Picturing Power: Portraiture and Its Uses in the New York Chamber of Commerce

Picturing Power: Portraiture and Its Uses in the New York Chamber of Commerce

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by Karl Kusserow, the curator of American Art at the Princeton University Art Museum.

The almost three hundred portraits that once composed the New York Chamber of Commerce's renowned collection capture the giants of American business with aesthetic and symbolic power. The images of civic leaders and entrepreneurs, carefully assembled over two hundred years, tell the story of American industry as shaped and reflected in the life of a major institution. Interpreting these images as historical documents, Picturing Power traces the establishment, growth, and eventual decline of the nation's most powerful business organization. Lavishly illustrated, this book also charts the social and aesthetic course of institutional portraiture in the United States.

This book accompanied the exhibition Picturing Power: Capitalism, Democracy, and American Portraiture, held exclusively at the Princeton University Art Museum from March 9 through June 30, 2013.

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