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The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film

The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film
September 25, 2015 – February 7, 2016

The Jewish Museum

Alexander Rodchenko, Stairs, 1929–30. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (19.1 × 29.2 cm). Sepherot Foundation, Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
Alexander Rodchenko, Stairs, 1929–30. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 × 11 1/2 in. (19.1 × 29.2 cm). Sepherot Foundation, Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
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From early vanguard constructivist works by Alexander Rodchenko and El Lissitzky, to the modernist images of Arkady Shaikhet and Max Penson, Soviet photographers played a pivotal role in the history of photography. Covering the period from the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s, this exhibition explores how early modernist photography influenced a new Soviet style while energizing and expanding the nature of the medium — and how photography, film, and poster art were later harnessed to disseminate Communist ideology. The Power of Pictures revisits this moment in history when artists acted as engines of social change and radical political engagement, so that art and politics went hand in hand.

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