The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts presents Naked City: Photographs from the Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center on view through January 29, 2011.
his selection of photographic scenes of urban life comes from the distinguished collection of The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. The exhibition is sponsored by Lissa and Charles Lyman and Ferman Motor Cars. It was curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, The Emily Hargroves Fisher ’57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator and Assistant Director for Strategic Planning, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.
The exhibition features 42 iconic images of social documentary and street photography. Titled after the acclaimed 1945 book of photographs by Weegee, the exhibition includes photographs by twenty renowned photographers that favor directness, immediacy, and realism in depicting cities as varied as New York, Chicago, and New Orleans.
The show is divided into three categories: City Dwellers, City Streets, and Cityscapes. Themes of the exhibition include architecture, alienation, personalities, everyday life, street scenes, family, poverty, and progress.
The artists whose work is included are modern masters: Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, Andreas Feininger, Lee Friedlander, Lewis Hine, Frank Paulin, and Weegee as well as more contemporary photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Rineke Dijkstra, Nan Goldin, Philip Lorca diCorcia, and Andy Warhol.