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Past Exhibitions


Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection

April 17–August 1, 2021

For nearly all of photography’s one hundred eighty-year history, women have shaped the development of the art form and experimented with every aspect of the medium.

Conceived in conjunction with the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted suffrage for some women, this exhibition showcases more than one hundred photographs from the High’s collection, many of them never before on view, and charts the medium’s history from the dawn of the modern period to the present through the work of women photographers.

Organized roughly chronologically, each section emphasizes a distinct arena in which women contributed and often led the way. Among the artists featured are pioneers of the medium such as Anna Atkins as well as more recent innovators and avid experimenters, including Betty Hahn, Barbara Kasten, and Meghann Riepenhoff. The exhibition also celebrates the achievements of numerous professional photographers, including Berenice Abbott, Margaret Bourke-White, and Marion Post Wolcott, who worked in photojournalism, advertising, and documentary modes and promoted photography as a discipline.

The exhibition also highlights photographers who photograph other women, children, and families, among them Sally Mann, Nan Goldin, and Diane Arbus, and those who interrogate ideals of femininity through self-portraiture. Also on view will be works by contemporary photographers who challenge social constructions of gender, sexuality, and identity, including Zanele Muholi, Sheila Pree Bright, Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.

This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

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Atlanta Journal Constitution | “Get excited about these 2021 art exhibitions”
Observer | “Celebrate Women Photographers this Women’s History Month”
Juxtapoz | “Underexposed: Women Photographers at the High Museum of Art”
Technique | “High curator talks female photography exhibit”
Emory Wheel | “High Museum’s ‘Underexposed’ Exhibition Kindly Asks Viewers to Resist Stereotypes”
WABE | “‘Underexposed’ Celebrates Women Photographers From The High’s Collection”
Northside Neighbor | “High exhibitions on female photographers and rural art dig deep into diversity”
Antiques and The Arts Weekly | “High Museum Exposes 100 Years Of Women Photographers”
The New York Times Style Magazine | “The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week”
Atlanta Journal Constitution | “Women photographers are focus of High Museum show ‘Underexposed'”
Atlanta Journal Constitution | “Review: New show at High displays women photographers as pioneers”
ArtsATL | “Review: New High Museum exhibition exposes 100 years of women photographers”
National Museum of Women in the Arts | “Art Fix Friday: April 30, 2021”
1stDibs, Introspective | “These Women Photographers Are Underexposed No More”
Blind Magazine | “The Innovative Achievements of Women Behind the Lens”
Aesthetica | “Emerging into Focus”
Burnaway | “‘Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection’ at the High Museum of Art”
CBS News, “CBS This Morning” | “Women photographers and their work celebrated in two new art exhibitions: ‘This is an alternate history of photography'”

Organization and Support

Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

This exhibition is made possible by

Premier Exhibition Series Sponsor

Delta logo.

Exhibition Series Sponsor

Northside Hospital logo.

Premier Exhibition Series Supporters
Sarah and Jim Kennedy
Dr. Joan H. Weens Estate
wish Foundation logo.

Benefactor Exhibition Series Supporters
Anne Cox Chambers Foundation
Robin and Hilton Howell

Ambassador Exhibition Supporters
The Antinori Foundation
Corporate Environments
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Elizabeth and Chris Willett

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters
Farideh and Al Azadi
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
The Ron and Lisa Brill Family Charitable Trust
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Marcia and John Donnell
Helen C. Griffith
Mrs. Fay S. Howell/The Howell Fund
Mr. and Mrs. Baxter Jones
The Arthur R. and Ruth D. Lautz Charitable Foundation
Joel Knox and Joan Marmo
Margot and Danny McCaul
The Fred and Rita Richman Fund
In Memory of Elizabeth B. Stephens by Powell Stephens, Preston Stephens, and Sally Stephens Westmoreland
Mrs. Harriet H. Warren

Generous support is also provided by
Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, The Fay and Barrett Howell Exhibition Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Isobel Anne Fraser–Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund, Katherine Murphy Riley Special Exhibition Endowment Fund, Margaretta Taylor Exhibition Fund, and the RJR Nabisco Exhibition Endowment Fund.