At Large  October 14, 2015

MOPA Presents First Museum Exhibition of Minor White’s Sequences

SAN DIEGO – The Museum of Photographic Arts presents an original exhibition dedicated to the work and legacy of American photographer Minor White (1908 – 1976) in The Time Between: The Sequences of Minor White.

The exhibition is the first major museum examination solely focusing on White’s sequences, a unique style of presentation he refined throughout his career. As a poet, writer, educator, curator and photographer, White believed in the power of images to be transformed when positioned sequentially, creating a new whole and a new level of interpretation, said MOPA Executive Director Deborah Klochko.

“One the most important American photographers of the 20th century, White’s work is still vital and important 40 years after his death,” Klochko said. “The title of the exhibition, The Time Between, references White's belief that the space between the images is as important as the image itself.”

Many of the images in The Time Between are considered to be White’s most iconic. The exhibition features two bound albums, three digital sequences and eight print sequences presented together for the first time as White intended. White promoted the idea of “visual literacy,” which teaches the reading of images, similar to how his sequences encourage viewers to see the images in a larger context.

“Photographs side by side cannot help being mutually affected. Transpose them, the meaning changes.” – Minor White, 1976

The opening reception for MOPA Members will be on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. with a special VIP reception starting at 6 p.m. The Time Between will be on display at MOPA through Jan. 31, 2016, with Pay What You Wish for admission every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

Support for the exhibition is provided by MOPA’s Minor White Council: Gordon Brodfuehrer, Diane and Rod Dammeyer, Olivia and Peter Farrell, Ann and David Johns, Karen Kinney, Gail and Mel Mackler. Jacki Johnson and Ken Widder, Clifford Schireson and John Venekamp.