Stan Douglas ~ Dancer I, 1950
Music Visualizations, Synchoric Orchestra dancing Schubert’s…
…..Unfinished Symphony, first performed in 1919 at Shawn’s Grand Ave., Los Angeles studio. (Later done in 1931 at Lewisohn Stadium, with children.). Kales, Arthur — Photographer. 1919.
1968. rare color portraits of the 24-year-old rocker/poet Jim Morrison, plus a few previously unpublished shots of the Doors playing New York’s famed Fillmore East.
(Photos: Yale Joel—TIME & LIFE Pictures/Getty Images)
Danny Lyon published his series The Bikeriders in 1968. The book contains photographs and personal interviews collected by Lyon during his time spent with the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club from 1963 to 1967.
In the introduction to the book Lyon writes, “The material in this book was collected between 1963 and 1967 in an attempt to record and glorify the life of the American bikerider. It is a personal record, dealing mostly with bikeriders whom I know and care for. If anything has guided this work beyond the facts of the worlds presented it is what I have come to believe is the spirit of the bikeriders: the spirit of the hand that twists open the throttle on the crackling engines of big bikes and rides them on racetracks or through traffic or, on occasion, into oblivion.”
Lyon’s work was influential in terms of his approach to photojournalism while also focusing attention to the growing interest in American bike culture.
[photos from 1939]
Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954; born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter, born in Coyoacán, and is perhaps best known for her self-portraits.
Kahlo’s life began and ended in Mexico City, in her home known as the Blue House. She gave her birth date as July 7, 1910, but her birth certificate shows July 6, 1907. Kahlo had allegedly wanted the year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of theMexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico. At the age of six, Frida developed polio, which caused her right leg to appear much thinner than the other. It was to remain that way permanently. Her work has been celebrated in Mexico as emblematic of national and indigenous tradition, and by feminists for its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Mexican culture and Amerindian cultural tradition are important in her work, which has been sometimes characterized as Naïve art or folk art. Her work has also been described as “surrealist”, and in 1938 André Breton, principal initiator of the surrealist movement, described Kahlo’s art as a “ribbon around a bomb”.
Kahlo had a volatile marriage with the famous Mexican artist Diego Rivera. She suffered lifelong health problems, many of which derived from a traffic accident she experienced as a teenager. These issues are represented in her works, many of which are self-portraits of one sort or another. Kahlo suggested, “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” She also stated, “I was born a bitch. I was born a painter.”