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Our Very Own Berenice Abbott

• 04 May 2007

When Ben was in graduate school we found out about this amazing arts program offered by the List Visual Arts Center. The program allows regular old college, grad, or doctorate students to enter a lottery for the opportunity to hang a framed, original work of art in your dumpy apartment / dorm room. Choices included Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichenstein--artists you normally see exhibited at the SFMoma or the like. Wow, talk about bringing fine art to a level where people can truly appreciate it for what it is. The catch? There isn't one. Seriously.

I am not only grateful to have won the lottery but to have been given my first choice--a large photograph by Berenice Abbott--a photographer I studied in college at BYU and an artist we exhibited at the National Museum for Women in the Arts when I interned there 9 years ago. You should have seen how it dressed up those painted cinderblock walls. I don't think a day went by when I didn't look at it and think, this is crazy! I have a Berenice Abbot hanging on my wall! Here it is:

When we go to New York next weekend I'd like to go to this very location and take a picture standing from the same place (I'll have to guess of course) and compare the results. It should be a fun excursion for us.

P.S. Adam, thank you for downloading this off MIT's site. You're the best!


  1. No problem. And you had the best dressed cinderblock on campus.

  2. You should look up Douglas Levere, an NYC photographer who has done just that, and published a book with Abbott's images juxtaposed with his modern versions from the same spot with the same camera she used, time of day/year, etc.


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