Date: 11/16/2015 - 02/14/2016
Time: All Day
Location: The Jewish Museum (1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan)
Price: Included with museum admission, free on Saturdays
South Street Seaport Museum announces their participation in the exhibition Masterpieces & Curiosities: Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage running until February 14, 2016 at the Jewish Museum.
The museum showcases an acclaimed work by the photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) as part of a series of exhibitions focused on individual works from the Jewish Museum’s world-renowned collection. An exact model of the Kaiser Wilhelm II, on loan from the South Street Seaport Museum, is a highlight of the exhibition.
Stieglitz’s enduring and much-reproduced 1907 photogravure of steerage-class passengers aboard the ocean liner Kaiser Wilhelm II has often been regarded as evidence of the poor conditions under which many immigrants arrived in America, but in fact was taken on a voyage from the United States to Europe. As such, it is a document of people who were likely denied entry to the United States. Stieglitz considered the work to be his greatest triumph in a long, illustrious career as a photographer, stating later in life, “If all my photographs were lost, and I’d be represented by just one, The Steerage, I’d be satisfied.”
The fifth show in the Masterpieces & Curiosities series, Alfred Stieglitz’s The Steerage demonstrates the artist’s ceaseless promotion of the image, from its reproduction in Camera Work, Stieglitz’s high-minded art journal, to popular magazines such as Vanity Fair. The exhibition also features Stieglitz’s own account of its creation, which he recorded for posterity in 1942.
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