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Photograph - Mask, Ivory Coast
  • Mask, Ivory Coast
    Evans, Walker, born 1903 - died 1975
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Mask, Ivory Coast

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New York (photographed)

  • Date:

    1935 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:

    2091-1936

  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 100, The Bern and Ronny Schwartz Gallery, case WEST WALL

Physical description

Photograph of a carved African mask from an exhibition entitled 'African Negro Art' at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Place of Origin

New York (photographed)

Date

1935 (photographed)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Width: 155 mm, Height: 230 mm, :

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.

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, commissioned Walker Evans to photograph its African Negro Art exhibition of 1935. He produced 477 images and 17 sets of these images were printed, one of which the V&A bought for $50.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Walker Evans, 'Mask, Ivory Coast', 1935, gelatin silver print

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

African Negro Art New York: Museum of Modern Art, c. 1935. 58p., [82]p of plates.
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

Photography Centre 2018-20:

Walker Evans (1903–75)
Photographs of African masks, from an exhibition entitled African Negro Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
1935

In 1935, the Museum of Modern Art commissioned Evans to photograph objects in its major exhibition, African Negro Art. Using his 8×10 inch view camera, he sought to highlight the artistry and detail of the objects, alternating between front, side and rear views. In total, Evans produced 477 images, and 17 complete sets were printed. Several of these sets were donated to colleges and libraries in America, and the V&A bought one set in 1936 to better represent African art in its collection.

The term ‘negro’ is repeated here in its original historical context.

Gelatin silver prints
Museum nos. 2020, 2046, 2091 & 2411-1936
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Materials

Photographic paper

Techniques

Photography; Gelatin silver

Subjects depicted

Sculpture; Figures; Masks

Categories

Africa; Photographs

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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