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Jump, South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Vincent Cianni


Growing up on the urban terrain of concrete sidewalks, Brooklyn children and teenagers have long embraced skating as a pastime. In 1950 N. Jay Jaffee photographed a young skater as she extended her arm out to gain balance independent of her father’s hold. Vincent Cianni’s 1995 image captures a graceful moment of a teenage boy midair.

The backgrounds of these images reveal changing textures of the neighborhood landscapes: felt hats with fur trim and arched glass storefront windows in the former, and baggy T-shirts and graffiti scrawled along a block in the latter. Although taken forty-five years apart, these photographs display skating as a communal and enjoyed act for Brooklyn youth.
MEDIUM Gelatin silver print
DATES 1995
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm) Image: 9 x 11 in. (22.9 x 27.9 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in graphite, lower center verso: "Vincent C."
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mary Cianni
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Vincent Cianni (American, born 1952). Jump, South 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 1995. Gelatin silver print, Sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mary Cianni, 2003.18.2. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2003.18.2.jpg)
EDITION Edition: 1/25
IMAGE overall, 2003.18.2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2003
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