The J. Paul Getty Museum

Brooklyn Bridge

Object Details

Title:

Brooklyn Bridge

Artist/Maker:

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)

Culture:

American

Date:

October 28, 1929

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Object Number:

84.XM.956.6

Dimensions:

10.2 × 6.2 cm (4 × 2 7/16 in.)

Copyright:

Status undetermined

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Object Description

In 1930 Walker Evans's friend and neighbor, the poet Hart Crane, published his epic poem The Bridge. Three of Evans's photographs of the Brooklyn Bridge, including this view, illustrated the deluxe edition of the poem. Made underneath the bridge looking toward the Brooklyn skyline in the distance, this photograph captures a tugboat chugging along its path on the East River. From this Modernist perspective, the inverted triangle of the bridge looms large and black overhead, like a menacing funnel cloud of progress dominating urban life.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Walker Evans: New York (July 28, 1998 to April 2, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 28 to October 11, 1998
  • Museum Folkwang (Essen), February 6 to April 2, 2000
In Focus: The Sky (July 15 to December 4, 2011)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 26 to December 4, 2011
Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883-1950 (September 17 to December 11, 2016)
  • Georgia Museum of Art (Athens), September 17 to December 11, 2016