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Maker(s):Morgan, Barbara B.
Culture:American (1900-1992)
Title:Hearst over the People
Date Made:1939 negative; 1972 print
Materials:Gelatin silver print
Measurements:Mat: 20 in x 24 in; 50.8 cm x 61 cm; Sheet: 15 7/8 in x 19 7/8 in; 40.3 cm x 50.5 cm; Image: 12 1/16 in x 15 1/4 in; 30.6 cm x 38.7 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/DATE: front, lwr r. (black ink): Barbara Morgan - 1939; TITLE: front: lwr. l. (black ink): HEARST OVER THE PEOPLE; SIGNAURE: back, ctr. (black ink): © Barbara Morgan; TITLE/DATE/PRINT DATE: back, ctr. (black ink): HEARST OVER THE PEOPLE - 1939 - c. 1972
Accession Number:  UM 2011.5.22
Credit Line:Collection: University of Massachusetts Amherst. Gift of the Barbara Morgan Archive to the University of Massachusetts Dance Program. © Barbara Morgan Archive
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


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Curatorial Fellowship exhibition: What's So Funny: How Humor Makes Us Think, March 21 - April 28, 2019
Although most known for her portrayal of dancers, Morgan also pushed the limits of photography with her work in photomontage and light drawings. Here, a portrait of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst is superimposed, in the form of an octopus, over a crowd of workers. Initially published in New Masses, a left-wing magazine in the early twentieth century, this photomontage and its many-tentacled Hearst acts as “a symbol of corporate greed and corruption” which seems to attack the workers. The dark and slithering impact of Hearst, whose support of Hitler and Mussolini was known, and his “sensationalist news empire” is evident in this work.
- Kayla Peterson (M.A. Art History, 2020) and Siyu Shen (M.A. Art History, 2020)


photography; collages; black and white; people; figures; crowds; faces; male; workers; social commentary

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