420 West Broadway, the first big time SoHo gallery building, on Thanksgiving 2015.

420 West Broadway, the first big time SoHo gallery building, on Thanksgiving 2015.

420 West Broadway, the first big time SoHo gallery building, on opening day in 1971. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah

420 West Broadway, the first big time SoHo gallery building, on opening day in 1971. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah

   Save the Village: The Artist's World, a new walking tour of the photos of Fred W. McDarrah, kicks off December 5.

   Virtually every important postwar art trend matriculated below Manhattan's 14th St. 

   The Abstract Expressionists and the New York School, the nascent Soho and use of repurposed industrial spaces as studio and gallery for Pop artists, performance and site-specific installations, the East Village graffiti galleries and Edward Hopper's Nighthawks - arguably the most famous American painting of them all - all happened within walking distance of each other.

   Fred W. McDarrah, the longtime Village Voice photographer and picture editor, was right there with his camera as it happened. His iconic art world photos are the basis for this new walking tour.

   See where Robert Rauschenberg inadvertently started the sushi craze in New York City over 40 years ago. What other tour can offer you that!?

  While McDarrah's 250,000-image archive is an encyclopedic catalog of the people, places, movements, trends and events of the New York scene over the second half of the 20th century, his collection of photographs of artists is truly unique and often the sole visual record of a special time and place in the history of American art.

  The Artist's World tour, based on a 2015 exhibition at Chelsea's Steven Kasher Gallery that featured vintage photos from McDarrah's seminal 1961 book The Artist's World, is the third in a series of four Greenwich Village Walking Tours based on the photographs of McDarrah, including the ongoing Save The Village and The Beats and Bob Dylan tours, and starting later this fall, the St. Marks Place/East Village tour.

  Tickets are $25 (Adult) and $15 (Students, seniors, individuals with a valid library card, or a membership in a Historic Preservation Society, Group or Association) and every ticket includes a keepsake postcard packet.

   All tours are available for private bookings; custom or combination tours can be arranged. For tour schedules, to make reservations and for more information, go to SaveTheVillageTours.com.