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Photograph - Garrick Theatre, Chicago
  • Garrick Theatre, Chicago
    Szarkowski, John, born 1925
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Garrick Theatre, Chicago

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Chicago (photographed)

  • Date:

    1954 (photographed)
    1997 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Szarkowski, John, born 1925 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Museum number:

    E.2307-1997

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 990, box I

In Focus on Architecture and Sculpture (1949) Helmut Gernsheim wrote: ‘Parked cars or bicycles cannot be considered an embellishment to architectural photographs.’ This view is opposed by John Szarkowski’s photograph, published in his 1956 book on the architect Louis Sullivan. Szarkowski wrote, ‘I found myself concerned not only with the building’s art-facts but with its life-facts.’

The layers of signs and evidence of human activity below the façade of the Garrick Theatre in Chicago indicate its presence in a specific environment and its changing uses over time.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of architectural street frontage, car in foreground.

Place of Origin

Chicago (photographed)

Date

1954 (photographed)
1997 (printed)

Artist/maker

Szarkowski, John, born 1925 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print

Dimensions

Height: 33.4 cm image, Width: 26 cm image, Height: 35.3 cm sheet, Width: 28 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph of architectural street frontage, car in foreground by John Szarkowski, made in Chicago, 1954 (printed 1997).

Labels and date

In Focus on Architecture and Sculpture (1949) Helmut Gernsheim wrote: "Parked cars or bicycles cannot be considered an embellishment to architectural photographs." This view is opposed by Szarkowski's photograph, published in his book The Idea of Louis Sullivan (1956), which examines the work of the architect of the same name. Szarkowski wrote, "I found myself concerned not only with the building's art-facts but with its life-facts."
The layers of signs and evidence of human activity below the façade of the building indicate its presence in a specific environment and its changing uses over time. [22/09/2004]

Techniques

Gelatin silver process

Subjects depicted

Theatre

Categories

Photographs; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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