In light of the Village Voice’s closing on August 31st, Howl! Arts is having a special 3-day exhibition titled “A McPhoto Family: Photography from the Village Voice” opening Friday, October 5th. Spotlighting the contributions of the legendary Voice photographer/picture editor Fred W. McDarrah and more than 40 photographers he supported, the show is a timely look at 60 years of New York cultural and social history. There will be a special closing party with the photographers on Sunday, October 7th from 4–6 PM. Please join us!
SKG artist Fred W. McDarrah is included in the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done. The exhibition traces the history of the the theater through live performance, film, photography, sculpture, musical scores, poetry, and archival materials from artists such as LeRoi Jones, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and many others. Opening September 16, 2018.
Photographs by SKG artists Charles Moore and Fred W. McDarrah are on view now at the Princeton University Art Museum. Picturing Protest will be on view through October 14.
Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to exhibit at The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, the longest-running fair dedicated to photography.
Images by Fred McDarrah are on display in the exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the Sixties, at the New York Public Library's Gottesman Hall through September 1.
The New York Times features a photograph by Fred McDarrah in a article about Donald Trump.
The New York Times features one of Fred McDarrah's photographs in a article about the seating chart at New York Fashion Week.
"Portrait of American Pop artist Edward Ruscha as he poses with several of his 'Gunpowder Ribbon Drawings', New York, NY, December 9, 1967" is on display in the exhibition "Ed Ruscha: Ribbon Words".
When Timothy McDarrah was a child, his father would park him for the evening with a silver-haired man named Andy at a downtown place called the Factory while he went out to photograph the Bohemians flocking to Greenwich Village. Tim’s father, Fred, was the photographer and photo editor for the Village Voice for half a century, and from the 1950s to the ’70s, when the Village was the center of intellectual and artistic ferment, the Voice was its chronicle. Now McDarrah, with his brother Patrick and their mother, Gloria, is battling to preserve some of the neighborhood’s old magic with his Save the Village walking tours of key places in its social history, even as many of those landmarks fall to gentrification and New York University’s expansion.
In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.
The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment explores the vibrant and liberating decade between the Stonewall Riots from 1969 until 1980, just before we heard the first rumblings of the AIDS crisis emerging, changing the nature of sexual relationships to the present day.
Fred W. McDarrah's photographs are featured in Philharmonie de Paris' exhibition "The Velvet Underground New York Extravaganza," an immersive, impressionistic and multimedia exhibition told by the eye-witnesses and contributors of the time. On view March 30 – August 21, 2016.
The Centre Pompidou is to present Beat Generation, a novel retrospective dedicated to the literary and artistic movement born in the late 1940s that would exert an ever-growing influence for the next two decades, featuring photographs by Robert Frank, John Cohen, and Fred W. McDarrah. bit.ly/1Um2N3i
Fred W. McDarrah’s highway protest photographs are on view in "In the Shadow of the Highway: Robert Moses’ Expressway and the Battle for Downtown” at the NYC Municipal Archives, 31 Chamber Street, through January 29th. This free exhibit focuses on activists who stopped Robert Moses’ proposed Lower Manhattan Expressway from destroying downtown Manhattan, and on the ongoing impact of development and gentrification on the Lower East Side. http://on.nyc.gov/1GbSk33
Photos by Fred W. McDarrah are on view in “Give Peace Another Chance! : Warhol in New York” at ONO Arte Contemporanea in Bologna, Italy. The exhibition portrays the crucial role Andy Warhol played for New York City and its rapid evolution of pop culture. On view December 12, 2015- January 10th, 2016. http://bit.ly/1VJi796
Last year, Steven Kasher Gallery exhibited the photography of Fred W. McDarrah, who documented the changing scene of Greenwich Village since the 1960s. The spirit of that show has taken the form of this walking tour, which includes stops at the places McDarrah captured on film including locales like Washington Square Park and the Stonewall Inn. For more information on the tour, please visit http://savethevillagetours.com. To view the New York Times, article click on this link: http://nyti.ms/1JxnENP
This exhibition features photographs of prominent Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century artists from the Albright-Knox Collection including Fred W. McDarrah, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hollis Frampton, Marcel Duchamp and Jasper Jones. Taken by fellow artists, these portraits were created over a span of more than seventy years and capture artistic figures that define the modern and contemporary art world. Artist to Artist opens at Albright- Knox Art Gallery on July 11, 2015 andis on view through November 8, 2015. http://bit.ly/1EHeTID
The photographs of Fred W. McDarrah will be featured in seven different exhibitions this summer, both nationally and internationally.
Fren W. McDarrah is featured in Warhol Underground which highlights the influence of the music scene and avant-garde choreography in the work of Andy Warhol. It also discusses the microcosm of the "factory", which was open for artist residencies at a time when Warhol discovered, with ever renewed curiosity, the underground music scene and tried to produce " Superstars ". The exhibition opens at the Centre Pompidou-Metz on July 1, 2015. http://centrepompidou-metz.fr/warhol-underground
Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 – 1971, featuring never before seen photos by Fred W. McDarrah opens on May 17 at the Museum of Modern Art.
Our exhibitions Jerome Liebling: Brooklyn and Other Boroughs and Fred W. McDarrah: The Artist's World were reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, NY 1 News, Time Lightbox, and The New Yorker. To view the full articles, click the link below or visit our press page.
Milan Triennale is featuring rarely seen Fred W. McDarrah photos on the show theme of Artists and Food. The exhibition opens on April 9, 2015 at the Triennale Design Museum.
MSNBC features a selection of Fred W. McDarrah's photographs in a slideshow commemorating World Poetry Day.
