Manhattan

Object Details

Title:

Manhattan

Artist/Maker(s):

Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)

Culture:

American

Date:

about 1928 - 1930

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

23.4 x 15.6 cm (9 3/16 x 6 1/8 in.)

Copyright:

Status undetermined

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Made atop the twenty-story U.S. Rubber Company building then at Broadway and Fifty-seventh Street, this image of the infrastructure of several huge, rooftop neon signs was published in 1930 in the short-lived magazine USA.Captioned "Sky Webs" as a comment on the spider web-like complexity and geometry of the intersecting beams and wires, the skeleton grid of the enormous signs counterbalances the curvilinear shapes of the U.S. RUBBERsign, seen forward and backward.

Exhibitions
Neither Speech nor Language: Photography and the Written Word (February 28 to May 12, 1991)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), February 28 to May 12, 1991
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
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier Bresson and Walker Evans (November 13, 2002 to March 2, 2003)
  • Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, (Mexico City), November 13, 2002 to March 2, 2003