Modern Photography Group

Begin Date1935-11-27
End Date1935-12-29
Last Harvested At2021-01-16
NotesRegarding the Group f.64 exhibition, the exhibition on the DMA exhibition history list titled 'Modern Photography Group,' November 27-December 29, 1935 was intended to be the Group f.64 exhibition. After further research, I am nearly certain that this exhibition did not take place. The exhibition was included in a report Director Rollins made to the Dallas Art Association (DAA) trustees (the DAA operated the DMFA) at the annual meeting in May 1935 as being planned for the upcoming season in November, and is listed as 'Modern Photographs by Group F.64'. Rollins resigned from the museum that summer. The Group f.64 is listed as an upcoming exhibition in a Dallas Journal article 'Art Season in Prospect,' by Harry Carnohan, September 24, 1935. But by October 16, 1935, a Dallas Morning News article 'Museum Assigns Committees for Year's Exhibits' the Group f.64 exhibition is not included. An exhibition of Audubon prints in mentioned in a November 19, 1935 Dallas Journal article as the next exhibition to open, replacing the previous Circus Show. The Audubon exhibition opened November 27 through December 17, approximately the same time period as the Group F.64 exhibition. Also, the Audubon exhibition is listed in a 1935 DMFA Program, and there is no Group F.64 exhibition listed. So, apparently sometime between September 24 and October 16 the planned show was seemingly canceled, possibly after the September 30 dated receipt in the Cunningham Papers. Some additional references, in the archives are two letters from Edward Weston to Rollins in March-April 1935 where the Group F.64 exhibition is referenced found during another reference question. The letters were a bit confusing on their own, but a letter in the Weston Papers filled in the gaps. Weston was sending photos for the f.64 show, but Rollins had been requesting at that time for the Modern Photographs from his collection show. The letter from Rollins to Weston in the Weston Papers dated March 29, 1935 mentions that the f.64 show is scheduled for Houston in October and Dallas in November-December 1935. There is no photography exhibition listed on the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's exhibition history, unless he is referencing another Houston museum. So, essentially, Rollins / DMFA was planning a Group F.64 exhibition, but from the evidence, it likely didn't happen, and the Audubon Prints filled the slot.