An American in Paris: John Alton vs. Alfred Gilks


    The day after the Nov. 11, 1951, release of the soon-to-be landmark musical An American in Paris, the ASC Board of Governors met at its Clubhouse in Hollywood. One item that came up for discussion centered on the movie’s cinematography credits, and this soon erupted into a firestorm of recrimination that quite possibly led to lauded cinematographer John Alton’s second resignation from the ASC.

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    The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection at the Getty

    Edward Weston's Bananas

    On the evening of March 14, the spacious rotunda of the Getty Museum was overflowing with more than 900 guests who had turned out for the opening of the Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective The Perfect Medium. Barely noticed at the back of the galleries was the other exhibition opening that evening: almost 150 images from the Sam Wagstaff Collection, the vibrant heart of the Getty’s photographic collection.

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    Nina Simone: An American Griot

    Nina Simone

    Throughout the 1960s, Nina Simone was at the ramparts of social change, her voice in song and speech infusing the fight for racial justice with a throbbing undercurrent. Not content to confine her talent to popular and standard songs, she responded to the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers and the killings of four girls in the bombing of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church with her own angry anthem, “Mississippi Goddam.” It set the course of her life for the next decade.

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