This selection of works focuses on family, domestic space, and the urban landscape. It brings together photographs from various traditions—including Conceptualism, still life, and social documentary—as well as a piece by a male quilter. Although they represent several generations of artists, often with differing creative practices and intents, these works each tell a story—sometimes obvious, sometimes implicit. Frequently they picture the home, especially the bedroom, encouraging us to contemplate the personal and private moments that make up a life. Shown together, these works ask us to think critically about the role played by the artist, particularly the photographer, in the creation and shaping of a narrative.
- Portfolio/Series: FSA [Farm Security Administration] Photographs
- Artist: Walker Evans, American, 1903-1975
- Medium: Gelatin silver photograph
- Dates: 1935; printed later
- Dimensions: Sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Image: 7 3/8 x 9 3/16 in. (18.7 x 23.3 cm)
- Inscriptions: Stamped on verso: "FSA 1167A BY WALKER EVANS 1935 BETHLEHAM, PENNSYLVANIA/ PRINTED BY BERKEY K & L CUSTOM SVCS. INC. 222 E. 44TH ST., NEW YORK, 10017/ UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF ARTHUR ROTHSTEIN"
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Contemporary Art Galleries, 4th Floor
- Accession Number: 1989.128.5
- Credit Line: Gift of Selma and Leonard Zoref
- Caption: Walker Evans (American, 1903-1975). Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1935; printed later. Gelatin silver photograph, Sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Selma and Leonard Zoref, 1989.128.5
- Record Completeness: Poor (16%)