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You are invited to a Media Preview of our Winter 2013 Exhibitions

January 17 | Thursday | 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Remarks at 12 pm followed by a curator walkthrough.
ICP Curators and Ben Shneiderman, Chim's nephew and manager of his estate, are available for interviews by request

RSVP: 212.857.0045 or cortiz@icp.org

On view January 18–May 5, 2013

Roman Vishniac Rediscovered
Roman Vishniac Rediscovered brings together four decades of work by an extraordinarily versatile and innovative photographer for the first time. Vishniac (1897–1990) created the most widely recognized and reproduced photographic record of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars. These celebrated photographs were taken on assignment for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the world's largest Jewish relief organization, from 1935–38, yet this exhibition follows the photographer's long and accomplished career from the early 1920s through the 1950s.This exhibition introduces recently discovered and radically diverse new bodies of work by Vishniac, and repositions his iconic photographs of Eastern Europe within the broader tradition of 1930s commissioned social documentary photography. The exhibition is organized by ICP Adjunct Curator Maya Benton.

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Roman Vishniac
Roman Vishniac, [Interior of the Anhalter Bahnhof, a railway terminus near Potsdamer Platz, Berlin], late 1920s–early 1930s.
© Mara Vishniac Kohn. Courtesy International Center of Photography.

We Went Back:
Photographs from Europe 1933–1956 by Chim

This retrospective exhibition traces the development of Chim's career as an intellectually engaged photojournalist, placing his life and work in the broader context of 1930s–50s photography and European politics. Born Dawid Szymin in Warsaw, Chim (who after WWII published under the name David Seymour) began his career in 1933 photographing for leftist magazines in Paris. In 1936, along with his friends Robert Capa and Gerda Taro, Chim traveled to Spain to photograph the civil war in support of the Republican side, publishing regularly in all the major European and American picture magazines. Chim was an astute observer of 20th-century European political affairs, workers' rights, and culture, from the beginnings of the antifascist struggle to the rebuilding of countries ravaged by World War II. The exhibition will showcase over 120 mainly vintage black-and white and color prints, publications in which his work originally appeared, contact sheets, and personal material. The exhibition is organized by ICP Curator Cynthia Young.

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Chim, [Children playing on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France], 1947. © Chim (David Seymour), Magnum Photos.


Hank Willis Thomas
Untitled from the Wayfarer series, 2012.
© Hank Willis Thomas.

Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks, Emerging Man, Harlem, 1952.
© The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Picture Windows
ICP is launching Picture Windows, a new series of site-specific installations from a global selection of contemporary artists. The inaugural project features work by conceptual photographer Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers and examines themes of multiplicity, identity, performance and gesture.

Clad in a divided black and white suit, top hat, and dress shoes, Biggers strikes 13 distinct poses that allude to "dandies," vaudeville performers, dancers, and even Kabuki actors. Inspired by a portrait of a late-19th-century performer, the costume also refers to the Yoruba deity Elegba, the protector of travels and crossroads. It will be on view in ICP's 43rd Street windows from January 18 through May 5.
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Gordon Parks: 100 Years Extended through May 5
To commemorate the centennial of the birth of photographer, filmmaker, musician, and writer Gordon Parks (1912–2006), ICP in cooperation with The Gordon Parks Foundation presents the installation Gordon Parks: 100 Years. It includes a 20-foot-by-13-foot photo mural featuring Emerging Man, one of Parks' iconic images captured in Harlem in 1952; a slideshow of more than 50 photographs he captured throughout his long, illustrious career; and three video screens displaying his stunning images, which explore such issues as urban and rural poverty, racism and prejudice, politics, and the historic Civil Rights Movement. The installation was curated by Dr. Maurice Berger.
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For more information, contact the ICP Communications Department at info@icp.org or 212.857.0045, or visit www.icp.org.

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