Picturing America: The Brooklyn Bridge
Built in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has endured as a compelling part of the Brooklyn and Manhattan landscapes for over a century. In this video from Picturing America, explore how two artists have represented the bridge in their work.
View the video (6 minutes) from Picturing America.
- Why did Walker Evans believe in photography? How does it allow him to portray the bridge?
- How has Joseph Stella’s work inspired other artists?
- What does the Brooklyn Bridge symbolize?
The Brooklyn Bridge, as Evans's and Stella's work suggests, endured as a symbol of modernity and progress long after it was first built. Connect it to its historical context—industrialization, urbanization, immigration—and to modernism with these lesson plans and other resources from EDSITEment:
- Curriculum: Introduction to Modernist Poetry (grades 9-12), especially Lesson 1: Understanding the Context of Modernist Poetry: Delve into modernist poetry, beginning with a study of its context, including architectural, technological, demographic, and economic factors.
- Lesson Plan: The Industrial Age in America: Robber Barons and Captains of Industry (grades 6-8): Learn about the economic and social context in which projects like the Brooklyn Bridge were undertaken.
- Lesson Plan: The Industrial Age in America: Sweatshops, Steel Mills, and Factories (grades 6-8): Learn about working conditions in the industrial age in the United States.