The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 23, 2024

Swing Shift

Swing Shift

1937
(American, 1911–2012)
Plate: 24.8 x 27 cm (9 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.); Sheet: 31.9 x 35 cm (12 9/16 x 13 3/4 in.)
© Will Barnet
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

While the thriving garment industry in early 20th-century New York City had once been staffed by immigrants from European countries, after World War I, Blacks migrating from the American South began to take what was often the lowest paid work in the city.

Description

The furnishings in this room suggest that this man works in a domestic space, likely one of the thousands of tenements where recent migrants to the city worked in contract garment shops that doubled as living quarters. The garment industry in New York City had once been staffed primarily by immigrants from European countries, but after World War I, Black people from the American South began to take what was often the lowest-paid work in the city.
  • Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
    ?-2020
    (William P. Carl Fine Prints, Durham, NC)
    December 7, 2020
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Ashcan School Prints and the American City, 1900-1940. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (July 18-December 26, 2021).
  • {{cite web|title=Swing Shift|url=false|author=Will Barnet|year=1937|access-date=23 April 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL:

https://www.clevelandart.org/art/2020.286