Body/Building: New York City around 1910

Dr Adam Greenhalgh Associate Curator, National Gallery of Art, Washington

This paper will consider depictions of bodies and buildings by George Bellows, John Sloan, John Marin, and other New York artists around 1910, noting slippages between the two – bodies as buildings, buildings as bodies. The city’s rapidly increasing population and its towering skyline were a source of pleasure and anxiety; this paper will situate their depiction in a broader culture of uncertainty and risk – risk of bodily contagion and architectural collapse.