Oct 19, 2012
Oct 23, 2012

The Creaking Chair

The Creaking Chair

1926, printed 1980

Ralph Steiner

(American, 1899–1986)

Gelatin silver contact print

Paper: 10.2 x 12.7 cm (4 x 5 in.)

Gift of Therese and Murray Weiss 2012.78



A single wall advertises theater pieces likely to attract different audiences: The Creaking Chair, a mystery play offering “thrills, shudders, and laughs”; The Half-Caste, a story of love and sacrifice set in Samoa; and The Immortal Hour, a fairy-tale opera. The fragmentary view of construction equipment is a reminder that, like Broadway’s offerings and the posters plastered on walls, the city itself was constantly changing in the 1920s. Growth in population and an overheated economy sparked a construction boom.

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