Members Only: Private Tour & Reception at New-York Historical Society
Presented by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Cost: $30 for CBSAC/NY Members
Bill Cunningham, Fashion Photographer for The New York Times, embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. In 1968, scouring the city for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitled Facades, which paired models in period costumes with historic settings.
Cunningham’s project was part of the larger cultural zeitgeist in New York City, during an era in which issues surrounding both the preservation and the problems of the urban landscape loomed large. The photographer donated 88 prints from the series to the New-York Historical Society in 1976, and now, almost four decades later, Cunningham’s work is reconsidered in a show that highlights the historical perspective the photographs suggest—not just of the distant past, but of the particular time in which they were created.
The New-York Historical Society is an American history museum and library. Founded in 1804 as New York's first museum, the New-York Historical Society presents exhibitions, public programs and research that explore the rich history of New York and the nation. The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library has been at its present location since 1908. The granite building was designed by York & Sawyer in a classic Roman Eclectic style.
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