:: Berenice Abbott's Changing New York: A Triumph of Public Art
Saturday, June 13, 2009
- Sunday, January 3, 2010
Berenice Abbott. Manhattan Bridge: Looking Up, 1936. NYSM 1940.7.24.
In 1929, after eight years in Europe, photographer
Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) returned to New
York City. She was inspired by its dramatic
transformation. New construction was everywhere;
hundreds of 19th-century buildings had been torn
down to make way for dozens of skyscrapers. She
was determined to capture this momentous change
in photographs. In 1935, with the support of the
Federal Art Project, Abbott was able to devote her
full energies to creating what she called, “Changing
New York.” By 1940, she had completed a collectionconsidered to be one of the monumental achievements of 20th-century photography. This exhibition features the New York State Museum’s 40 original prints from “Changing New York,” with additional images from the Museum of the City of New York.
Commentary has been provided by Bonnie
Yochelson, an authority on Abbott’s epic project.
See the online feature created for this exhibition.