Coney Island

Object Details

Title:

Coney Island

Artist/Maker(s):

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1928 - 1929

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

27.8 x 19.7 cm (10 15/16 x 7 3/4 in.)

Copyright:

© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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When Walker Evans photographed Coney Island during the height of its popularity at the end of the 1920s, it featured three amusement parks and numerous sideshow attractions, penny arcades, and game booths to entice and entertain visitors. Evans's choice of a close-up view of this growling winged monster at the park animates the creature, bringing its fabricated ferocity to life. The figure adorned the entrance to a thrill ride as a visual warning of the presumed terror within.

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