NEWS   •  PRESS RELEASES   ·  June 8, 2018


The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), presents Moment in Time: A Collection of Photographs/Works from the Bank of America Collection through September 23, 2018

Over 50 years ago, Beaumont and Nancy Newhall were hired by visionary Samuel Wm. Sax to assemble a stunning selection of works spanning the history of photography. Moment in Time: A Collection of Photographs/Works from the Bank of America Collection, presents iconic images from that collection by Julia Margaret Cameron, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, and many more.

In May of 1967, Samuel Wm. Sax, President of the Exchange National Bank of Chicago, discussed with Beaumont and Nancy Newhall the idea of establishing an art collection focused solely on photography. What the Newhalls created became the first collection of photography in the United States
This collection emerged at a particular moment in time—the late 1960s—when radical ideas appeared in almost every discipline. During this tumultuous and transitional period, the corporate environment was changing physically from formal settings into workspaces which allowed freedom of movement and interaction with customers, while the art world was redefining itself and its relationship to photography as a fine art.

Curated by Deborah Klochko, Executive Director & Chief Curator of the Museum of Photographic Arts, the exhibition is now part of the Bank of America Collection. It is organized through the bank’s Art in Our Communities® program which was established in 2009 in order to share the company’s art collection with the widest possible audience. Comprising the art collections of the predecessor banks that are now part of Bank of America, the program offers museums and nonprofit galleries the opportunity to borrow complete or customized exhibitions at no cost. The public is able to enjoy new art installations at its local museums, while the museums themselves are able to generate vital revenue. Since 2009, more than 130 exhibitions have been loaned through this one-of-a-kind program.

“The arts enrich our communities, celebrate the past and inspire our future,” said Rick Bregman San Diego market president for Bank of America. “We’re proud to partner with the Museum of Photographic Arts by lending pieces from our Bank of America Collection for the benefit of all visitors. By sharing these intriguing photographic works, we hope to foster great learning and inspiration.”

About the Museum of Photographic Arts:
Located in beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum of Photographic Arts is a vibrant center for visual learning. Since its founding in 1983, the museum’s endeavors to consistently address cultural, historical and social issues through its exhibitions and educational programs. MOPA is one of only three independent photography museums in the United States and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. As a 501(c)(3) organization, MOPA is generously supported by members, individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies.
The mission of the Museum of Photographic Arts is to inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film, and video. Learn more at:

About Bank of America Environmental, Social and Governance:
At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people’s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocate groups, such as community and environmental organizations, in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at, and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.

About Balboa Park:
Located near downtown San Diego, Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the United States. First established by the City of San Diego in 1868, it is also one of the oldest city parks in the nation and is the most visited single destination in San Diego. Its 1,200 acres include 17 museums, many gardens and attractions, the San Diego Zoo, miles of hiking trails, and multiple athletic complexes to explore and discover. For more information visit

The exhibition is made possible by the major financial support of Bank of America with additional funding from City of San Diego, the Gardner Bilingual Fund, and the Massey Charitable Trust.


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