Chrysler Building, New York

Margaret Bourke-White American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852

When Bourke-White moved from Cleveland to a studio atop the sparkling new Chrysler Building, she announced her arrival with a card to her friends and clients. Her new address appeared inside the card and on its cover was this example of her art. Her portrait of the Art Deco masterpiece is futuristic and somehow self-celebratory, a prediction à la Jules Verne of the rocket trajectory of her ascending career.

Chrysler Building, New York, Margaret Bourke-White (American, Bronx, New York 1904–1971 Darien, Connecticut), Gelatin silver print

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