Object Lessons

  • Object Lessons

In 1978, Zofia Rydet (1911–97) began work on a monumental project that would come to be known as her "Sociological Record": photographing the people of Poland at their homes, she produced an extraordinary archive of around twenty thousand negatives.

The images include faces, interiors, furnishings, and more. The undertaking consumed Rydet so completely that she was never able to give it final shape through a book or an exhibition.

"Object Lessons", a new volume of essays inspired by an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, helps to dispel the myths that have formed around the project in recent years and introduces the photographer to a new global audience. The essays here contextualize and interpret "Sociological Record" from different perspectives, opening up the work to further inquiry as both an object of interpretation and a subject of theoretical interest.

A celebration of Rydet’s work, "Object Lessons" reminds us of photography’s incredible power to provide a visual way of thinking and a provocative method for archiving the world.

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Exhibition and other archival events connected:

Cycle Warsaw Week of Culture without BarrierAt the Muzeum of Modern Art in Warsaw Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Curatorial Guided Tour Through Zofia Rydet's exhibition Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided TourThrough „Zofia Rydet. Record, 1978-1990” exhibition Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour Treatise on objects or treatise on man?Themed guided tour Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided Tour in EnglishThrough „Zofia Rydet. Record, 1978-1990” exhibition Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
Cycle Working with Zofia Rydet's “Record”An inclusive tour of the exhibition Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided TourThrough „Zofia Rydet. Record, 1978-1990” exhibition Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
18:00 Guided tour ZOFIA RYDET – PRESENTThemed guided tour Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
14:00 Guided tour Guided Tour Through „Zofia Rydet. Record, 1978-1990” exhibition Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw