Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change
SFMOMA thru June 7, 2011
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art presents the first wide-range retrospective of Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), the landscape photographer, pioneering documentarian, and restlessly inventive entrepreneur, who ingeniously captured humans and animals in motion before motion pictures per se. The British-born photographer began his artistic career in the 1860s in California, where innovators have always thrived, and took a pivotal role in the creative transformation of 19th-century culture. The exhibit collects hundreds of photographs and other objects made between 1858 and 1893. But of course, Muybridge is best known for his revolutionary sequential photo studies (which famously settled a wager as to whether or not all four legs of a horse left the ground at the same time) and continue to provide reference and inspiration to animators and artists today. Don’t miss it!