The New York Times previewed our exhibition Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village in Sunday's Metropolitan section. The article, titled "Capturing the New York of the 1960s and '70s", by John Leland, praises McDarrah's rigorous documenting of the cultural movements, icons, and events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.
The exhibition — on view from Sunday, November 11, through October 3, 2019 —leads with the trio of recent acquisitions, which includes a series of 27 iconic artist portraits by photographer Fred W. McDarrah, paired with examples of works by the artists pictured. The legacy of the East End dominates a portion of the series, with Norman Bluhm at work in his studio and the familiar faces of Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert otherwell, all of whom live on in the Parrish permanent collection.
The Parrish Museum's recent acquisitions of Fred W. McDarrah's photographs are on view in a new exhibition in Water Mill, NY. Indy East End writes, "The mostly candid photographs show artists at storied New York gathering places, at exhibition openings, and in their studios as well as well as on the East End, where McDarrah and many of his subjects lived and worked. Dating from 1959 to 1979, the images depict artists who contributed to the rich creative legacy of this area including Norman Bluhm, James Brooks, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, and Robert Motherwell, all of whom are represented in the Parrish permanent collection."
Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes was reviewed by Riot Material's Phoebe Hoban. Hoban writes, "McDarrah’s photographs, shot in a spontaneous cinema verite style, dramatically capture the icons of the moment: the AbEx painters and Beat poets and writers of the 1950s, the Pop artists and folk singers of the 1960s, the activists and politicians of the 1960s and 70s: a virtual who’s who of visual, literary and sociopolitical giants... The old adage, one picture is worth a thousand words, scarcely does justice to McDarrah’s classic work, a panoply of historically-loaded imagery."
Fred W. McDarrah’s iconic photos are being republished in a new book titled "Pride: Photographs after Stonewall." Almost 25 years after the first edition was published, the new book will release in May 2019, just a month before the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. The book features several photos that weren’t published in the first iteration of the book, and a new foreword by New Yorker critic Hilton Als, along with essays by Allen Ginsberg and Jill Johnston.
Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes is featured in AnOther Magazine. Writer Miss Rosen sits down with Fred's son Tim, to discuss the golden age of Greenwich Village and the Village Voice. She writes, "McDarrah’s New York is a comet casting through space, a fiery mass of humanity in the final decades of the second millennia. Whether documenting Carolee Scheneemann’s first performance of Interior Scroll or shooting firefighters rushing into a townhouse after the Weathermen accidentally set off a bomb, McDarrah was on the scene with camera in hand, ready to capture it all."
Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes was written up in The Gothamist's Arts & Culture section. "For decades, Fred W. McDarrah was the only staff photographer at The Village Voice (RIP), a job he took on after working in ad sales at the paper. He captured New York City in an era that brought us Bob Dylan, the Stonewall riots, the Beats and bohemians. His images capture the energy of the most vibrant decades of the greatest city in the world."
Fred W. McDarrah's photographs are featured in The New York Times in a piece titled "Seven Ways the Village Voice Made New York A Better Place." Reporter John Leland discusses the newspaper's efforts to create social change in New York, including vanquishing Tammany Hall, exposing corrupt politicians and landlords, giving a platform to feminists, and covering racial violence.
Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes is featured in GQ Italia. The feature includes selections from the exhibition and hones in on McDarrah's influence on New York's arts and culture scene. "The fact remains that since the mid-fifties, in the city in which he had taken the first steps, McDarrah has told every artistic, political and cultural ferment. Become a photographer of the Village Voice, has immortalized, among others, the beginnings of Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg.
Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes is featured in Daily Mail online. The piece, titled "Beatniks, bohemians and Bob Dylan" discusses McDarrah's "fun-loving, yet candid" images of New York that span the 1950s to 1970s. "McDarrah's photos were the graphic expression of the Village Voice. He covered Gotham's diverse downtown scenes where he frequented galleries, cafes, bars and bookstores where artists and musicians often gathered." Nearly 100 of these scenes are featured in the exhibition, on view until November 3.
Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes is featured in The Eye of Photography. Along with this 1964 image of Andy Warhol at the opening of his exhibition "The Personality of the Artist," the article includes several selections from the show. The exhibition includes McDarrah’s most iconic images alongside never-before-seen work from his extensive archive that span the late 1950s to the mid-1970s. On view until November 3.
After shuttering its doors last week, The Village Voice is featured in the New York Times. "[It] isn’t just about the end of a newspaper. To some of us at least, it’s about the end of New York as a cultural and political center, as the place that the world turned to for art, for music, for leadership in new and uncomfortable ideas, often perceived by the mainstream to be dangerous or weird. Fred McDarrah liked to affectionately call it “the commie, hippie, pinko rag.”
The New York Times’ Dwight Garner gives a glowing review to “Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes,” a new publication accompanying McDarrah’s upcoming exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery. Garner writes, “It’s a book like few others. McDarrah had an inflamed curiosity, great feelers and an ability to capture liquid moments. He was in the right place at the right time, for sure, and caught a subculture in situ. He also had hustle.”
Blouin Artinfo features "Picturing Protest," an exhibition featuring photographs by SKG artist Fred W. McDarrah. The show will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum and runs through October 14.
Fred W. McDarrah's photograph is included in the New York Times' obituary for LGBT rights activist Dick Leitsch.
Robert Baker of the Village Voice discusses SKG artist Fred McDarrah's impact on the publication and how he helped define the East Village with his documentation of the visionaries who lived there.
Fred McDarrah's estate has partnered with Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. McDarrah photographed this cultural epicenter for the Village Voice and a selection of these works are available through the society.
SKG aritst and formed Village Voice photographer, Fred McDarrah's prints are available for purchase to benefit the The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.