GRETA STERN AND HORACIO COPPOLA
May 28th, 2015

Divided into alternating his-and-hers rooms and zigzagging across the Western Hemisphere, it’s hard to tell at first if “From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires: Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola” at the Museum of Modern Art is about an artistic couple, 20th-century migration or European modernism and its diaspora. In many ways, it’s about all of these. But despite more than 300 somber, high-contrast vintage black-and-white photographs, films and display cases of ephemera organized in neat rows, the exhibition is a bit of a hot mess.

It starts with photographs of Buenos Aires by the Argentine artist and filmmaker Horacio Coppola (1906-2012) and then turns to advertising work and portraits made in Germany by Grete Stern (1904-99), a photographer who became Coppola’s wife. But wait: Doesn’t the show’s title suggest a trajectory moving from the Bauhaus to Buenos Aires?…

MARTHA SCHWENDENER in NYT Arts Beat

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