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Barbara Morgan: Gesto, danza y expresionismo

Barbara Morgan: Gesto, danza y expresionismo

Location: Museo Nacional del Romanticismo

The PhotoEspaña exhibition 'Barbara Morgan: gesture, dance and expressionism', at the National Museum of Romanticism, is a retrospective that brings together a selection of around 30 photographs on the work of this little-known artist in Europe, a key figure in the American avant-garde.

A novel and innovative vision of the contemporary dance of the 30s and 40s and its protagonists, in which Morgan captures in the photographs the movement or 'vital rhythm', the importance of gesture and the use of the body as a means of expression. 

He photographed more than 40 companies, dancers and choreographers, but his relationship with the choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, creator of the technique "contraction and relaxation" or Graham technique, one of the most famous methods of contemporary dance, and his most experimental work, photomontages and light drawings, stand out especially in the dance photographs.  

Graduated in Fine Arts at the University of UCLA, she had her own exhibition at MoMA in 1945 and was the creator of the famous photobooks. She changed the pillars of photography and its function as an artistic technique.

In the exhibition you will find six parts with themes such as kinetics or movement and the use of the body as a means of expression. You will be able to see choreographies such as ''Deep Song'', about the Spanish Civil War through dance. Other striking works are the photomontage ''Springtime in Madison Square'' from 1938 or ''Martha Graham and Eric Hawkings at Bennington College'', from 1938. 

The exhibition's holdings belong to the Astudillo Collection and the retrospective can be visited free of charge at the museum until September 26.

More information: Barbara Morgan exhibition: gesture, dance and expressionism

Image credits: Barbara Morgan. Martha Graham - Letter to the World - The Kick © Web phe