The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55

The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-55

David Johnson

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Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Continues through May 29 2017
$5/$7; free for members and children under 12

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Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr.
Laguna Beach, CA  92651
949-494-8971
The iconic post-war Robert Hollingsworth portrait of a sexy lounge singer featured among photographs from the California School of Fine Arts anticipates the urgent, unshy demands of youth on a once tightly-wrapped culture. That black and white classic also exemplifies the emergence of American photography as fine art. No accident, as Hollingsworth was one of dozens of students of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham and Minor White, teachers at the legendary Photography Department at the school (now the San Francisco Art Institute). From 1945 to 1955 it was a laboratory of artful avant-garde experimentation and documentation, much collected at Laguna Art Museum’s “The Golden Decade” show, and included in a book of work by 32 photographers encouraged by amazing mentors at just the right time and place.
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