. The exhibit will be on view through June 28, 2010.
Bus Trip to MoMA
A bus trip has been organized to see the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at MoMA on Thursday, April 22, 2010. The motor coach will leave the Clarence Dillon Public Library at 9:00 am and depart from MoMA at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $45 per person on a first come first served basis and include round trip transportation and entrance to the museum. Lunch on your own. To register, call Robyn Tromeur at SAA (908) 234-2345

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