Secondhand Shop Window

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Secondhand Shop Window


Walker Evans (American, 1903 - 1975)






Gelatin silver print


11.4 × 16.4 cm (4 1/2 × 6 7/16 in.)


© Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Through the great equalizer of time, a once-fashionable porcelain mannequin's head is wedged in amongst a smattering of utilitarian household objects in a second-hand shop window display. Probably a milliner's display head sporting a chic, bobbed hairstyle, the ceramic face stands in silent witness to the cluttered fate of the culture's cast-offs during the Great Depression. Walker Evans was frequently drawn to such incongruous, surreal scenes, in which an unlikely element appears out of its original context and thereby assumes a new relationship to the objects around it.

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
The American Tradition and Walker Evans (July 10 to October 28, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 10 to October 28, 2001
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
Documentary and Anti-Graphic Photography (September 7, 2004 to April 10, 2005)
  • Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (Paris), September 7 to December 22, 2004
  • Musée de l'Elysée (Lausanne), February 10 to April 10, 2005