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City Shell
  • Barbara Morgan
    1900–1992
    born: Buffalo, Kansas, United States ; died: North Tarrytown (present-day Sleepy Hollow), New York, United States ; active: United States
  • City Shell, 1938
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print on cardboard
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 49.4 x 39.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 19 7/16 x 15 1/2 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 49.4 x 39.5 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 19 7/16 x 15 1/2 in
    Mat Dimensions: 25 x 20 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0041
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

A large upside down shell is in center of image. Superimposed on the shell is an image of five people wearing dark clothing are shown walking on street with shadows to their right proper. The image of the shell is juxtaposed with an image of a skyscraper. The skyscraper recedes to the left at an angle. This print is a three negative montage.