The El at Columbus and Broadway

Berenice Abbott American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852

Following her eight years of expatriate life in Paris, Abbott saw New York with European eyes. In this view, made shortly after her return, she captured the random disorder of urban activity as handily as her friend the dadaist poet Tristan Tzara, who put it this way: "We leave with those leaving arrive with those arriving/leave with those arriving arrive when the others leave."

The El at Columbus and Broadway, Berenice Abbott (American, Springfield, Ohio 1898–1991 Monson, Maine), Gelatin silver print

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