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Lotte Jacobi, Lil Dagover with her Shih Tzu, Berlin, 1928, silver gelatin print,

Lotte Jacobi, Lil Dagover with her dog, Berlin, 1928, silver gelatin print, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches, Gift of Chris Enos

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On View Apr 01, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016
Exhibition Location: Foster Galleries

This exhibition presents street photography, portraits, and experimental work by émigré photographers Lotte Jacobi (1896–1990) and Lisette Model (1901–1983), created while they each lived in Berlin, Paris, and New York from the 1930s to 1950s. Jacobi was an ambitious innovator, expanding her work from refined portraiture of cultural elites to experimental abstract images. Model’s iconic street photographs depict extreme disparities in society, enabled by her incisive eye and use of dramatic cropping to monumentalize urban dwellers. Both Jacobi and Model relied on an intuitive approach to create powerful yet quotidian images of people, whether in the studio or on the street. Presented in adjacent galleries, their work exemplifies the breadth of the revitalization of portraiture and innovations in photographic techniques in the early- to mid-twentieth century.

The exhibition is organized by Helen Lewandowski, Koch Curatorial Fellow

Urban Camera  is dedicated to the memory of Catherine S. England, beloved deCordova trustee, philanthropist, and friend. It has been generously funded by an anonymous donor.

 
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 12 PM
Koch Curatorial Fellow Helen Lewandowski leads an in-depth walkthrough of Lotte Jacobi’s and Lisette Model’s diverse abstractions, portraits, and street scenes.
 
LOTTE JACOBI AND LISETTE MODEL
THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30 PM
Helen Lewandowski, Koch Curatorial Fellow, explores the work of Lotte Jacobi and Lisette Model in the context of early-20th-century photographic and publishing practices.
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, DROP IN 12–3 PM
Join Providence artist Lindsey Beal as she shares tips and tricks to consider when composing dynamic compositions of people and places. Ongoing tours of the exhibition, Lotte Jacobi, Lisette Model: Urban Camera serve as inspiration for your own photographs. [green star]