Capturing New York, Chicago and Los Angeles 07.01.15

  • 300 Block of Broadway, Los Angeles, 3 October 1980, by John Humble

  • The Block II (detail), 1972, by Romare Bearden

  • Chicago, 1969, by Ken Josephson

  • Still from Lord Thing, directed by DeWitt Beall, 1970

  • Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Touch Sanitation Performance, 1977–80

  • The Castle, 325 S. Bunker Hill Avenue, Los Angeles, California, (Demolished 1969), c. 1968, by Julius Shulman

  • Chicago Landscape #117, 1966, by Art Sinsabaugh

  • Crosby Street, New York, Soho, 1978, by Thomas Struth

The City Lost and Found, an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, presents the visual art that emerged during a period of intense change

In the 1960s and 70s, American cities experienced significant physical and social change in the form of urban decay, political protests and massive infrastructural development.

The City Lost and Found, an exhibition in Chicago explores the effects of these forces on the country's three largest cities – New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles – through the changes in photographic and cinematic practices during this time, as photographers and filmmakers abandoned aerial views and sweeping panoramas in favour of in-depth studies of streets, pedestrian life and neighbourhoods.

Above are some of the images on display.

The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980 is on at the Art Institute of Chicago until Sunday, 11 January 2015

 

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Images: Walter O. and Linda J. Evans; Chicago Film Archives; The Art Institute of Chicago; Alvin Boyarsky Archive, London; Wiley/Architectural Design; Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York and Magnum Photos; Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica; Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York; Julius Shulman Photography Archive; Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles; J Paul Getty Trust; Katherine Anne Sinsabaugh and Elisabeth Sinsabaugh de la Cova

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