San Antonio Museum of Art Receives Gift of More than 850 Photographs

The San Antonio Museum of Art has been given more than 850 photographs, dating from the 1920s to the 1990s, by collectors Marie Brenner and Ernest Pomerantz. The gift includes images chronicling the Great Depression, World War II, and the civil rights movement. In honor of the donation, the institution will mount the exhibition “Capturing the Moment: Photographs from the Marie Brenner and Ernest Pomerantz Collection,” which will open on February 22, 2019.

“Looking at the five decades covered in ‘Capturing the Moment,’ we can trace how photography transformed the way we see art, the world we inhabit and the way we see ourselves,” said Suzanne Weaver, organizer of the exhibition and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Brown Foundation. “Driven by technological innovations, and a desire to bear witness for posterity to some of the tumultuous events of the twentieth century, photography as an art form also influenced the purposes, goals, and priorities of artists themselves. This gift of works from Marie Brenner and Ernest Pomerantz will, in turn, help us to study and better understand those changes, and greatly enriches both our collection and our community.”

Among the artists whose work will be included in the exhibition are Dmitri Baltermants, Ilse Bing, Paul Caponigro, Henri Cartier-Bresson, W.E. Dassonville, Mike Disfarmer, Leonard Freed, Danny Lyon, Joel Meyerowitz, Arthur Rothstein, Stephen Shore, and Louis Clyde Stoumen. The donation is the third major photography gift that the San Antonio Museum of Art has received in recent years. In 2017, the dealer and collector Hiram Butler gave the institution thirty-one portraits from the American photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’s “Latino List” series, and in early 2018, the philanthropist and art collector Christian Keesee donated fifty works by Brett Weston.