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Highlights from Eye Wonder: Women Photographers in the Bank of America Collection -- An Art in our Communities® Virtual Exhibition

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“Bank of America’s collection is particularly deep in the field of photography, a medium in which women have had a profound impact since its inception. When we approached them about participating in the Art in our Communities® program, we were delighted to have a chance to delve into this area, and we found that many women were represented in the collection. Through our partnership, we created Eye Wonder. The exhibition brings great women photographers to light and shares their creative genius with the public for the first time.”

Susan Fisher Sterling
Alice West Director
National Museum of Women in the Arts

“Living up to its title, Eye Wonder: Photography From the Bank of America Collection is an eye-popping survey of photography by women from 1865 to 2004.… The photos often complement one another splendidly.”

Mark Jenkins
The Washington Post
Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bank of America, in association with the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C., presents a virtual exhibition of 38 selected works from Eye Wonder: Women Photographers in the Bank of America Collection. Eye Wonder, which originally opened in 2011 at the NMWA, will begin a global tour later this year, featuring more than one hundred works by more than fifty international artists.

Eye Wonder demonstrates that, throughout the history of photography, many of the medium’s most influential practitioners have been women – artists with keenly attuned sensibilities who record and awaken us to our surroundings, providing connection and courage in a rapidly changing world.

Eye Wonder presents photographs made between 1865 and 2004 that reveal how women around the world have long embraced the ability to use the camera to create works that span the spectrum of subjectivity and objectivity. Women artists have variously explored new subject matter, experimented with materials and examined the effects of different methods of putting content into the picture. Eye Wonder includes works by a diverse selection of international artists, including Berenice Abbott, Julia Margaret Cameron, Rineke Dijkstra, Candida Höfer, Gisèle Freund, Graciela Iturbide, Gertrude Käsebier, Dorothea Lange, An-My Lê, DoDo Jin Ming, Vera Lutter, Lisette Model, Shirin Neshat, Michal Rovner, Tomoko Sawada and Cindy Sherman.

By uniting vision, personal experience and expressive technique, the photographers in Eye Wonder give us evocative images that have infinitely varied narratives and interpretations. The rich tapestry of works in Eye Wonder exemplifies the range and depth of art by women. Whether a romantic portrait from the 1920s or an edgy conceptual piece of video art created in the twenty-first century, these pictures illuminate the wondrous and enduring complexity of the photographic image.

Click on the  audio  icon throughout the gallery to listen to an audio tour narrated by Lillian Lambrechts, Senior Curator and head of the Bank of America Corporate art program, and Kathryn Wat, Chief Photography Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

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Shirin Neshat
(Iranian, b. 1957)
Untitled, from Rapture Series, 1999
Gelatin silver print
14 5/8" × 22"
© Shirin Neshat
Bank of America Collection