Sonja Sekula. The Town of the Poor. 1951

Sonja Sekula The Town of the Poor 1951

  • MoMA, Floor 4, 401 The David Geffen Galleries

The ghostly scaffolding, swooping calligraphic lines, and blue and yellow washes of this painting most likely depict the view from Sekula’s downtown New York studio, which she shared with composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham. “Looking outside my window,” wrote this Swiss painter and poet, an immigrant to the United States, “I think of all the contemporary American poets and artists who represent their outlook on this strange country and I find myself beginning to realize that I shall be one of them. I shall begin to speak of . . . a future that we begin to feel underneath the current of war and strife and uncertainty.”

Gallery label from "Collection 1940s—1970s", 2019
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
66 × 90" (167.6 × 228.6 cm)
Credit
Committee on Painting and Sculpture Funds
Object number
212.2018
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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