Faced with the excess and diversity (where to start?) of publications in Queering the Collection, currently installed in the ICP Library, I was happy to find (& just by judging a book by its cover) a familiar name: Stephen Grebinski. This past fall at the Art Book Fair at P.S.1 I bought one of his… Continue reading Stephen Grebinski, Keyed to Masculine Comfort, 2015
Following conversations with my colleagues at the ICP Library about an event related to our current photobook display Je est un autre: The Vernacular in Photobooks, I decided to present selections from a small collection of films stills I accumulated in the 1980s when I worked at movie revival houses and non-profits in NYC. Calling… Continue reading “I am in Paris.”
The Roxy Theatre opened at 153 W. 50 St., between 6th and 7th Avenues in 1927 with the film The Love of Sunya, produced by and starring Gloria Swanson. The theater seated 5,920 people. An apogee of "movie palace" distinction in New York City, its brief moment in history is now traceable only in photographs.… Continue reading What played at the Roxy?
The recent publication of a nude photograph of the late Elizabeth Taylor highlighted its utter rarity. In passing it is mentioned that the photograph was done by Taylor's friend and fellow actor, Roddy McDowall, who had been her co-star in National Velvet. The photograph was done when Taylor was 24, just prior to her third… Continue reading Celebrity Photographers