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THE FOURTH WALL: Photographs by Amy Arbus
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My friend Amy Arbus is having an April exhibit and book release. On View: APRIL 1-30 2008 The Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery The Walter Reade Theater 165 West 65th Street (Upper Level) New York, NY 10023 Tel: (212) 875-5607 Hours: 1:30 PM-6:00 PM Daily Preview: AMY ARBUS: The Fourth Wall What happens when a performing actor leaves behind his lines, staging, sets, and lighting, and steps beyond the fourth wall? For three years, Amy Arbus has been exploring this question in a series of dramatic portraits of celebrated actors, both on and off Broadway. Fully costumed but stripped of their context, Arbus's actors remain in character as they step outside the fiction of theater into the reality of the world beyond. Staged in anonymous public spaces--in theater lobbies, on city streets, in parks, and in stage door alleys--Arbus's images achieve an unexpected blend of spectacle and high art; formality and sontaneity; vulnerability and pretense. Collected in The Fourth Wall are some of the modern stage's most gifted actors, including Alan Cumming in Cabaret, John Malkovitch in Lost Land, Liev Schreiber in Talk Radio, Ed Harris in Wrecks, Cherry Jones in Doubt, Christine Ebersol in Grey Gardens, and Ethan Hawke and Martha Plimpton in The Coast of Utopia. Actors are included from such successful and ambitioud productions as Wicked, The Light in the Piazza, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Color Purple, to name but a few. Portraits are accompanied by synopses of the plays as well as quotes from a number of the actors portrayed. AND On the Street Monday, April 7, 2008 at 8pm From the gallery to the silver screen, get a sneak peek at John Spellos's new Amy Arbus documentary. On the Street is presented as a work-in-progress. Arbus and director John Spellos will answer questions following the screening. In 1980, the Village Voice hired Amy Arbus to photograph the people of Manhattan for a section in the paper called “On the Street.” For the next ten years, Arbus captured the 1980s downtown fashion scene and its cast of characters. This new documentary explores the impact of those photographs and delves into the Village scene, with its budding musicians, designers, and artists, some of whom went on to international fame. Watch Arbus as she photographs many of the same people some 25 years later and discovers where it has led them to today. To Purchase Tickets For The Screening


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