Exhibition in honor of Bill Cunningham
The Museum of the New York Historical Society will present an exhibition of previously unreleased albums of street photographer Bill Cunningham. He went down in history as the founder of the genre of street photography, which he filmed for more than 40 years for The New York Times. But early in his career, Cunningham made hats for Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield and Josephine Baker.
Cunningham’s visual diaries cover the early period of his life and creativity when he created fanciful female hats under the brand William J. As mentioned in one of his ads, William J. was “the wildest, most insane and most incredible.”
Cunningham’s albums contain clippings from newspapers and magazines of those times, advertisements and personal photos of the photographer. According to Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of the exhibition, the collected diaries have never before been shown publicly. For the convenience of visitors, all records from albums are digitized.
“Creating hats, he was inspired by an incredible amount of knowledge,” says Debra Schmidt Bach, “I did not think about it until I looked through his record, he had collections based on Egyptian art and the legends of Robin Hood.” His drawings show a lot of allusions “.
The exposition also includes William J. hats, hat boxes, photos from the Façades series, which gathers pictures of New York architecture and fashion, his first camera, his bicycle and the famous blue jacket of the photographer. See the exhibition “In honor of Bill Cunningham” (Celebrating Bill Cunningham) can be in the museum of the New York Historical Society until September 9, 2018.