Untitled

  • Jan Groover, Untitled, 1976, three chromogenic prints, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1976, Jan Groover, Museum purchase made possible by Gustavus Goward, John E. Lodge, Miss Claire Lusby, John B. Turner and Robert O. Werlich, 1997.6A-C

Exhibition Label
Jan Groover trained as a painter and initially used the camera as a means to make conceptual art, but later became devoted to the idea of pure, straight photography. In the 1970s she became known for triptychs of traffic taken in downtown New York City with a small camera fixed on a tripod. In this untitled photograph, Groover shifted her camera to capture slight variations in the arrangement of shadows cast by the city’s architecture. A truck passing through in the second image suggests the passage of time. Each of the three images records a specific moment, but they echo each other in color and shape; together they embody Groover’s oft-quoted dictum: “Formalism is everything.”


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Title
Untitled
Artist
Date
1976
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
13 5/8 x 27 5/8 in. (34.6 x 70.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by Gustavus Goward, John E. Lodge, Miss Claire Lusby, John B. Turner and Robert O. Werlich

Mediums Description
three chromogenic prints
Classifications
Keywords
  • Architecture Exterior – commercial
  • Travel – land – truck
  • Cityscape
Object Number
1997.6A-C
Palette
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