Feb 12, 2019
Feb 12, 2019

Rancho de Taos Church

Rancho de Taos Church


Wright Morris

(American, 1910–1998)

Gelatin silver print, ferrotyped

Image: 19.7 x 24.3 cm (7 3/4 x 9 9/16 in.); Paper: 19.7 x 24.3 cm (7 3/4 x 9 9/16 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2017.308



Iconic 1920s images of the historic Saint Francisco de Asis Mission Church in New Mexico by Paul Strand and Ansel Adams show the building as a free-standing sculptural mass stripped of signs of human activity. In contrast, Morris depicted the church as glimpsed through the opening in a ramshackle wooden fence. This print was intentionally printed backward, possibly made for a specific exhibition context.

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