Anne W. Brigman

Anne W. Brigman (1869-1950) is among the most important of all American women photographers. An autodidact and enlightened intellectual, she is considered a pioneer in the field of twentieth-century modern landscape photography. Recognized for her fiercely independent modernist spirit, she is one of the first-ever female photographers to make self-portraits of her own body. Associated with Alfred Stieglitz and the Photo-Secession, Brigman achieved success in New York and California most notably for her provocative images made outdoors in the landscape, but also for her contributions to the field of early modern poetry.

The Nevada Museum of Art will organize the first major retrospective exhibition of this pioneering artist and publish the first book to comprehensively chronicle the images she produced during her lifetime. The exhibition is curated by Ann M. Wolfe, Andrea and John C. Deane Family Senior Curator and Deputy Director at the Nevada Museum of Art. The accompanying book is published by Skira Rizzoli, New York, with contributions from Susan Ehrens, Alexander Nemerov, Kathleen Pyne, and Heather Waldroup.

This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of these sponsors:

Lead Sponsor: Wayne and Miriam Prim

Major Sponsors: The Bretzlaff Foundation; Carol Franc Buck Foundation; the Satre Family Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada; Louise A. Tarble Foundation

Sponsors: Carole K. Anderson; Barbara and Tad Danz; Nancy and Harvey Fennell | Dickson Realty; Nancy and Brian Kennedy; Mercedes-Benz of Reno, an AutoNation Company; Whittier Trust, Investment & Wealth Management

Supporting Sponsors: Brigid S. Barton; Denise Cashman; the Chica Charitable Gift Fund; Mimi Ellis-Hogan; Jan and David Hardie; Keith and Sheila McWilliams; Eleanor and Robert Preger; Jenny and Garrett Sutton | Corporate Direct, Inc.; Lash and Gigi Turville

Additional Support: Kathie Bartlett; John C. Deane

Anne Brigman, The Lone Pine, vintage silver print, 1908, 243 x 196mm, 9 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches. Wilson Centre for Photography.

Anne Brigman, The Dying Cedar, 1906, platinum print, 139 x 237mm, 5 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches. Wilson Centre for Photography.