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Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art Exhibition

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The Best of the Big Apple
The special relationship between the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) and New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) continues with the Picturing New York: Photographs from the Museum of Modern Art exhibition. This wonderful selection from MOMA's huge photography archive, which has appeared in Spain, Italy and Ireland, opens in Perth on Australia Day.

Picturing New York
A steelworker high above New York in 1930 (public domain image)

Picturing New York uses 150 photographs by 90 photographers to illustrate the growth and changes in the city from the 1880's to the present day. Yet as famous as the skyline is, the story is not just the city but also the people and they too are depicted in all their contrasts from socialites to Skid Row dwellers.

Some of the photographers are world famous: Diane Arbus, Alfred Stieglitz and Henri Cartier-Bresson to name just a few. Others are little known or anonymous, but all capture moments in time and place that exemplify the "...grit and glamour of one of the world's greatest urban centres".

Picturing New York
The airship USS Akron over New York 1931 (public domain image)

AGWA Nights
From 1 February the Picturing New York exhibition is open on Friday evenings for a special series of AGWA Nights events. Take a guided tour, listen to a talk or a history presentation and then chill in the Manhattan Lounge enjoying music and a pop-up bar.

Picturing New York
The Empire State Building today (photo by Gigi Alt, Wikimedia Commons)

The Picturing New York exhibition opens on 26 January and tickets are available from Ticketek.
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Why? to enjoy an empire state of mind
When: 26 January to 12 May (closed Tuesdays)
Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre
Cost: $19 adults, $16 concession, $7 under 12, various group tickets available
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