Happy 4th! Enjoy the long weekend!
From the U.S. National Archives Collection
Part of the Collection of the State Library and Archives of Florida
Happy 4th! Enjoy the long weekend!
In honor of the solstice today, here are some photofinds from the Flickr Commons to celebrate summer:
“Bay Clams Are the Specialty of the House”
Draper congratulates Professor Peter Lucas on being one of eight professors at NYU to be awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for 2011. “Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise,” Peter and the other recipients were selected from a batch of over 3,000 applications.
Peter teaches “International Studies in Human Rights” for Draper each fall, but is also affiliated with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) program in GSAS and the Open Arts program in Tisch. When not teaching at NYU, Peter–an accomplished photographer and filmmaker–often works on projects highlighting memory, trauma, and personal narrative in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
It is for one of his photography projects–The Last Hour of Summer–that Peter was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship. As he explains on his website, the project started with the discovery of 200 black and white photos that he found and bought at a flea market in Rio:
“Most of the pictures were women on the beach at Ipanema. Although we did not know who the photographer was at first, he took two self-portraits of himself in the mirror. He also dated his pictures on the verso. The time frame of 1962/1963 correlates with that golden period just before the 1964 military coup in Brazil and represents the “Last Hour” before the change.
With some clever research in Ipanema we eventually found people who were able to identify the late Orizon Carneiro Muniz as the photographer. Muniz was not a professional photographer, but a local weekend photographer with a deep love for women and the beach. In an attempt to find the people in the pictures, we mounted an exhibition in 2007 at Casa Laura Alvim on the beach in Ipanema. With substantial press coverage of the show, we finally met many friends that Muniz photographed. Over 45 years later, most of the people in the photographs are still living in Rio.
Using Muniz’ photographs, Peter developed a series of exhibitions and also a book (co-authored with Mauricio Lissovsky) called The Last Hour of Summer: The Lost Photos of Ipanema, which is forthcoming from Brazil’s Casa de Palavra press. With the support of the Guggenheim fellowship, he will be able to finish the documentary film that these photographs also inspired.
As Peter explained in a recent article for CLACS, the film will combine several narratives, using Muniz’s found photos as a point of departure to examine the cultural and historical moment of Ipanema on the threshold of the military coup in 1964.
“Using the entire archive for the film, we will then interview other people who will speak on the political nature of these images. The photos were largely taken in the years just before the military coup in Brazil in 1964. Brazilians sometimes refer to this time as the “last hour.” As documents of this last moment before the dictatorship, the photographs evoke innocence, beauty, hope, naiveté, wonder, and youth. The photos also represent the last hour of the classic black and white snapshot before the widespread introduction of Kodacolor film in 1964. Photographic historians and photographers will then be interviewed to speak about the images from the perspective of personal photography.
Spiraling further out, the fourth story involves the cultural history of Ipanema in the early 1960s. While these photos were being taken, Tom Jobim was writing his most famous songs a few blocks away and in 1964, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto would win the Grammy and introduce Bossa Nova to the world. As Americans discovered Ipanema, the first surfers from California arrived in Brazil in 1964 and they began to surf the waves at Arpoador, the first beach at Ipanema. And the final story is how these photos also documented this threshold moment when Brazilian women begin to change in so many ways. Their style, their beauty, and the way they walked the beach would forever captivate the world.”
To see images from The Last Hour of Summer and Peter’s other photographic essays, check out his website: http://peterlucas.net/
The Barnard Center for Research on Women invites you to attend:
a panel with Kristine Harris, Elizabeth Otto, Vanessa Rocco, and Clare Rogan
moderated by Linda Nochlin
Monday, 3/28, 6:30 pm
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall
3009 Broadway (at 117th Street)
New York, NY
During the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth, a range of iconic female forms emerged to dominate the global pictorial landscape. Female athletes and adventurers, chorine stars, flappers, garçonnes, Modern Girls, neue Frauen, suffragettes, and trampky were all facets of the dazzling and urbane New Woman who came to epitomize modern femininity in photographs and on film. This construct existed as a set of abstract ideals, even as it varied when translated across national contexts and through a range of key historical moments including First Wave feminism, colonialism, the First and Second World Wars, political revolutions, and the rise of modernism.
This panel, moderated by art historian Linda Nochlin, will examine the nuances of visual representations of this transgressive and border-crossing figure from her inception in the later nineteenth century to her full development in the interwar period and beyond.
Kristine Harris is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Asian Studies Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz and recently was a Visiting Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.
Linda Nochlin, moderator, is Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Elizabeth Otto, assistant professor in the Department of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, is an art historian who focuses on issues of gender, visuality, and media culture in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially in Germany and France.
Vanessa Rocco is an adjunct assistant professor in the History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute.
Clare I. Rogan is Curator of the Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University, where she also teaches courses on history of photography, the history of prints, and museum studies.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Barnard Center for Research on Women at (212) 854-2067 or visit our website, www.barnard.edu/bcrw.
As many of you head off to warmer climes for Spring Break, those of us left in the city will just have to make due with these pics of sandy relaxation:
Atlantic City Beach circa 1905
Photo by William M. Vander Weyde, George Eastman House Collection
Constitution Beach – Within Sight and Sound of Logan Airport’s Takeoff Runway 22R (1973)
Photo by Michael Philip Manheim, U.S. National Archive Collection
Barbados Flip 1955
The National Archives UK Collection