Traveling Exhibitions

Berenice Abbott's A Changing New York: A Triumph of Public Art

About the Exhibit

In 1929, after eight years in Europe, photographer Berenice Abbott (1898–1991) returned to New York City. New construction was everywhere, as hundreds of buildings were razed to make way for skyscrapers. Inspired by the city’s dramatic transformation, Abbott was determined to capture its momentous change.

In 1935, with support from the Federal Art Project, Abbott devoted her full energies to documenting the city. The endeavor resulted in a (year) exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York titled “Changing New York,” considered to be one of the monumental achievements in 20th-century photography. This exhibition features original photographs presented to the New York State Museum as part of the project.

Visit the online exhibition:
www.nysm.nysed.gov/abbott

Features
  • 38 photographic prints
  • 150 linear feet
  • Text and graphics provided electronically
  • 12 week booking period
  • High security
  • Venue responsible for shipping costs
Availability and Fees

Contact Nancy Kelley at (518) 474-0080 or nkelley@mail.nysed.gov for more information

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