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Finding Berenice Abbott

Join us for a talk Thursday, March 16

Finding Berenice Abbott: A Private Lesbian Life

by Julia Van Haaften, author of the biography of American photographer, Berenice Abbott, forthcoming in 2018 from W. W. Norton.

Berenice Abbott, 6:30-8pm Thursday, March 16
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street
New York, New York 10013

Tickets available, free!

Berenice Abbott, best known for her dynamic 1930s streetscapes of Changing New York, worked as darkroom assistant for American photographer Man Ray in 1920s Paris, and photographed several iconic expatriate women writers of the period, including Janet Flanner and Djuna Barnes. In this illustrated talk, Julia Van Haaften, former curator of the New York Public Library’s Department of Photography, will discuss Abbott’s feminism, reticent lesbianism, and her difficulty, as a “self-taught risk taker,” maintaining a career in photography.

Co-sponsored by the Robert Giard Foundation and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Photo: Berenice Abbott, "Distorter" Self-Portrait, Made with Abbott's darkroom invention. New York 1948. © Estate of Berenice Abbott / Commerce Graphics Ltd, Inc., used with permission.