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Jackie Robinson’s 100th Birthday exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

Posted by: on February 3, 2019

Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson on what would have been his 100th Birthday!
Photos copyright Ruth Orkin

Honoring the birth of a legend.

https://www.mcny.org/exhibition/dugout-jackie-robinson

In 1947 Jackie Robinson made history when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American in Major League Baseball. In honor of the centennial of Robinson’s birth, In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson features some 30 images of Robinson and the Dodgers taken for Look magazine. Along with these stunning black-and-white images from the Museum’s collection, many never before seen, the exhibition features memorabilia and rare footage of the Robinson family, as well as the published magazines, which provide a window into the media’s portrayal of this groundbreaking figure through the lens of the day’s popular picture press.


This exhibition is a co-presentation of the Museum of the City of New York and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

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She Persists exhibition at Gracie Mansion, NYC

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Ruth Orkin’s photograph “Mother and Daughter at Penn Station, NYC, 1947” is included in this new exhibition at Gracie Mansion.

NYTIMES.COM
Chirlane McCray sets a populist tone with an exhibition of female artists, long underrepresented at Gracie Mansion.

Mother and daughter at Penn Station, NYC, 1948

NYTIMES.COM
Chirlane McCray sets a populist tone with an exhibition of female artists, long underrepresented at Gracie Mansion.

The occasion is “She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York,” an installation of works by 44 artists and collectives in the public spaces of Gracie Mansion. The show is the largest one to be mounted there and the first to focus exclusively on female and women-identified creators, all of whom have significant connections to New York City. Some are young — like Jordan Casteel, born in 1989, and Kaveri Raina, born in 1990; three are centenarians — Toko Shinoda, born in 1913, Carmen Herrera, born in 1915, and Florence Knoll, born in 1917; and many are no longer living. The subtitle refers to the period from 1919, the year the 19th Amendment, which gave American women the right to vote, was sent to the states for ratification, to today.

“This exhibit is really important at this time, given the #MeToo movement, the centennial anniversary of the suffrage movement, the historic number of women running for office,” the city’s first lady, Chirlane McCray, said in an interview at the Mansion. “And of course, the personal is the political. What I believe is being exercised in my home as well as out there in the world.”

(excerpt from NY Times review)

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In memory of Carol Channing

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In memory of the incredible Carol Channing, most memorable in the classic “Hello Dolly”.
Copyright Ruth Orkin

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Great Performances on PBS

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it was great to attend this wonderful concert back in August. Don’t miss it tonight at 9pm! Includes five of Ruth’s photos of Bernstein from the late 1940’s at Tanglewood.

Don’t miss the Great Performances l PBS broadcast of the Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood Music Festival, featuring a historic gala concert of Leonard Bernstein works and performances from Boston Symphony OrchestraAndris NelsonsMichael Tilson ThomasThomas HampsonAudra McDonaldNadine SierraYo-Yo MaKian Soltani – Cellist, and much more!

Program airs tonight, 12/28, at 9pm 8c: https://to.pbs.org/2PFVchf

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Two Ruth Orkin photos in Brooklyn Museum Exhibition

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Two of Ruth’s photographs included in this exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection

August 23, 2018–March 31, 2019

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor

Featuring more than 100 works from our collection, Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection explores a wide range of art-making, focusing on enduring political subjects—encompassing gender, race, and class—that remain relevant today. The exhibition’s intersectional feminist framework highlights artworks, in a plurality of voices, that aim to rally support or motivate action on behalf of a cause, or to combat stereotypes and dominant narratives. (This exhibition contains sexually explicit content. Viewer discretion is advised.)

Half the Picture draws its title from a 1989 Guerrilla Girls poster that declares, “You’re seeing less than half the picture without the vision of women artists and artists of color.” Spanning almost one hundred years, the exhibition focuses on historical and contemporary work by more than fifty artists who combine message and medium to engage with political and social issues. Often radical and inspiring, these artists advocate for their communities, their beliefs, and their hopes for equality amid popular or state-supported opposition.

The exhibition showcases pointed artworks by Vito Acconci, Beverly Buchanan, Sue Coe, Renee Cox, Nona Faustine, Harmony Hammond, the Guerrilla Girls, Käthe Kollwitz, An-My Lê, Yolanda López, Park McArthur, Zanele Muholi, Philip Pearlstein, Wendy Red Star, Joan Semmel, Dread Scott, Nancy Spero, Betty Tompkins, Andy Warhol, the Artists’ Poster Committee of Art Workers Coalition, and Taller de Gráfica Popular, among many others.

Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection is organized by Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, and Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

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Leonard Bernstein Centennial – August 25, 2018

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Mary Engel-August 25, 2018

I am honored to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centennial today by posting a mini-portfolio of my mom Ruth Orkin’s photographs from Tanglewood and Lewisohn Stadium in the late 40’s!

I’ve included a short memory from when he spoke at her memorial in 1985, which is included on the Leonard Bernstein website. So thrilled to be attending the celebration and special concert tonight at Tanglewood!!!

www.LeonardBernstein.com/at100 – Memory Project

When Lenny spoke at my mom’s memorial
My mom, the photographer Ruth Orkin, knew Bernstein from one of her earliest assignments when she was hired to take a photo of him with the New York City Symphony. She really got to know him when she went up to Tanglewood and shot the rehearsals all summer. They became friends, and before she passed away in 1985, he offered to write the text for a book of all the photos. After she died, I asked if he would speak at her memorial, and he accepted. It all came together beautifully.

He was attending opening night of the Metropolitan Opera with Franco Zeffirelli, and the memorial was at the Ethical Culture Society a block away. He seemed to slip in with his tux and tails and caused quite a stir when people recognized him. I spoke briefly, and then introduced him. He made some personal remarks about her, and also said a few words in Hebrew. It was short, but very meaningful, and I will be forever grateful and she would have loved it. To top it off, Isaac Stern also spoke and played some Bach for Ruth.

Mary Engel, New York, NY, United States

All photographs Copyright Ruth Orkin.

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Ruth Orkin photo in Howard Greenberg Gallery group show

Posted by: on February 3, 2019

Wonderful showHoward Greenberg Gallery. Staff Picks Vll, runs through August 30. Summer hours M-F, 10-5pm. Includes one photograph by Ruth Orkin, “Two little boys on the sidewalk, summer, NYC, 1947” in Morgan Beckwith selection.

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Ninalee Craig obituary in the Economist

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The star of one of the 20th century’s most famous and controversial images was 90
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Ninalee Craig obituary in the Washington Post

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The 1951 image became a rallying cry against sexual harassment, but Mrs. Craig said it was “a symbol of a woman having an absolutely wonderful time.”
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Ninalee Craig Obituary in The New York Times

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Ms. Craig reveled in her starring role in Ruth Orkin’s “American Girl in Italy” and said she wasn’t the least bit offended by the men ogling her.
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