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My Historical Archives Part II: FDR to National Park Service Resource Center

July 8, 2016 1 comment

Over a five-year period, I made thousands of photographs of sculptor Neil Estern creating the full-round statues of President Roosevelt, Eleanor and their dog Fala for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Park in Washington, DC. Dozens of the images were reproduced in the book Shaping A President: Sculpting for the Roosevelt Memorial, written by Kelli Peduzzi; and a large group of black & white darkroom prints and color photographs appeared in solo and group exhibits across the United States. (Many of these images are on my website.)

I followed Estern working on this historic project as he sculpted the tiny maquettes and larger scale models in clay in his Brooklyn studio, enlarged them in clay at Tallix Art Foundry in Beacon, NY, and supervised the many phases of bronze casting.   At each stage of creation, I was struck by the forceful personae emerging out of inert substances. Neil’s concentration was total. The figures, even in armature form, seemed to interact with him and appreciate his perfectionism.

I felt like a fly on the wall. I endeavored to illustrate the unfolding emotional relationship between the sculptor’s artistic intensity and the complex personalities of the President and First Lady emerging from armature and clay.

The Memorial Park was inaugurated in May 1997.

Last summer, I contacted various government archives to find a home for my archives. I was thrilled when they were accepted by the National Park Service. Their offices and storage facilities are located in Washington, CD and Maryland, where objects related to the monuments on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in this area of the country are preserved.  Here are the materials in my studio before I packed them up:

I still retain the copyright, however, and sets of exhibition prints.  My husband and I drove to Maryland earlier this year to deliver them to Curator Laura Anderson.

Archive Bldg

Me with Laura

The next day we were given a tour of the facility by Tom Sonderman, Director of the NCR Museum Resource Center,. It was fascinating.  Along with historical documents, there were objects left at the Vietnam Memorial by visitors, furniture from historic homes and all sorts of interesting ephemera.

I am honored that these historic materials – negatives, slides, darkroom notes, work prints, shooting diary, etc. are now part of this wonderful archive, where they are available to the public for research and exhibitions.  2017 will be the 20th anniversary of the monument park and there is talk of an exhibit.  Meanwhile, I am on to new projects!

iPhone in the Snow

February 7, 2014 2 comments

We have had a snowy winter here in NYC.  It was messy underfoot on Monday, but beautiful above, so I took out my iPhone and began to capture what I saw:

Broadway and 95th Street

Broadway and 95th Street

On the way to the subway.

On the way to the subway.

Subway entrance on Broadway and 96th Street.

Subway entrance on Broadway and 96th Street.

View from The Ground Floor Pilates studio.

View from The Ground Floor Pilates studio.

Later, outside of CVS at 96th and Amsterdam Ave.

Later, outside of CVS at 96th and Amsterdam Ave.

“A Woman’s World” Photography Exhibit opening March 3 in NYC

February 23, 2011 2 comments

This should be a terrific show.  In celebration of Women’s History Month, Macy’s has generously donated the 8th floor walls, across from Au Bon Pain, to display photographs recognizing the strengths of women by celebrating their advancement outside of the home, and honoring the importance of their work within it.  The exhibition will feature work by members of Professional Women Photographers, an international organization based in New York.  The exhibit was juried by photographer Karen Marshall – there were many,  many entries – and I am honored that my portrait of Choreographer Isabel Gotzkowsky was included.

Portrait of Choreographer Isabel Gotzkowsky

I took this portrait of Isabel a few years ago during a rehearsal at Dance Theater Workshop as she created new works for Isabel Gotzkowsky & Friends, her dynamic small dance company here in New York.  Isabel has always liked this photograph because “it was the last time I looked relaxed until after the week of performances was over!”  The image was part of my solo show in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, called Becoming Dance: Images of a Process.

The exhibit will be on the 8th floor of Macy’s at Broadway & 34th Street from March 2-23.  The opening will be next Thursday, March 3rd, from 6-8pm.  A talented group of photographers will be represented in a large variety of work and I hope you can join us.

For those of you who love modern dance, Isabel’s next season will be June 9-12, 2011 at Dance New Amsterdam.

It is REALLY Spring!!

April 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Seeing is believing….