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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Hunt's Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950 at the International Center of Photography

© E. J. Kelty (American, 1888–1967), Century Photographers, Hunt’s Three Ring Circus, Northport, Long Island, New York, June 26, 1931 / Courtesy of W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate, New York and the International Center of Photography

 

The International Center of Photography, in collaboration with W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate and the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, presents Hunt's Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950. The exhibition features more than 100 photographs and video from a private collection of unusual vintage images of American crowds, rallies, assemblies, teams, organizations, fraternities, unions, clubs, tribes, conventions, and alliances, all made before 1950.  It will be on view until January 8th, 2016.

4.GROUPS-Press-Dept,-Bell-Telephone-Exhibit,-World's-Fair,-1939

Image above: Unidentified Photographer, The Press Department, Bell Telephone Department, New York World's Fair, 1939 / Courtesy of W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate, New York and the International Center of Photography

This colorful, touching, and often humorous look at American cultural and social history is not, as scholar Alison Nordström writes, "an objective survey of a genre but a subjective and personally chosen collection of found photographs, each of which departs in some delightful way from the typical."

7.GROUPS-Poeszler,-Baseball-Teams,-1912

Image above: Unidentified Photographer, Poeszler Studio Baseball Teams, 1912 / Courtesy of W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate, New York and the International Center of Photography

"As ICP prepares for our move to the Bowery, we're collaborating with other organizations to continue to present exhibitions before our new space is open. We're pleased to be partnering with the W. M. Hunt Collection and the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery to feature this uniquely American work," said Mark Lubell, ICP's executive director.

6.GROUPS-Unk-Press-Buy-V-Bonds,-1940's

Image above: Unidentified Photographer Buy V Bonds, 1940s / Courtesy of W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate, New York and the International Center of Photography

Hunt's Three Ring Circus: American Groups Before 1950 is organized by ICP and W. M. Hunt, a collector and curator based in New York. It is sponsored by the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, in partnership with Jones Lang LaSalle, as a community-based public service.

3.GROUPS-Unknown,-Ramona-Rebekah-Lodge,-1890

Image above: Unidentified Photographer, Ramona, Rebekah Lodge, No. 83, I. O.O.F., late 19th–early 20th century / Courtesy of W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate, New York and the International Center of Photography

Highlights from this collection were on view at Foto/Industria in Bologna in 2013 and Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles in 2014, after debuting at the Houston Center for Photography in 2012. Dancing Bear Press has published a limited-edition book of selected works from the collection of W. M. Hunt.

Hunt is also the author of The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious, published in the U.S. by Aperture and the UK by Thames & Hudson, and in France as L'Oeil Invisible by Actes Sud in conjunction with exhibitions at Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles; the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne; FOAM in Amsterdam; George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, in Rochester, New York, as well as Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida.

5.GROUPS-Mole-&-Thomas,-“The-Human-Liberty-Bell,-27,000-Officers-&-Men-at-Camp-Dix”,-1918

© Mole & Thomas, Arthur Mole (American, born England, 1889–1983), John D. Thomas (American, died 1947), The Human Liberty Bell, 25,000 Officers & Men, at Camp Dix, New Jersey, General Hugh L. Scott, CMDR, 1918 / Courtesy of W. M. Hunt / Collection Blind Pirate, New York and the International Center of Photography

Women Pioneers Mexican Photography I at Throckmorton Fine Art

Bettina WitteVeen at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital Building