Where We Are
Audio Guide Playlist
Narrator: Cough, cough, splutter, choke. It’s a little hard to breathe here, outside the factory.
Elsie Driggs made this somber painting of one of the many steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She liked the cylinder shapes of the chimneys and tubes and thought they had a “cool and classical” beauty. But she wasn't allowed to look inside the factory—the owners told her it was no place for a woman. Instead she found a view from a hill just above the mills. What do you think about that?
Take a look at the colors that Driggs used to make this painting. Why do you think she chose them? What kind of environment is Driggs showing you? It’s pretty dirty, right? But when Driggs made the painting, people didn’t realize what a problem pollution was going to cause. For her, this scene was beautiful.
Elsie Driggs (1895-1992), Pittsburgh, 1927. Oil on canvas, 34 1/4 × 40 1/4in. (87 × 102.2 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art; gift of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.177 © Estate of Elsie Driggs
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- 701 Jacob Lawrence, War Series, 1946-47
- 702 Georgia O'Keeffe, Music, Pink and Blue No. 2, 1918
- 711 Jay DeFeo, The Eyes, 1958
- 714 Clyfford Still, Untitled, 1956
- 720 Roy Lichtenstein, Bathroom, 1961
- 722 Edward Hopper, New York Interior, c. 1921
- 733 Kids audio guide for Charles Henry Alston, The Family, 1955
- 734 Louise Bourgeois, Quarantania, 1941
- 741 Kids audio guide for Elsie Driggs, Pittsburgh, 1927
- 742 Elizabeth Catlett, The Black Woman, 1946-47, printed 1989
- 750 Jasper Johns, Three Flags, 1958
- 751 Isamu Noguchi, Humpty Dumpty, 1946
- 752 Edward Hopper, Early Sunday Morning, 1930