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Hear the Haunting Voice of Diane Arbus

Posted by on December 13, 2011 | Contests/Events, Education, Media

Widely recognized as one of the most iconic artists of the twentieth century, Diane Arbus’s photographs are known to all, yet hardly anyone has ever heard her voice. To mark the fortieth anniversary of Arbus’s passing in 1971, her long-time publisher Aperture presents a rare and exclusive opportunity to hear directly from the artist.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, December 15, Aperture and the School of Visual Arts will present a free rescreening of A Slide Show and Talk by Diane Arbus and the 1985 film Who is Marvin Israel? at the SVA Theatuer, 333 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). The premiere screening, held earlier this fall, packed the auditorium while a long line of viewers remained waiting outside.

The Arbus piece is an original audio recording of a 1970 slide presentation in which the photographer speaks about her own photographs and those of others, refrencing snapshots and clippings from her collection. Compiled and edited by Neil Selkirk, Doon Arbus and Adam Shott, this is the only extant recording of Arbus and one in which she eloquently discusses her work and her motivations.

The short documentary Who is Marvin Israel?, directed by Neil Selkirk, traces the life and work of the enigmatic artist, designer, art director, and teacher Israel (1924-1984), whose influence on Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon and Lee Friedlander, among others, is explored in the words of those who knew him.

This presentation coincides with the highly anticipated release of Diane Arbus: A Chronology as well as the reissue of the universally acknowledged classic, Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph and Untitled: Diane Arbus. Follow the screenings, books will be available for sale during a reception in the theater lobby.