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New McDarrah prints available for first time

This may not be a typical blog post - it is more of a press release.  But since we wrote it, seems like fair use.

PHOTOS.COM by GETTY IMAGES SNAPS UP LEGENDARY VILLAGE VOICE PHOTOGRAPHER FRED W. McDARRAH 

New Prints of Classic Greenwich Village Images Available For First Time

Photos.com proudly announces the addition of the Fred W. McDarrah Collection.

Fred W. McDarrah was the most curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable chronicler of the New York scene over the second half of the 20th century. 

His work brings a new and unique selection of images to the collected works of an already world class Photos.com lineup including Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke-White and Ansel Adams.

McDarrah rose to prominence during his 50-year association with the Village Voice newspaper, the house organ of the post-war counterculture. The New York Times has described McDarrah as the "Bachrach of New York's Bohemia."

He photographed the artists, writers, musicians, and actors who frequented the bars, theaters, galleries, and cafes in Greenwich Village. He documented political rallies, museum openings, breaking news, feminism, experimental theater, the rock and folk music scenes, dance, and the civil rights and anti-war movements. In a style simple and direct McDarrah created street and studio portraits of luminaries, politicians and celebrities that were often definitive.

But his favorite subject may have been his beloved New York City; often roaming the city on his bicycle, he documented the streets, buildings, landmarks, parks, beaches, pushcarts, subways, architecture, landscapes, churches, signs, cobblestones, storefronts and rooftops.

McDarrah's photographs have been exhibited at numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris; and are in private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the New York Public Library, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For The Fred W. McDarrah Collection, the editors at Photos.com have selected more than 200 of McDarrah’s most delightful and inspiring images, with an eye towards their ability to work as wall décor. Many of the images shown here are available to the consumer market for the very first time.

About Photos.com by Getty Images:

Built on Getty Images’ unrivaled archive and exclusive collections from a wide range of world-renowned photographers, Photos.com by Getty Images is a full service printing and framing e-commerce business.  Every image is available in four sizes and five framing options: paper, canvas, acrylic, birchwood & aluminum, and arrives at your doorstep framed and ready-to-hang.  With more than 250,000 images spanning current events and famous faces to world culture, contemporary concepts and iconic black-and-white photography, there’s something to inspire and complement every interior style.

Photos.com by Getty Images is not affiliated with the J. Paul Getty Trust or its operating programs including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.

For more information about the Fred W. McDarrah Collection or Photos.com, please contact Director of Marketing Katherine Wells: Katherine.wells@gettyimages.com

 

Making Christopher Park a National Park

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Making Christopher Park a National Park

A campaign is underway to make a National Park out of Christopher Park, located across from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. Go to savestonewall.org to learn more.

At .19 acres (according to http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/christopher-park) it would not be the smallest National Park. That would be the Philadelphia house where Polish freedom fighter Thaddeus Kosciuszko lived, which clocks in at .02 acres. His name should be familiar to drivers who have spent hours crossing the short, potholed and badly designed bridge on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway that bears his name, which crosses Newtown Creek.

As of June 2015, Christopher Park has a new informational sign posted by the city Parks Department, detailing the famous 1969 riots that mark the start of the modern day gay rights movement. The image on the sign was taken by... Fred W. McDarrah, making him part of the official New York City story of the gay rights movement. It is on the Save the Village tour

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SAVE THE VILLAGE!

SAVE THE VILLAGE!

Demolishers dismantle an artist's studio, the facade of which is painted with the slogans 'Save the Village' and 'Wake Up Mr. Mayor!' New York, New York, May 16, 1960. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Demolishers dismantle an artist's studio, the facade of which is painted with the slogans 'Save the Village' and 'Wake Up Mr. Mayor!' New York, New York, May 16, 1960. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

Welcome to the Save the Village Tours blog.

In addition to talking about the tours, posting photos of tours and the people on them and the sights that are seen, we will do something else, too. 

We'll keep track best we can of downtown changes that we feel, well, may be not so good. We're all about supporting the folks that are SAVING what is left (see: Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, gvshp.org/) and doing whatever little bit we can to keep Greenwich Village what is was, and is. With Fred W. McDarrah's photos one can see clearly what we are losing.  

It is not a new crusade. The McDarrah image on the Home page that has "Save The Village... Wake Up Mr. Mayor" is from 1960, and is referring to Mayor Robert F. Wagner. Similar slogans probably first appeared on the walls of the caves at Lascaux. 

