Evans made this photograph when the New School building in Greenwich Village was completed. Its streamlined appearance, accentuated by the contrast with older brick dwellings on either side, signaled the school’s progressive ideology and Art Deco design. The school was soon considered one of New York’s most important centers of modern thought and art. The building featured murals by Thomas Hart Benton and José Clemente Orozco as well as a gallery of modern art drawn from the collection of the Société Anonyme, an avant-garde organization founded by artist, patron, and social reformer Katherine Dreier.
Inscription: Dealer's stamp in ink with pencil inscriptions in unknown hand, verso, C, BL: "Walker Evans//XIV 56"; inscribed in pencil in unknown hand, verso, C, BLC: "c. 1930//The New School, NYC", "#3"
Harry H. Lunn, Jr.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Thomas Hart Benton’s 'America Today' Mural Rediscovered," September 30, 2014–April 19, 2015.