Category Archives: Documentary

New York City: the 51st State, Norman Mailer–Jimmy Breslin

Norman Mailer, at the microphone, campaigning for mayor in the garment district with Jimmy Breslin in June 1969. “New York City: the 51st State was the platform of the Norman Mailer–Jimmy Breslin candidacy in the 1969 New York City Democratic … Continue reading

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The Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 – 1969), who developed the concept of ‘organic architecture’, that a building should develop out of its surroundings. The Guggenheim’s concrete rings allow light into the building to display the exhibits … Continue reading

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Yvonne Rainer, a Giant of Choreography, Makes Her Last Dance

Yvonne Rainer, 87, photographed in Fort Tryon Park. “In 1966, Yvonne Rainer presented ‘Trio A,’ her celebrated solo that emphasized movement over expression. By stripping dance of narrative, of emotion and even of the dancer’s gaze — there is no … Continue reading

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Mel’s Drive-In Protest 1963

“By the 1960s, San Francisco’s widespread racist employment patterns ushered in a series of social protest movements led by the city’s progressives aimed at promoting equal rights and job opportunities for African American residents of the city. The Civil Rights … Continue reading

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New York City children playing on car-free streets in the summer of ’68

“The city’s Parks Department opened a new photography exhibition at Central Park’s Arsenal Gallery that displays more than 40 archived photographs from the department’s collection. Called ‘Streets In Play: Katrina Thomas, NYC Summer 1968,’ the exhibit features images taken by the late … Continue reading

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New Journalism

Tom Wolfe “New Journalism is a style of news writing and journalism, developed in the 1960s and 1970s, that uses literary techniques unconventional at the time. It is characterized by a subjective perspective, a literary style reminiscent of long-form non-fiction. … Continue reading

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Running in sneakers, the Judson Dance Theater

Yvonne Rainer, We Shall Run, 1963 performed March 7, 1965 at the Wadsworth Atheneum “Twelve performers stand still onstage. A minute passes, then another. You sit there watching, waiting for the dancing to begin. After what feels like an interminable … Continue reading

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PBS: “Muhammad Ali” Four-part documentary series

Like many aspects of Muhammad Ali’s life, this photo of him defeating Sonny Liston in 1965 transcended boxing. A new documentary assesses Ali’s impact inside the ring and out. “There it was, legendary frame by legendary frame, frozen in time … Continue reading

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Broken Circle/Spiral Hill – Robert Smithson (1971)

“Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is an earthwork sculpture by the American artist Robert Smithson. It was created for the 1971 Sonsbeek outdoor sculpture exhibition. The piece is located in Emmen, Netherlands. Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is the sole large-scale earthwork piece created … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about the Greenwich Village of 1961 in one map

“‘Geographically speaking, the Village is only a small part of New York City,’ so states the copy on the side of this remarkable map of the Greenwich Village of 1961 (click the map to enlarge it), which details the restaurants, … Continue reading

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