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Untitled (Chair in the snow, Manhattan Valley, New York)

1981 Frank Espada Born: Utuado, Puerto Rico 1930 Died: San Francisco, California 2014 gelatin silver print image: 13 1/8 × 19 5/8 in. (33.3 × 49.8 cm) sheet: 15 7/8 × 20 in. (40.3 × 50.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Smithsonian Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center © 1981, Frank Espada Photography 2015.22.13 Not currently on view


Exhibition Label

An armchair, typically an object of domestic comfort and warmth, is cast off onto a cold and barren lot. Frank Espada's poetic photograph sheds light on a difficult chapter in New York history. It was taken in a neighborhood where arson for profit had destroyed buildings and displaced residents.

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography, 2017

Artwork Description

Un sillón, que suele ser un objeto de comodidad y calor doméstico es desechado en un lote frío y árido. La poética fotografía de Frank Espada revela un capítulo difícil de la historia de Nueva York. La imagen fue tomada en un vecindario donde los incendios provocados con fines de lucro destruyeron edificios y desplazaron a los residentes.

Por estas calles bravas: Comunidad y lugar en la fotografía urbana, 2017

Keywords

Architecture Exterior

Cityscape - New York - New City

Cityscape - season - winter

Cityscape - weather - snow

Object - furniture - chair

photography

gelatin silver