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Bill Cunningham New York | Film by Richard Press

Tonight’s the night! I’m an avid reader (and watcher) of On the Street, who isn’t? So I’m looking forward to catching the documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, at Film Forum tonight. Playing through Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

(from zeitgeist films)
“We all get dressed for Bill,” says Vogue editrix Anna Wintour. The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.

Film Website

NPR Review: Bill Cunningham: A Humble New York Skirt-Chaser

NYT Review: Capturing a ‘Look at Me’ Milieu With Impish Modesty

koons: big art, big ideas

koons hanging heart

The entire evening was depressing and I never understood how Koons work was educating the public. Vogel asked hard hitting questions like, “and what was that made of…” before advancing the slide presentation.

The best part of the “discussion” came during the Q&A when a guy asked: “Regarding prices, is there some level of absurdity that’s going on with your staff of eighty and your ready made housed in a private collection like a treasury note?” Art as treasury note. Damn, this guy was good. In his quick query he touched on a more interesting topic then Vogel or Koons covered in the hour.