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  • Winogrand

    Garry Winogrand
    American, 1928-1984

    Garry Winogrand, a Bronx native, tirelessly documented the bustling activity of people on the streets in New York City. In the unpredictable mix of people rushing about the city to complete errands, get to work, and visit with friends, Winogrand found an endlessly dynamic subject. In this candid scene, two women hail a taxi, while two girls in the background play paddy-cake to pass the time.

    New York City, 1968
    gelatin silver print, 8 7/8 x 13 3/16 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase and gift of Barbara Schwartz in memory of Eugene M. Schwartz. © 2012 The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.



    Weegee (Arthur Fellig)
    American, born Austria. 1899-1968

    Weegee stalked the famous and the infamous, making pictures to sell to the city's many illustrated papers. Weegee was especially well known for his nighttime views of New York crime scenes and his candid depictions of moviegoers, but also had an interest in capturing the range of characters who populated Coney Island beaches, as in this picture which is filled with masses of people taking in the sun. In Coney Island, Weegee fills the composition with a sea of bathingsuit clad visitors enjoying the beaches and rides of this, obviously very popular, tourist destination.

    Coney Island, 1968
    gelatin silver print, 10 5/6 x 13 11/16 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Anonymous gift.


    Brooklyn Bridge

    Unknown photographer

    One of the earliest depictions of New York in the exhibition, his photograph captures one of the city's structural icons. The Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883 and was the largest suspension bridge in the country. Standing squarely in the middle of the path, the unknown photographer who made this picture was likely drawn to the web of symmetrical cables radiating from the two arched towers.

    Brooklyn Bridge, ca. 1914
    gelatin silver print, 7 5/8 x 9 9/16 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The New York Times Collection.



    Michael Spano
    American, born 1949

    In New York Sights, Michael Spano's title refers to City Sights NY, the hop-on, hop-off, double-decker tour bus in the background. Painted on the bus is the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, two major tourist attractions of New York. In front of the bus, Spano presents a view of the interior space of a car whose occupants appear to be unaware of the photographer's presence as they navigate New York traffic. The photo conveys a sense of the congestion of New York's streets - it's busy, claustrophobic, overwhelming, while at the same time thoughtfully composed.

    New York Sights, 2005
    gelatin silver print, 27 3/4 x 34 7/8 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lois and Bruce Zenkel Fund. © 2012 Michael Spano.


    Cindy Sherman

    Cindy Sherman
    American, born 1954

    Throughout her career, Cindy Sherman has worked as her own model, capturing herself in a range of guises and personas which are at turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. With an arsenal of wigs, costumes, makeup, prosthetics, and props, Sherman alters both her physique and surroundings to create an endless list of characters and scenarios. The image is from the groundbreaking series "Untitled Film Stills" (1977-80), black-and-white pictures that feature the artist in stereotypical female roles inspired by 1950s and 1960s Hollywood, film noir, and European art-house films.

    Untitled Film Still #21, 1978
    gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Horace W. Goldsmith Fund through Robert B. Menschel. © 2012 Cindy Sherman.



    Dan Weiner
    American, 1919-1959

    Throughout the 1950s, Dan Weiner's work appeared regularly in Fortune magazine, dutifully capturing the prosperity and cheer of the era for his editors. In his photograph, a woman adorned in a hat and blowing a horn is singled out in a crowd filled with people celebrating New Year's Eve. Weiner died young, in a plane crash while on assignment in 1959, but a close look at his career reveals his subtle, prescient appreciation of life in 1950s America.

    New Year's Eve, Times Square, 1951
    gelatin silver print, 9 1/4 x 13 3/16 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Sandra Weiner. © 2012 Estate of Dan Weiner.

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