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Past Exhibition

Naked City: Photographs from the Permanent Collection

When: May 10 - August 21, 2011

About the Show

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center currently owns close to 3,000 works of photography ranging from nineteenth-century works by early innovators to master works by twentieth-century photography icons to the most cutting-edge contemporary work being made today. This exhibition, Naked City, is a small selection of the collection representing photographic scenes of urban life and including some of the most iconic images of social documentary and street photography made in America the last century. The exhibition takes its title from the acclaimed 1945 book of photographs by Weegee, which with its explicit tabloid-style images of Manhattan crime, crowds, and spirited nightlife, changed the face of American photography almost overnight. On view here are significant photographs by fourteen renowned photographers that favor directness, immediacy, and realism. The subject matter of the works explores architecture, alienation, personalities, everyday life, street scenes, family, poverty, and urban progress. Collectively, the artists in the exhibition portray the unique characteristics of the places they depict, and capture the true spirit and raw energy of twentieth-century urban life.


Mon Closed
Tue 10am-5pm
Wed 10am-5pm
Thu 10am-5pm
Fri 10am-5pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and from Dec. 22 through Jan. 15.

Print Room - Students & Public

Wed 3pm-5pm
Fri 2pm-4pm

It is best to make an appointment with the curator of prints and drawings, Patricia Phagan.

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Thursday Late Night at the Lehman Loeb is suspended, pending further review.


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