Native Modern

Charles Sheeler and Precisionism

February 18-April 27, 1999

Charles Sheeler was at the vital center of Precisionism, a movement of painters, photographers, and printmakers who spawned an indigenous American Modernism in the decades preceding the Second World War. This exhibition will showcase Sheeler's masterworks of photography in connection with his activities across all media and in relationship to other figures interested in the stark geometry of industrial and architectural forms — Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, Paul Strand, and Alfred Stieglitz.

Charles Sheeler Electric Power Plant black and white print

Charles Sheeler, Untitled (Electric Power Plant, New Bedford, Massachusetts), 1938; Collection SFMOMA; Gift of Anne MacDonald Walker in honor of Samual Wagstaff