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Right of Assembly

Artist:
Arthur S. Siegel (American, 1913–1978)
Date:
1930s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
40.7 x 34.1 cm (16 x 13 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.477
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of Arthur Siegel
Not on view
Inscription: Titled in black pencil on mount, verso UC [in quotation marks]: "RIGHT OF ASSEMBLY"; photographer's stamp on mount, verso C: "THE FOLLOWING CREDIT MUST BE // PRINTED BENEATH EACH RE- // PRODUCTION OF THIS PICTURE. // PHOTOGRAPH FROM // ARTHUR S. SIEGEL // 8 [number barely visible] 748 TAYLOR - - Tyler 6-2616 // DETROIT, MICHIGAN"; inscribed in blue pencil on mount, verso UL: "62 [encircled]"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso LC: "10625"
[Edwynn Houk Gallery to Waddell, January 30, 1983]; John C. Waddell

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 5," June 14, 1994–August 28, 1994.

According to JCW, Arthur Siegel's son confirmed that this photograph was taken in 1939. The event was a protest by Chrysler United Auto Workers (UAW). According to Houk, this was one of two large prints of this image in the Siegel estate. The other one had been acquired by the MMA (1981.1046). Five other prints exist as 8x10" prints. The MMA print shows very probably the same event but at another moment. It is reproduced in Arthur Siegel Retrospective (Chicago: Edwynn Houk Gallery, 1982, pl.6), and in MMA Counterparts, pl.6. Naef dated the photograph May 19, 1941.
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