Untitled

Media - 1990.73.4 - SAAM-1990.73.4_1 - 75290
Copied Aaron Siskind, Untitled, 1937, printed later, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Tennyson and Fern Schad, courtesy of Light Gallery, 1990.73.4, © 1937, Aaron Siskind Foundation

Artwork Details

Title
Untitled
Date
1937, printed later
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 1014 in. (25.435.5 cm.)
Copyright
© 1937, Aaron Siskind Foundation
Credit Line
Gift of Tennyson and Fern Schad, courtesy of Light Gallery
Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape — New York — New York
  • Architecture — domestic — apartment
  • Cityscape — New York — Harlem
Object Number
1990.73.4

Artwork Description

In this untitled photograph Aaron Siskind focused on the regular grid of boarded-up windows on a derelict tenement building. Once portals into intimate domestic spaces, the windows represent loss in a community plagued by poverty, unemployment, and racial discrimination. Building on the traditions of social documentary photographers before him, Siskind used his camera to raise public awareness of Harlem’s struggle, even as he created a modernist work of art.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013