Bill Cunningham New York

The Museum of the City of New York presents a screening of Bill Cunningham New York followed by a discussion of his work

Bill Cunningham New York

The Museum of the City of New York presents an evening of tribute to one of New York's greatest street photographers with a screening of Bill Cunningham New York followed by a discussion of his work on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 6:30 pm.

The contemporary, modish human flora and fauna of New York’s glittering concrete jungle is captured in Bill Cunningham New York (84 min, 2010), a look into the life of the late, great street and Society photographer. Immediately following the screening, join us for a conversation to remember Bill with those who knew him and his work well.  Popcorn and drinks will be served!

Kim Hastreiter, Co-Founder and Editor, Paper Magazine
Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director, Paper Magazine
Richard Press, Director, Bill Cunningham New York
Sally Singer, Creative Digital Director, Vogue
Lana Turner, Bill Cunningham muse and friend
Phyllis Magidson (moderator), Elizabeth Farran Tozer (Curator of Costumes and Textiles, Museum of the City of New York)

“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour.

The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist obsessively and inventively chronicled fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.”

Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

 

 

This nonfiction film series, inspired by the Museum's new exhibition New York at its Core, zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities across the five boroughs to pose the question, "What makes New York New York?" Where noted, screenings are followed by talkbacks with the filmmakers and other notable guests.

The Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm) celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.