The High Museum of Art announced today it will debut the first major exhibition of work by photographer Peter Sekaer in June 2010.
The exhibition “Signs of Life: Photographs by Peter Sekaer,” will be on view from June 5, 2010, to January 9, 2011, and is organized by the High from pieces new to the permanent collection and loans from other collections and the artist’s estate. It will show about 75 vintage gelatin silver prints, including some that have never been on public view.
A High press release said the photographs were shot from 1935 to 1945 and document the effects of the Great Depression.
A 1982 New York Times article about a show featuring Sekaer’s work called him “a fine photographer but not a famous one.” Sekaer photographed for government agencies like the Rural Electrification Administration and the United States Housing Authority in 20 cities where projects were planned. In the Times piece he’s quoted as saying that differences among them were “never to be found in the size and shape of the post office, the railway depot or the memorial park, but in the people and in their homes.”
The High has another photography exhibit planned for next year, “The Portrait Unbound,” with works by Robert Weingarten. It opens Jan. 23, 2010 and continues through May.
Want to go? High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-733-4444, www.high.org.