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Barbara Crane Collection

A work made of black and white photographic prints and black and white 4" x 5" negatives..

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  • A work made of black and white photographic prints and black and white 4" x 5" negatives..




Barbara Crane (1928-2019)
Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks

About this artwork

Barbara Crane (1928-2019) graduated from New York University and the Institute of Design at IIT. She has taught photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, exhibited internationally, and has received both NEA grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship. From 1972 to 1979, she was commissioned by the Chicago Commission on Historical and Architectural Landmarks (currently known as the Commission on Chicago Landmarks) to photograph Chicago buildings being evaluated for possible landmark designation. Crane photographed numerous Chicago neighborhoods, capturing many pre-war commercial buildings and residences before the current trend of teardowns and extensive remodelings. The collection is comprised of approximately 1000 black-and-white images of Chicago buildings and neighborhoods, as well as the 4”x 5” negatives used for the prints.

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Made 1972–2019


Black and white photographic prints and black and white 4" x 5" negatives.


1 portfolio: H.: 213.4 cm (84 in.)

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Gift of Elizabeth Cohen and Jennifer Crane, 1999.

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