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2/25/2003 Modotti photographs to duplicate original solo show

McMINNVILLE – Photographs taken by Italian photographer Tina Modotti (1896-1942) will be on display March 5 through April 4 at the Fine Art Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College.

A presentation by art historian Jesus Nieto will be held Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the gallery with an opening reception to follow. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will duplicate Modotti's first solo show held in 1929. It will feature approximately 50 images made from Modotti's original negatives. Modotti photographed Mexico during the vibrant 1920s, and her photographs achieve a striking synthesis of artistic form and social content.

Modotti, an uneducated working-class girl, left her native Italy for San Francisco, Calif., becoming a star of the local Italian theatre. By 1920, she had embarked on a Hollywood film career and immersed herself in bohemian Los Angeles, beginning a relationship with the respected American photographer, Edward Weston. On a trip to Mexico in 1922, she met the Mexican muralists and became enthralled with the burgeoning cultural renaissance there. She spent the years from 1923 to 1930 in Mexico, where she became an increasingly political photographer. Later, among other activities, she was a relief worker in the Spanish Civil War. Modotti's tight cropping and still-life esthetic excelled at melding Mexican culture and Modernist photography.

The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery, from 99W turn on Keck Drive, across from Roth’s market in south McMinnville. Follow the drive to the main parking lot. The art gallery is located on the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2275.