We’re coming to the close of a great retrospective of Joe Sarno’s works at New York’s Anthology Film Archives, ending September 26. Sarno was one of the sexploitation genre’s key auteurs, and his films evoke the independent spirit of the underground film movement — movies popularized during the ‘60s that pushed the boundaries of technique and narrative with experimental artistry. These pictures produced outside the commercial moviemaking industry ranged from the subversive to the formless, delighting in explicit subjects and exploring radical in-camera editing. Crucial as he is, Sarno is just one of these 50 underground filmmakers you should… Read More
It’s hard to imagine a perpetually populated New York City spot like Penn Station free of people, but photographer Duane Michals captured the quiet side of the iconic locale, and others, in his Empty New York series. Started in the 1960s, Michals explored the streets of New York during the early morning hours, capturing shops, parks, and subway cars. His striking work was the subject of a recent exhibition at DC Moore Gallery that closed in May.
“It was a fortuitous event for me [to discover the work of Eugene Atget in a book]. I became so enchanted by the intimacy of the rooms and streets and people he photographed that I found myself looking at twentieth–century New York in the early morning through his nineteenth-century eyes,” the artist stated. “Everywhere seemed a stage set. I would awaken early on Sunday mornings and wander through New York with my camera, peering into shop windows and down cul-de-sacs with a bemused Atget looking over my shoulder.”
Michals reinterpretation of the metropolis is theatrical and sometimes eerie, bringing an unexpected philosophical resonance to everyday spaces like a laundromat. See more of these rare gelatin silver prints in our gallery.
Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art will exhibit Michals’ other work from November 1 through February 16. Visit DC Moore Gallery through the end of the month to see the paintings of Robert De Niro, Sr., father of actor Robert De Niro. … Read More
The Beatles took America by storm during their first visit to the U.S. in 1964. Just one month after their historic television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the band started working on a film that would bring Beatlemania to the big screen. A Hard Day’s Night captured the boyish charm of the four lads from Liverpool (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison) who would change the face of popular music the world over. “Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester and featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which reconceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time,” Janus Films writes. Criterion has restored the movie from the original 35mm camera negative for a first-time Blu-ray release that hit last month. In celebration of the release, A Hard Day’s Night is screening in select theaters this weekend. Here are 25 fun facts about the moptopped movie in preparation for your viewing. … Read More
If it isn’t conveniently close or online, most people can’t be bothered — but music remains one of the only experiences people will endure overpriced water, sweltering heat, and elbow-jabbing crowds for. We’ve pondered the rise of national music festivals and appreciated the communal experiences they offer, but today we go back to the template for all fests: Woodstock (celebrating its 45th anniversary this year). … Read More
Influential pinup photographer Bunny Yeager, who helped transform the previously hush-hush enterprise into an art form, passed away last month. Previously a model herself, Yeager’s images broke through her subjects’ obvious physical beauty and shone a spotlight on their personalities and inner world. Most famous for shooting over 1,000 images of pinup queen Bettie Page in the 1950s, and the iconic photo of bikini-clad Bond Girl Ursula Andress emerging from the water in 1962’s Dr. No, Yeager is currently the subject of a Las Vegas exhibition on view until July 20. Bunny’s Bombshells at Sin City Gallery chronicles Yeager’s rise to fine art photographer in a male-dominated world. “Almost all of the girls I asked easily agreed to pose for me, because they knew I wasn’t going to flirt with them like the men photographers did,” she once recalled. Browse a preview of the exhibition in our gallery. Visit Sin City’s website for more information. … Read More
Restaging the Tony-winning musical play Jersey Boys for the big screen, Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the ‘60s doo-wop and rock saga, centered on the group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, hit theaters this weekend. Jersey Boys is a familiar tale of the pop star climb to the top and all the trials that go along with it, hailing from a fertile period in music history. The boy band and girl group phenomenon flourished during the ‘60s, blurring social and racial barriers. These vocal groups heralded a dramatic wave in the industry where sparkling talent, manufactured sounds, and teen idol appeal reigned (and continue to do so to this day). It’s the perfect recipe for a juicy biopic as Eastwood and company have banked on. Here are eight other girl groups and boy bands that deserve equal attention, their stories sure to fascinate and inspire audiences. … Read More
We are an obsessed culture, and there are few things we tend to fixate on more than finding love. Over 41 million people in the United States have attempted to find a partner through online dating — a billion-dollar industry that banks on our desire for a connection. But services like OkCupid, Tinder, and Match.com weren’t the first computer-based dating platforms — or the first matchmakers. We spotted eight vintage matchmaking devices and services that demonstrate how dating was done before the age of the Internet. … Read More
Sixteen-year-old Annalisa Hartlaub created a compelling series of self-portraits for her school photography class. “I’ve always been fascinated, and a bit infatuated, with counterculture and how it shapes society and mainstream culture as well,” she explains. “So I decided to mix that interest with my love of fashion, makeup, and photography to create something.” Her historical selfies project portrays two fashion and cultural trends from every decade over the past 100 years. Mainstream culture is shown in the photo on the left, while the counterculture is depicted on the right. The side-by-side comparison reflects the different hair, fashion, and makeup styles that flappers, hippies, mods, and other youth subcultures would have obsessed over. It’s a clever form of dress up that explores teen fantasy and identity — through a teenaged photographer.… Read More
Mad Men is a veritable smorgasbord of eye candy. From the swoon-worthy set design to the striking cinematography, Matthew Weiner’s stylish series deconstructs the 1960s with a visual grammar that rivals many movies. Perhaps one of the most obsessed about aspects of Mad Men is the fashion. The series heralded a revival of 1960’s style and even inspired several clothing lines from big brands and indie clothiers. … Read More
When we think of places where drag and ballroom culture has thrived, cities like New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. spring to mind — but many don’t realize that there was a vibrant community in the Midwest during the ‘50s and ‘60s. In 2006, artist Robert Heishman uncovered a group of slides in a Kansas City salvage yard labeled, “Jack’s Slides: Chicago and Kansas City.” Heishman found a stash of images featuring beautiful drag queens, but the photographer remained a mystery. … Read More