Ambassadors of Progress

January 04, 2003, through March 09, 2003
American Women Photographers in Paris, 1900–1901



Temporary Exhibitions, Friends and Cheatham Galleries


Highlighting breathtaking landscapes, intimate portraits, and scenes of everyday life by twenty-nine notable American women photographers at the turn of the century, this stunning exhibition partially recreates a historic exhibition organized by pioneering photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston for the Universal Exposition of 1900 in Paris.


Exploring of the work of Gertrude Kasebier, Amelia van Buren, Zaida Ben-Yusef, and more, Ambassadors of Progress investigates the central role of American women photographers within the self-consciously artistic movement known as pictorialism.

Ambassadors of Progress was conceived by Derrick R. Cartwright and Verna Curtis. The show was organized by the Musée d'Art Américain Giverny in collaboration with the Library of Congress, which houses the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection, recently conserved with a grant from the Terra Foundation for the Arts. Its presentation at the Hood Museum of Art is generously supported by the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund and the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund.        

Exhibition Curator

Derrick R. Cartwright

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Exhibition subject: Modern & Contemporary ArtUnited States & Canada