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New York Historical Society

Exhibition Detail
Façades
170 Central Park West
New York City, NY 10024


March 14th - June 15th
Opening: 
March 14th 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
 
Bill Cunningham Photographing Models, New York County Court House,
Bill Cunningham Photographing Models, New York County Court House,
ca.1975, Gelatin silver photograph , 11x14 in
© Courtesy of The New York Historical Society
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In 1968, photographer Bill Cunningham embarked on an eight-year project to document the architectural riches and fashion history of New York City. Scouring the city’s thrift stores, auction houses, and street fairs for vintage clothing, and scouting sites on his bicycle, Cunningham generated a photographic essay entitled Façades, which paired models—in particular his muse, fellow photographer Editta Sherman—in period costumes with historic settings.  

Although by turns whimsical and bold, Cunningham’s project also 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 silver gelatin prints from the series to the New-York Historical Society in 1976, and now, almost four decades later, Cunningham’s work will be reconsidered in a show that will highlight the historical perspective the photographs suggest—not just of the distant past, but of the particular time in which they were created.


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