Boston

Criss-Crossed Conveyors, Ford Plant, 1927.

Criss-Crossed Conveyors, Ford Plant, 1927.

Boston

The Photography of Charles Sheeler

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
October 23, 2002–February 2, 2003

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
January 1–January 1, 2002

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
January 1–January 1, 2002

Curated by Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. and Gilles Mora

Photography by no means played second fiddle to Charles Sheeler’s work as a Precisionist painter. He was a true professional, earning his living from commissions (for Vanity Fair and Vogue, for example), and memorably recorded many disappearing aspects of American rural life as well as contemporary industrial architecture. This ambitious exhibition of more than 120 photographs (selected by Harvard University Art Museums curator Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. and French critic Gilles Mora) confirms his reputation as a master of the medium, a standing that may even eclipse his renown as a painter.