March 03, 2013

James & Karla Murray "New York Nights" Exhibition & Book Signing at Clic

James & Karla Murray
New York Nights

Exhibition & Book Signing

March 4 - April 4, 2013
Opening Reception: March 7, 2013 / 6-9pm

“No other city in the world stages dusk to dawn like New York City. In this book one can experience New York on foot, the ultimate reward for the nocturnal explorer.”

James T. & Karla L. Murray

“Rather than recede into the darkness, New York’s illuminated storefronts reveal more than is possible during the daytime hours. No other city in the world is more spectacular than New York at night. New York is a jungle of nocturnal dwellers and dwellings.”

Steven Heller

Following the widespread success of James and Karla Murray’s previous book Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York, which received global acclaim for its documentation of the city’s iconic shop fronts, Gingko Press is pleased to announce the December 2012 publication of the Murrays’ New York Nights. A new chapter of the city’s cultural history is revealed in New York’s nighttime illumination — a city alive with excitement after dark.

With their 35 mm cameras at the ready, the Murrays explored all types of nighttime businesses. Establishments like Trash & Vaudeville, Apollo Theater, and many bars and taverns abound, but also included are restaurants and cafés, diners and bistros, drugstores and record shops, and of course Broadway theaters. These photographic portraits of New York life capture establishments that have survived decades, many with history going back to the nineteenth century.

Besides histories of the establishments, the book includes interviews with the businesses’ owners, who discuss personal struggles and ambitions, provide fascinating details about New York as experienced by their families, and regale us with stories of the bootlegging era – at speakeasies like White Horse Tavern, 21 Club, and Theatre 80 St. Marks. Famous New Yorkers are regular customers: Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner secretly met at Rudy’s Bar & Grill in Hell’s Kitchen in the early 1950s, Dylan Thomas drank with the sailors and miners at White Horse Tavern, and Mark Twain filled his prescriptions at C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries.

Through these pages, we come to appreciate the glow of the neon era, and its symbolic grandeur at the birth of the modern American Dream. At night, these establishments are transformed as their facades are bathed in neon, and streets dreary by day become mini spectacles. The rich photographs that the Murrays share here are masterpieces of nightly luminescence.

New York Nights is a highly atmospheric street-level tour of New York — and a worthy homage to the city.

Clic Bookstore and Gallery
255 Centre St, New York,
New York 10013
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