Before the Museum of Modern Art's 1976 landmark exhibition, "Color Photographs by William Eggleston", black and white photography was the standard. The history of color photography dates back to the 19th Century, but could be said it was mostly used without thought, ignoring the dimension of color. Most photographers before Eggleston found color perplexing, not able to translate into the fine art category of the past.
Eggleston, who was from the South, was one of the most significant artists of his time to crash the Color barrier by using it to amplify, but not overwhelm, with vivid detail his seemingly ordinary, personal environment.
This exhibition will feature other southern artists that were influenced by Eggleston, and also includes contemporaries of Eggleston. Artists in the exhibit will include Eggleston, John Baldesarri, Peter Brown, William Christenberry, David Graham, William Greiner, Birney Imes, Bill Owens, Stephen Shore, Neal Slavin and Alec Soth.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through November 9.