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Mulberry Street

Artist:
Sid Grossman (American, 1913–1955)
Date:
1948
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
33.7 x 26.5 cm (13 1/4 x 10 7/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.1139.2
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of Sid Grossman / Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC
Not on view
Whether he trained his camera on exuberant summer scenes on the beaches of Coney Island or Mulberry Street during the San Gennaro festival, shown here, Grossman was one of the greatest chroniclers of working-class life in New York during the late 1930s and 1940s. The slapdash framing of this scene and the kaleidoscopic effect of the lights against the night sky make palpable the ebullient atmosphere on the street, engulfing the viewer in the experience.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso UL: "Mulberry St. // maj. neg 8.3a // B"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso LR: "PF 2870"
Photofind Gallery

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs from the 1940s and 1950s: Selections from the Collection," December 18, 1990–March 17, 1991.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 16," March 17, 1997–June 9, 1997.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 39," December 23, 2004–April 17, 2005.

Negative date: September 15-19, 1948, per Anne Tucker.
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