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  • Jaroslav Rössler, untitled, 1929, gelatin silver print, 11 5/8 x 9 1/4". From “Photo-Eye: Avant-Garde Photography in Europe.”

    “Photo Eye: Avant-Garde Photography in Europe”

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
    465 Huntington Avenue
    March 15 - October 16

    Curated by Anne Havinga

    Bringing together some fifty images created between the mid-1920s and 1940 by both signal and marginalized figures such as Constantin Brancusi, Ilse Bing, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Jaroslav Rössler, and Lucia Moholy, curator Anne Havinga inherits the burden and potential of any exhibition devoted to photography from the interwar period, namely the challenge of tracking the medium through the realms of art, advertising, and journalism, as well as of encompassing the era’s diverse movements and eclectic caldron of styles. Havinga’s exhibition is sure to provide a complex picture of European avant-garde photography in search of its own essence and in hot pursuit of painting, cinema, and other validating modes of cultural production—in short, as an art form torn between the avant-garde and what the late Miriam Hansen called vernacular modernism.