About This Artwork

Alfred Stieglitz
American, 1864–1946

The Steerage, 1907, printed 1915

31.9 x 25.8 cm (image); 39.7 x 28 cm (paper); 42.7 x 30.7 cm (mount)
Inscribed recto, lower left, below image, in graphite: "The Steerage [underlined]"; signed recto, lower right, below image, in graphite: "Stieglitz - 1907"; inscribed verso, on mount, left center to center, upside-down, in graphite: [illegible] [drawing of mat?]"

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1949.847

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Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Photographs from the Permanent Collection," March 20–May 30, 1976. (Miles Barth) (Either this or 1949.705)

Paris, France, Centre Georges Pompidou, "L'invention d'un Art," October 12, 1989–January 1, 1990.

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Out of a Dark Room: Photographic Variations from the Permanent Collection," April 15–September 10, 1995. (Sylvia Wolf)

Rochester, New York, "The Photography of Alfred Stieglitz: Georgia O'Keeffe's Enduring Legacy," 2000. (note: dates and location of traveling exhibition unknown)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "From Darkroom to Digital: Photographic Variations," November 19, 2005–February 26, 2006. (Elizabeth Siegel)

Berlin, Germany, Gallery Kicken, "Kicken in Wien, Die Weltmeister," Fall 2008.

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Photography on Display: Modern Treasures," May 9–September 13, 2009.

New York, Seaport Museum New York, "Alfred Stieglitz: New York," September 14, 2010-January 10, 2011.

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "When Collecting Was New: Photographs from the Robert A. Taub Collection," December 15, 2012–May 12, 2013. (Michal Raz-Russo)

Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, "Alfred Stieglitz and the 19th Century," October 31, 2015-March 27, 2016. (Elizabeth Siegel)

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