Make A Wish (Bronx Slave Market, 170th Street, New York)

  • Robert McNeill, Make A Wish (Bronx Slave Market, 170th Street, New York), 1938, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1938, Robert McNeill, Museum purchase, 1993.72.1

Exhibition Label
In 1937, after enrolling at the New York Institute of Photography, McNeill did a series on black domestic workers for Fortune magazine. The sophisticated composition and nuanced handling of light and space in Make a Wish (Bronx Slave Market, 170th Street, New York) did not, however, mask the irony in the image of women waiting on a street corner hoping to pick up a day’s work in front of a poster advertising a movie for those with leisure time. When Fortune rejected the pictures, Flash!, a magazine aimed at middleclass black readers, published them as a thirteen-photograph feature.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Title
Make A Wish (Bronx Slave Market, 170th Street, New York)
Artists
Date
1938
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
image: 7 1/2 x 9 5/8 in. (19.1 x 24.5 cm)
sheet: 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Classifications
Keywords
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Cityscape – New York – Bronx
  • Occupation – domestic
  • Cityscape – New York – New York
  • Figure group
Object Number
1993.72.1
Palette
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