Exhibitions/ Art Object

[Children with Soap Bubbles, New York City]

Artist:
Helen Levitt (American, 1913–2009)
Date:
ca. 1945, printed 1970s
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
18.2 x 28.3 cm (7 3/16 x 11 1/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gift of Marvin Hoshino, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.1220.4
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of Helen Levitt
Not on view
Helen Levitt's photographs of everyday life in her own New York neighborhood have epitomized domestic urban life for over sixty years. This image of children - one of her most common subjects - demonstrates Levitt's astute portrayal of gesture, praised as "lyrical" by James Agee in the introduction to her book, A Way of Seeing. As the viewer's attention echoes the children's glance toward the left of the scene, the picture poses a riddle as to the bubbles' source, transforming this gritty city street into a magical metropolitan playground.
Inscription: Inscribed and signed in pencil on print, verso C: "N.Y. (c) 1945 Helen Levitt"
Marvin Hoshino

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. "Helen Levitt," December 19, 1991–March 15, 1992.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Helen Levitt," April 1, 1992–June 28, 1992.

Smithsonian American Art Museum. "Helen Levitt," July 24, 1992–October 18, 1992.

Detroit Institute of Arts. "Helen Levitt," November 11, 1992–January 10, 1993.

Detroit Institute of Arts. "Helen Levitt," November 11, 1992–January 10, 1993.

Art Institute of Chicago. "Helen Levitt," February 4, 1993–May 2, 1993.

Presentation House, Vancouver, Canada. "Helen Levitt," May 31, 1993–July 29, 1993.

Presentation House, Vancouver, Canada. "Helen Levitt," May 31, 1993–July 29, 1993.

Seattle Art Museum. "Helen Levitt," August 20, 1993–October 13, 1993.

Seattle Art Museum. "Helen Levitt," August 20, 1993–October 13, 1993.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts. "Helen Levitt," October 31, 1993–December 12, 1993.

Utah Museum of Fine Arts. "Helen Levitt," October 31, 1993–December 12, 1993.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Helen Levitt," January 6, 1994–March 27, 1994.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "Helen Levitt," January 6, 1994–March 27, 1994.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Few Are Chosen: Street Photography and the Book, 1936-1966," November 5, 2004–March 6, 2005.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 51," May 12, 2009–August 30, 2009.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Street," March 5, 2013–May 27, 2013.

Levitt, Helen. A Way of Seeing. Durham: Duke University Press, 1989. p. 20.



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