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Urban Views: American Cities 1717-1986

November 11, 2011 - April 22, 2012

This exhibition features large scale views of American cities. Throughout the centuries, cartographers and artists have been engaged in attempts to show the cityscape as a grandiose entity. This overall concept of the cityscape features works from the eighteenth century to the present, including maps, prints and photographs. The exhibition includes John Harris after William Burgis, A South Prospect of Ye Flourishing City of New York in the Province of New York in America (The Burgis View), 1717; Unknown artist, An Exact Prospect of CHARLESTON, the Metropolis of the Province of SOUTH CAROLINA, 1762; John Bornet, The City of New York from Union Hill, N.J., 1853; the Thomas Air Views of New York City, 1935-1980; and Claude Samton’s Photomontage of Canal Street, 1986.

John Harris (active 1685-1739) after William Burgis (active in the American colonies 1716-1731), A South Prospect of Ye Flourishing City of New York in the Province of New York in America, 1717. Engraving from four plates on four sheets. New-York Historical Society

Supported, in part, with a grant from the New York StateCouncil on the Arts, a State Agency.

 

Creative: Tronvig Group