American Radiator Building
Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887–1986
Radiator Building—Night, New York, 1927
Oil on canvas
48" × 30"
Alfred Stieglitz Collection
Co-owned by Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas
Photography by Edward C. Robison III
Prominent painter Georgia O’Keeffe noticed the lighting from her apartment on the 30th floor of the nearby Shelton Hotel on Lexington Avenue and 49th Street, where she lived with her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz from 1925–1936.
In a painting she depicted the building’s luminous crown, floodlights shooting up into the night sky, some catching a neighbor’s heating fumes, and a red neon light advertising her publicity-shy husband.