CLOSES: Classically Modern

June 21, 2015 all-day

In the years following World War I, European photographers rapidly shed the nostalgic, softly focused trappings of Pictorialism for crisp imagery and a modern sensibility reflecting the industrial energy of the era. Bohemia-born artist Věra Prášilova Scott (1899-1996), who immigrated to the United States in 1924, gracefully fused these competing aesthetics in her photographic portraits produced in New York City, Portland, and Houston, Texas. This installation of more than seventy photographs reveals her skill in creating portraits of striking beauty that subtly combine elements of European modernism, American fashion photography, and the alluring intimacy of fine studio portraiture.

Organized by the Portland Art Museum and curated by Julia Dolan, Ph.D., The Minor White Curator of Photography.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

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Vera Scott