Tuesday, January 22, 2019
"The Garment Worker"
I was in Manhattan tonight for a lecture on the photographer Carlton Watkins who photographed the American West back in 1850. Walking back to Penn Station, I passed this statue on 7th Avenue, which is known as "Fashion Avenue." I have seen this statue before in daylight, but there was something about the lighting at night that brought out the textures of the man's face, and the cloth and the sewing machine. This is by the artist Judith Weller and it is a realistic rendering of a garment worker, wearing a yarmulke, and hunched over a hand operated sewing machine. The figure is modeled after the artist's father who was a machine operator in New York's garment industry. "When I was a little girl, I recall seeing him at work." The sculpture was created to commemorate the Jewish garment workers, the backbone of Jewish life in New York at the turn of the century. This is a very powerful work that deserves study and contemplation.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:06 PM