The landscape of New York City changed dramatically throughout the first half of the twentieth century. Skyscrapers, known as cathedrals of commerce, were being built all over the city, transforming the urban skyline; the transit system grew with the expansion of subways and elevated railways. Such unprecedented and dramatic changes were "majestic and inspiring" to some, "dysfunctional and intolerable" to others. In etchings, engravings and photographs, artists including Berenice Abbott, Reginald Marsh, S.L. Margolies and Charles Sheeler celebrated amazing feats of architecture and engineering, captured the dehumanizing effects of the urban landscape, and documented the dramatic social issues that accompanied such developments. The city was a constant source of inspiration for these artists and the images in this show spanning the years 1913 to 1949. Above and Below is on loan from the Syracuse University Art Galleries.
Image: S.L. Margolies, Man's Canyons, aquatint and etching on laid paper, 1936, 11 7/8 x 8 7/8". Image courtesy of Syracuse University Art Galleries.