Capturing Times Square

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Alternately fabulous and filthy, celebrated and reviled, Times Square has evoked strong reactions from New Yorkers and visitors to the city alike for well over a century, ever since an IRT subway station opened in 1904 at the famed intersection of 42nd Street, Seventh Avenue and Broadway. Join us for a conversation with artist Jane Dickson and scholar Lynne Sagalyn about what it means to capture the many lives of Times Square, one of New York’s most iconic, mutable, and perplexing places. The author, architect, and filmmaker James Sanders will moderate.

In very different ways, both Dickson and Sagalyn have made Times Square a central focus of their work, Dickson through painting and photography and Sagalyn though historical research and analysis, including her most recent book, Times Square Remade: The Dynamics of Urban Change (2023). Each has developed complex, nuanced portraits of a world-renowned but stubbornly local place that is both real and heavily mythologized: at once a commercial hub, a tourist destination, an entertainment district, a neighborhood, and a perennial subject of fascination for artists, filmmakers, and others for over a century.

Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s Centennial exhibition, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture, and is also part of our Capturing the Changing City series, in which artists, writers, historians, and others discuss how they interpret New York — through the lens, on the page, on canvas, on screen, and beyond.

Capturing Times Square

Starts at: 2023-12-02 19:00:00
Ends at:
Museum of the City of New York

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