But it is a crusade where this time, the light at the end of the tunnel may be a freight train coming to run us over. One conductor is NYU, which is doing its best to destroy the neighborhood that gives the school part of its appeal. Another conductor is Rudin Management, which replaced St. Vincent's, the only hospital in the Village, with more million dollar apartments. Another conductor is the husband and wife team of Oscar Proust and Colleen Goujjane who were cited last week for without anyone's knowledge or permission destroying part of the doorway to their landmark 1834 carriage house (first owner: Aaron Burr) which is now the restaurant One of By Land Two if By Sea. 

Not to single out the folks above. There are many, many, many, many greedy evil demon landlords, developers and real estate professionals to be stopped. Calling them out on their activities, and highlighting what is being lost, is important.         

Won't try to replicate the general brilliance of EVgrieve.com, easily the city's leading news, entertainment and lifestyle blog. It focuses on life below 14th St and east of Broadway. And we'll be more narrow in focus than vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com, which accurately and amusingly calls itself, "A bitterly nostalgic look at a city in the process of going extinct."

Instead, we'll focus our musings best we can on the ground the tours and the photos cover, as well as note places where McDarrah photos are currently being displayed, either in galleries and museums, or newspapers and magazines, or online.

As of today, July 16, 2015, here is a current list of institutions that have McDarrah on the walls:     

 

DOMESTIC:

 

YOKO ONO: ONE WOMAN SHOW, 1960 – 1971

WITH NEVER BEFORE SEEN MCDARRAH PHOTOS OF ONO AND HER WORK FROM THE 1960S

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

11 WEST 53RD STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10019

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 17, 2015

 

ARTIST TO ARTIST 

PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS BY HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, HOLLIS FRAMPTON AND FRED W. MCDARRAH

ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY

1285 ELMWOOD AVENUE
BUFFALO, NEW YORK - NY 14222

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 8, 2015

HTTP://WWW.ALBRIGHTKNOX.ORG/EXHIBITIONS/EXHIBITION:07-11-2015-PHOTOGRAPHS-OF-ARTISTS-FROM-THE-COLLECTION-OF-THE-ALBRIGHT-KNOX/

 

THE YOUNG LORDS IN NEW YORK   

FEATURING MCDARRAH  PHOTOS IN THE FIRST MUSEUM SURVEY TO EXAMINE THE RADICAL SOCIAL GROUP FOUNDED BY PUERTO RICAN YOUTH IN THE 1960S.  

THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS

1040 GRAND CONCOURSE

BRONX, NY  10456

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

http://www.bronxmuseum.org/exhibitions/presente-the-young-lords-in-new-York

 

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK   

INCLUDING MCDARRAH  PHOTOS IN AN UNPRECEDENTED THREE SEPARATE EXHIBITIONS

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

1220 FIFTH AVE.

NEW YORK, NY 10029

1) FOLK CITY

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 29, 2015

2) SAVING PLACE 50 YEARS OF NYC LANDMARKS

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL SEPTEMBER 13, 2015

3) ACTIVIST NEW YORK

ONGOING EXHIBIT  

http://www.mcny.org/exhibitions/current

 

INTERNATIONAL:

 

WARHOL UNDERGROUND

WITH 25 CLASSIC MCDARRAH IMAGES OF ANDY AND THE FACTORY SCENE

CENTRE POMPIDOU-METZ

1 PARVIS DES DROITS DE L'HOMME, 57020. METZ, FRANCE

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 23, 2015

CENTREPOMPIDOU-METZ.FR/WARHOL-UNDERGROUND

 

MILAN TRIENNIAL

RARELY SEEN FRED W. MCDARRAH PHOTOS; ART, ARTISTS AND FOOD IS THE EXHIBITON THEME

TRIENNALE DESIGN MUSEUM

VIALE ALEMAGNA, 6, 20121. MILAN, ITALY

ON EXHIBIT UNTIL NOVEMBER 1, 2015

EXPO2015.ORG/EN/THE-THEMATIC-AREA-OF-ARTS---FOODS-IS-PRESENTED-AT-MILAN-S-TRIENNALE

 

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: I HAVE BEEN TO HELL AND BACK

NEVER BEFORE EXHIBITED MCDARRAH IMAGES OF BOURGEOIS

MUSEO PICASSO, MALAGA, SPAIN

ON EXHIBIT  UNTIL SEPT 27, 2015

HTTP://WWW.MUSEOPICASSOMALAGA.ORG/EN/MUSEO-PICASSO-MALAGA-PRESENTS-THE-EXHIBITION-LOUISE-BOURGEOIS-I-HAVE-BEEN-TO-HELL-AND-BACK

MODERNA MUSEET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN  

ON EXHIBIT  FEB 14 TO MAY 17, 2015

 

Darn that is an impressive list!

And THREE shows at the Museum of the City of New York at once? That is unheard of. 

The point is that there is a tremendous demand for photos (and the memories?) of a Greenwich Village fast fading. That is why you are reading, right?