Thursday, December 3, 2015

Student Picks: Workers in the Shadows

Student Picks is a SCMA program in which Smith students organize their own one-day art show using our collection of works on paper. This month’s student curator and guest blogger Stephanie Pinedo '18  discusses her show "Workers in the Shadows: Portraits of Urban Life" which will be on view FRIDAY, December 4 from 12-4 PM in the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. We hope to see you there!


Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864 - 1946). The Terminal, 1893. Photogravure on paper. Purchased. Photography by Petegorsky/Gipe. SC 1950:3-1

Cities are a subject that continue to fascinate artists. Urban photographers have long been trying to capture the “essence” of the city by emphasizing qualities such as scale, speed, and connectivity. There are some features, however, that go very much unnoticed. 

Josef Breitenbach (American, born Germany, 1896 - 1984). Construction Worker [Beauty at Work], Bombay, India, 1960. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Peter C. Jones and Charlotte M. Frieze, class of 1974. Photography by Petegorsky/Gipe. SC 2001:20-4

In this show, I would like to shine light on the work and workers that go unseen in urban spaces. I feel that their presence should be recognized as much as the staggering skyscrapers and bustling roads they build and maintain.

Danny Lyon (American, born 1942). Beekman Street subbasement,  from The Destruction of Lower Manhattan. 1967 negative, 2007 print. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Nicole Moretti Ungar, class of 1982, and Jon Ungar. Photography by Petegorsky/Gipe. SC 2012:84-7

Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864 - 1946). Spring Showers, New York from Camera Work #36, 1900. Photogravure on paper. Bequest of Henry L. Seaver. Photography by Petegorsky/Gipe. SC 1976:54-308

 I would like to thank the Cunningham Center and Colleen McDermott for helping me organize this art show as well as my father, a construction worker, for teaching me to give credit where credit is due.

Andy Warhol (American, 1930 - 1987). People on the Street, n.d. Gelatin silver print. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Photography by Petegorsky/Gipe. SC 2008:28-145


DMF - 04/12/2015


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