Skip navigation
Manhattan

Object Name: Yardage
Date: 1930
Related People:
Medium: Silk shantung
Dimensions: Overall: 54 x 35 1/4 in. ( 137.2 x 89.5 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Screen-printed green silk shantung with an all over design showing city scenes in black ink: the Aquarium, Statue of Liberty, telephone operators, ships entering the port, city streets, skyscrapers, etc.
Credit Line: Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Object Number: 1945.82
Send to a Friend
Marks: Printed along selvage: "Manhattan designed by Ruth Reeves"

Gallery Label:

Designed by Ruth Reeves (1892-1966), the textile "Manhattan" was part of a series commissioned by the W. & J. Sloane Company in 1930. The series was exhibited later that year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition, "Decorative Metal Work and Cotton Textiles." Reeves's designs ranged from the abstract to more realistic scenes of contemporary life and reflected her interest in the urban landscape of soaring skyscrapers, expansion bridges, and sophisticated citizens.

Exhibitions:

"Jenny Lind: The Swedish Nightingale in America," New-York Historical Society, August 29– October 29, 2000.

"The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s," Cleveland Museum of Art, September 30, 2017–January 14, 2018.