Barbara Morgan (American, 1900–1992), Pearl Primus, Speak to Me of Rivers (1), 1944, Silver gelatin print (printed 1970s – 1980s), University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Courtesy of the Barbara Morgan Archive. (UM 2009.12.1)
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Love & Romance

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we can look to the museum’s collection for portrayals of love and romance. Some of my personal favorites include: “La Declaration d’amour” by Jean François de Troy (circa 1724), Robert Indiana’s “Love” series (1982), and a Peruvian ceramic blackware entitled “Two Lovers” (19th century). I also find the photograph “Le Muguet du metro” (1953)  by Robert Doisneau interesting because while it seems romantic that the woman is holding a bouquet of flowers, the couple’s relationship looks very…

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