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Photograph

Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photograph

  • Museum number:

    2351-1936

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 929, box A

Physical description

Photograph of a wooden mask from an exhibition of African art

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)

Date

1935 (photographed)

Artist/maker

Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Photograph

Object history note

NB: The term "negro" was used historically to describe people of black (sub-Saharan) African heritage but, since the 1960s, has fallen from usage and, increasingly, is considered offensive. The term is repeated here in its original historical context.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Walker Evans depicting a wooden mask from the Congo, in a Museum of Modern Art exhibition entitled 'African Negro Art'. New York, 1935.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

AFRICAN NEGRO ART

Photographs by Walker Evans

List of Photographs

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935
African Negro Art Edited by James Johnson Sweeney, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1935

Labels and date

Gallery 100 ‘A History of Photography’, 2014-2015, label text:

Walker Evans (1903–75)
Wooden Mask from the Congo, from the portfolio ‘African Negro Art’
1935

In 1935, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, held its first exhibition of African art. The museum commissioned Evans to document the exhibition. Seventeen sets of Evans’ images were printed. The V&A bought one of these sets for $50.

Gelatin silver print
Museum no. 2351-1936
[06 03 2014]

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Masks

Categories

Africa; Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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