Florence Henri (American, 1893-1982)
Cygne,1928, Printed 1975, #7/9,
Gelatin Silver Print, 11 5/8” x 8 7/8”
Bruce Museum Collection, Gift of Rick Wester and Jennifer Garvin, 2007.05.11
Image courtesy of Florence Henri @Galleria Martini & Ronchetti, Genoa, Italy

Florence Henri: Modernist Photographs from the Collection of the Bruce Museum

May 2, 2015 - June 14, 2015

Experimenting with abstraction, dramatic vantage points and new technical processes, avant-garde artists reinvented photography, lauding it as the art form for the machine age. One such artist was Florence Henri (1893-1982), a remarkable woman whose bold photographs reaffirm her place in the history of modern photography.

A truly cosmopolitan figure, Henri studied at Hans Hofmann’s art school in Munich, with Fernand Léger in Paris, and at the Bauhaus. By 1928, Henri had established her own photography studio, and was quickly becoming an award-winning artist. In her inventive still lifes and architectural compositions, Henri reveals herself as a vibrant artist at the center of the avant-garde. The show also highlights Henri’s portraits of her friends and peers, figures like Wassily Kandinsky and Robert Delaunay, offering an intimate look at some of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

The  approximately 30 photographs in this exhibition were generously donated to the Museum by Rick Wester and Jennifer Garvin.