Exhibitions/ Art Object

Hearst Over the People

Barbara Morgan (American, 1900–1992)
Collage of gelatin silver prints with applied media
Image: 38.7 x 48.9 cm (15 1/4 x 19 1/4 in.)
Frame: 68.6 x 76.2 cm (27 x 30 in.)
Credit Line:
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, Gift of Hallmark Cards, Inc. (2005.27.4059)
Not on view
The archconservative newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst was notorious for his xenophobia, vehement criticism of the New Deal, and support of Hitler and Benito Mussolini. In this photomontage, first published in the influential left-wing magazine New Masses, Morgan transforms Hearst’s grinning face into the body of an octopus—a symbol of corporate greed and corruption. Giant tentacles slither over a crowd of workers in a compelling evocation of the many-armed monster of Hearst’s sensationalist news empire.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," February 17, 2013–May 5, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 84, pp. 105, 230.