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A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play
February 14 through May 18, 2014

Heinz Hajek-Halke (German, 1898–1983). Erotik—Ganz Groß! (Erotic—In a Big Way!), 1928–32. Gelatin silver print. Collection of David Raymond. © Michael Ruetz, Heinz Hajek-Halke Archiv/Courtesy Johanna Breede PHOTOKUNST.

A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play signals the debut of photography as a curatorial focus at the Morgan. With over eighty works from more than two dozen collections arranged into a surprising chain of visual associations, the exhibition explores the many ways of interpreting a photograph and pays tribute to the unique role played by the creative collector. Each photograph in the exhibition's "collective invention" shares a visual or conceptual quality with the piece to its left, another with the one to its right. Embodying photography's rich history and wide range of applications in science, art, propaganda, journalism, and self-promotion, A Collective Invention celebrates a medium that mirrors the energy and complexity of modern life.

This exhibition is made possible by the Sherman Fairchild Fund for Exhibitions, with additional support from The Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Herbert Kasper, Winnie and Michael Feng, Richard Glasebrook, and an anonymous gift.

Related Programs:

Talks and Performances
Accumulated Wisdom: The Collector as Inventor
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk
A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play
Friday, March 14, 6:30 p.m.

Between the Lines Tour
A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play
Saturday, March 1, 11 a.m.

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The programs of The Morgan Library & Museum are made possible with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Background images: Photography by Todd Eberle unless otherwise noted. © 2006 Todd Eberle.