“Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham”to open at Reynolda House March 1, 2024

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (FEBRUARY 7, 2024)—“Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham” will open in the Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery at Reynolda House Museum of American Art on March 1, 2024, and will be on view through June 2, 2024. Imogen Cunningham was one of the most experimental photographers of the 20th century. In this exhibition, unusual and rare images are presented alongside iconic ones, revealing why this American artist is one of the most important pioneers of photography and demonstrating how the unseen for Cunningham was eternally as important as the familiar.

Embracing the times in which she lived, Cunningham (1883–1976) created images that reflect crucial movements and developments in art and photography during her 70-year career. Her photographs, seductive and dynamic, are inspired by a multitude of genres, including portraiture, family photographs, still lifes and street photography. This exhibition consists of 60 silver gelatin prints from the Imogen Cunningham Trust.

“Imogen Cunningham mined her family, her city and the natural world for material for her striking work,” said Allison Slaby, curator for Reynolda House Museum of American Art. “Actors, dancers and artists became her muses. Her photographs, which span eight decades across the 20th century, are icons of modernity.”

“Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham” was organized by the Imogen Cunningham Trust in association with Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Reynolda House is grateful for the support of the following sponsors of “Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham”:

Presenting Sponsors:
Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
Wells Fargo
Lead Sponsor:
Phoenix Packaging, Inc.
Exhibition Partners:
The Robert and Constance Emken Fund of The Winston-Salem Foundation

Hours and Admission
Reynolda House Museum of American Art, located at 2250 Reynolda Rd., is open to visitors Tuesday–Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is charged, though several free admission categories apply. Reynolda Gardens is open from dawn to dusk daily, free of charge. Reynolda Village merchants’ hours vary. No ticket is needed to shop at the Reynolda House Museum Store.

About Reynolda
Reynolda is set on 170 acres in Winston-Salem, N.C. and comprises Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village Shops and Restaurants. The Museum presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds’s 34,000-square-foot home. Its collection is a chronology of American art and featured exhibitions are offered in the Museum’s Babcock Wing Gallery and historic house bedrooms. The Gardens serve as a 134-acre outdoor horticultural oasis open to the public year-round, complete with colorful formal gardens, nature trails and a greenhouse. In the Village, the estate’s historic buildings are now home to a vibrant mix of boutiques, restaurants, shops and services. Plan your visit at reynolda.org and use the free mobile app, Reynolda Revealed, to self-tour the estate.

Image: Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) Three Dancers, Mills College, 1930, silver gelatin print. © Imogen Cunningham Trust.