Museum

Creator

Hirsch, Stefan (American painter, 1899-1964)

Subject

archaeology

Description

Using the ethnographic museum as source material, Hirsch deploys the iconography of archaeology and exhibition to mix elements of Pre-Columbian cultures with modern style. The drawing emphasizes the development of museum culture in Mexico, such as the National Museum of Archaeology, History and Ethnography, a likely source for this composition. Hirsch also uses common Precisionist and Dadaist techniques to manipulate language and incorporate reflections of text into the fabric of the scene.

Coverage

Modernist

Source

Stefan Hirsch and Elsa Rogo Collection, Bard College Archives
charcoal on paper; 8.3x11.6 inches

Publisher

Bard College Archives

Date

1930-1932

Rights

Prior written permission required to use any photograph from the Bard College Libraries.

Identifier

2_2.032

Citation

Hirsch, Stefan (American painter, 1899-1964), “Museum,” Stevenson Library Digital Collections, accessed September 21, 2017, http://omekalib.bard.edu/items/show/1712.