Nancy Newhall: A Literacy of Images

September 19, 2008 - January 25, 2009


Nancy Newhall Chronology

Born Nancy Wynne Parker on December 15, in Swampscott, MA
Graduates from Smith College
First one-person painting exhibition is held at the Grace Horne Galleries in Boston, MA
Nancy Wynne Parker and Beaumont Newhall become engaged
Marries Beaumont Newhall on July 1, in Swampscott, MA
Beaumont and Nancy collaborate on their first article "Against Iconoclasm," published in Magazine of Art
Writes to Gilbert Seldes, Director of television programming for CBS, to express interest in reaching a broad audience through television
First trip West, to California
MoMA's Department of Photography is founded by Beaumont Newhall, Ansel Adams, and David McAlpin
Meets Alfred Stieglitz
Takes over MoMA's Department of Photography while Beaumont serves in WWII
Curates "New Acquisitions: Photography by Alfred Stieglitz," MoMA, December 16, 1942-February 28, 1943
MoMA's Photography Center is established, with Willard D. Morgan appointed director, and Nancy appointed acting curator
Curates "Birds in Color: Flashlight Photographs by Eliot Porter," MoMA, March 10- April 18, 1943
Curates "Helen Levitt: Photographs of Children," MoMA, March 10-April 18, 1943
Curates "Tunisian Triumph: War Photographs by Eliot Elisofon," MoMA, June 14-July 24, 1943
Curates "Action Photography," MoMA, August 18-September 19, 1943
Curates "Pacific Report: Photos by Eugene Smith," MoMA, May 10-June 30, 1944
Curates "Manzaanar: Photographs by Ansel Adams of the Loyal Japanese-Americans at Relocation Center," MoMA, November 10-December 24, 1944
Returns to Owens Valley, Yosemite, CA for the summer
Curates "Paul Strand: Photographs 1915-1945," MoMA, April 25-June 10, 1945
Beaumont Newhall returns from WWII
Curates "The Photographs of Edward Weston," MoMA, February 11-March 31, 1946
Edward Steichen is appointed Director of the Department of Photographs at MoMA; Beaumont Newhall resigns
Beaumont begins teaching at Black Mountain College, NC
Beaumont and Nancy Newhall visit Death Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks
Curates "Alfred Stieglitz: His Photographs," MoMA, June 10-August 31, 1947
Beaumont serves as curator of George Eastman House, Rochester, NY (1948-1958)
Time in New England with Paul Strand, Nancy's first major book, is published
Joins Beaumont and Ansel Adams for an intensive photographic expedition through Santa Fe, Taos, Chimayo, and other Northern New Mexico villages
Attends the Aspen Conference, Aspen, CO
Travels with Ansel Adams on assignment for Arizona Highways to Death Valley, Mission San Xavier del Bac, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Curates This Is the American Earth, with Ansel Adams, at the LeConte Memorial Lodge in Yosemite; the exhibition travels to Smithsonian, MoMA, and the California Academy of Science
Films John Muir
A Contribution to the Heritage of Every American: The Conservation Activities of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. is published
Masters of Photography is published, with an introduction by Beaumont
Edward Weston: The Flame of Recognition , a complete issue of Aperture (Vol. 6, . No. 1), is published
Beaumont serves as director of George Eastman House, Rochester, NY (1958-1971)
This Is the American Earth, a collaboration with Ansel Adams that includes the work of thirty-two photographers, is published by the Sierra Club
Volume I of Edward Weston's Daybooks: Mexico is published
Designs The Eloquent Light, an exhibition of Ansel Adams' work held at the San Francisco de Young Museum; the show was the largest retrospective show for a photographer at the time, and included more than 500 works
The Eloquent Light, Nancy's first biographical volume on Adams is published, covering his career from 1902-1938
Volume II of Edward Weston's Daybooks: California is published
Fiat Lux: The University of California, a comprehensive photographic essay commissioned for the centennial celebration of the University, is published
Nancy Newhall dies on July 7 from injuries suffered in a rafting trip at Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, WY


(above: Paul Strand, Café de la Paix, Audierne, Finistère, France, 1950, gelatin silver print, courtesy of The Page Collection, San Francisco. Copyright ©Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive)


(above: Brett Weston, Church, Brooklyn Outskirts, 1945, from New York City Portfolio, gelatin silver print, courtesy of The Black Dog Collection. Copyright ©The Brett Weston Archive


(above: Brett Weston, Cities Service Refinery Tank, 1956, gelatin silver print, courtesy of The Black Dog Collection. Copyright ©The Brett Weston Archive


(above: Minor White, Vicinity of Naples, New York, 1955, gelatin silver print, courtesy of The Page Collection, San Francisco. Reproduced with permission of the Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum. Copyright © Trustees of Princeton University.)


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