Through the end of August, those with work at Spring Studios should factor in some extra time to check out a Life magazine exhibition.
Fashion and historic images from three of Life magazine’s four original photographers — Margaret Bourke-White, Alfred Eisenstaedt and Peter Stackpole — are on display at TheGallery@Spring. The work of Gordon Parks, Nina Leen and Gjon Mili is also on view. Audrey Hepburn, Eartha Kitt, Gloria Vanderbilt, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy are among the better-known subjects that grace the walls. They are hard to miss, given that many of the images were produced by Duggal Visual Solutions from the original negatives and are as large as 90 x 70 inches.
Spring Studios will open its doors at 6 St. Johns Lane to the public July 22 to 24 and July 29 to 31 so that visitors can see the exhibition. While the evening gloves and a cocktail hat worn by a woman in a 1953 Leen photograph are far from routine, the sense of New York City’s enduring love of style has resonated with many who have seen the Life exhibition, said Spring Studios’ general manager Jim Franzen.
The buildings and the landscape seen in some of the photographs haven’t changed drastically. At an opening for clients and guests, a number of attendees were chattering about the importance fashion plays in the day-to-day life of New York City, in that it is engrained in how so many different people choose to dress, Franzen said. They also liked the glimpse of years past, including Eisenstaedt’s “V.J. Day” photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, Bill Ray’s 1962 snap of Monroe at Madison Square Garden when she famously sang “Happy Birthday” for President John F. Kennedy’s 45th and Bourke-White’s 1951 image of tourists looking out at New York Harbor from the Statue of Liberty’s crown. Eleonora Flammini, director of Silverlake Photography, teamed with Sirvent to curate the exhibition, which runs through August 30.
Time Inc.’s photo archive also pitched in — 80 years after Henry Luce shelled out $92,000 for the Life name for Time Inc. Some of the prints will be auctioned at a private event to benefit Art Start, a local charity that uses art and artists to help at-risk youths.