“That’s Magic! Too”

SPOILER ALERT!
The secret of this exciting and enchanting illusion will be revealed below…

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Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963), [Demonstrating magic trick, Budapest], 1928 (2007.110.299)
This is where we last left off in this macabre and magical series of glass plate negatives made by the marvelous and magnificent Martin Munkácsi…
(Munkácsi was ahead of his time…)

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Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963), [Mould of face used in magic trick], 1928 (2007.110.295)

Martin Munkasci, glass plate negatives
Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963), [Demonstrating magic trick, Budapest], 1928 (2007.110.296)

Martin Munkasci, glass plate negatives
Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963), [Demonstrating magic trick, Budapest], 1928 (2007.110.297)

This rare and 87 year old, behind-the-scene, glass-plate-glimpse at an illusion, conducted by an unidentified illusionist, made by Martin Munkácsi is miraculous and magically magic…

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Studio Visit: Jean Dubuffet’s “Volcanic Eruptions” in New York City

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Alexander Liberman, Jean Dubuffet in 1952 on a working visit to New York City, 1952 (138.1990)

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Alexander Liberman, Jean Dubuffet, New York City, 1952 (150.1990)

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Alexander Liberman, Jean Dubuffet, New York City, 1952 (145.1990)

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Alexander Liberman, Jean Dubuffet, New York City, 1952 (153.1990)

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Alexander Liberman, Jean Dubuffet in action, using plastics on wood. Duffet abandoned traditional tools and made movement and speed participate in the creation of his paintings, New York City, 1952 (179.1990)

In November 1951 Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985) lived and worked in New York City for six months.
From the Jean Dubuffet Foundation‘s website:
1901 Jean Dubuffet is born on the 31 July to a wine merchant family in Le Havre.
1942 Decides to devote himself entirely to painting and from now on will not cease to paint.
1951 In November he leaves for New York with Lili where he stays for six months.
1985 Jean Dubuffet dies in Paris on the 12 May.

The origin of pictorial vocations is mysterious and varied. Jean Dubuffet was a wine dealer, then a maker of theatrical masks. He assaults the concept of beauty with the violence of a primitive. A compulsive belief that truth can be found in untrained vision makes him investigate the arts of the innocent – children, savages, madmen, and the unconscious everyday artists who scribble on walls. The outpourings of instinct, however distorted, are the undecoded messages from man’s inner yearnings.
It is hard to penetrate Dubuffet’s shell of self-protection from everyday life; he knowingly shelters his inner dreams. He looks like a being who could have lived untold years ago. With something of a medium’s power Dubuffet links in his art the far-distant past with the unseen – to all but him – future. He has broken more violently with the conventions of traditional easel painting than any painter I have photographed. I watched him throw sand, or gravel, into amorphous mixtures smeared over a plaster board. With a knife, trowel, rag, or his hand, he shaped the lavalike flows of earth color until he finally brought them to a stop. I marveled at the amount of stored-up skill he summoned to fix the fleeting images that seemed to well up like volcanic eruptions.
Alexander Liberman, The Artist In His Studio, 1988, p. 268

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It’s moving day…


Unidentified Photographer, Evacuation of the Louvre Art Treasury – The “Raft of the Medusa” of Gericault evacuated from the Louvre in a truck that usually carries stage scenery, 1939 (1444.2005)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Gallo, 15 Downing St., New York]. ca. 1956 (17425.1993)


Weegee (1899-1968), [Reliable Thrift Shop], ca. 1942 (17425.1993)


Weegee (1899-1968), Moving Day, ca. 1946 (17429.1993)


Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Mexico, 1964 (236.1994)

The imminent moving of ICP’s archive of photographs, negatives, magazines, newspapers, books and objects, etc. remeinded me of this classic Fansinaflashbulb post

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Sailing (and rowing) to Jersey City

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Seneca Ray Stoddard (1844-1917), Jersey City from Pier 39, Hudson River, ca. 1875 (2007.104.2)

The ICP archives are moving from Midtown Manhattan to Jersey City, New Jersey…

Everyday for the past several months a dedicated and hardworking Assistant Curator (or sometimes an awesome, astounding, breathtaking Imaging Technician) has filled a rowboat full of photos (“from daguerreotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints“) and rowed across the Hudson River…

(A much better post with the same Seneca Ray Stoddard photo is here.)

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Weegee (1899-1968), Empire State Building, ca. 1943 (16586.1993)

(A mediocre post that does not include this Weegee photo, but could have, is here.)

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Todd Webb (1905-2000), Sixth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets, New York, April 23, 1948 (2011.21.1)

For a bit of preemptive or premature nostalgia… (nostalgic for rare and out of print, hard-to-get hot jazz, foreign, hillbilly records as low as 9 cents… although perhaps there are plenty of records at Jersey City’s WFMU)… a photo made from and a photo of the location in Manhattan of the ICP archive…

(A much better post with the same Todd Webb photo is here.)

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2015

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Dan Weiner
, [Martin Luther King, Jr.], 1956 (1984.13)

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Bruce Davidson, [Martin Luther King, Jr. at press conference, Birmingham], 1962 (2006.15.16)

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United Press International, [Martin Luther King, Jr.], 1969 (2012.97.5)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.. It is celebrated the third Monday in January of each year, often one or just a few days after his actual birthday on January 15. On January 15 of 2015 Mr. King would have turned 86.

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Thank You

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Alfred Eisenstaedt, Looking at the mouth of a big fish that daddy had just caught, Florida, 1956 (294.1989)

Thank you for viewing Fansinaflashbulb.
Fansinaflashbulb was viewed more than 180,000 times in 2014.
The visitors were from 180 countries (out of a possible 196 countries, including Taiwan).

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Weegee, [Woman blowing a bubble], ca. 1956 (17331.1993)

In 2014 the five most popular posts were:
Stills from Zapruder film of JFK Assassination
Bloody Sunday through Gilles Peress’s Eyes
Smart, Witty, Clever: Rare, Early Street Photography by Ansel Adams
André Kertész
Henri Cartier-Bresson or W. Eugene Smith?

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Aleksandras Macijauskas, In the market, 1974 (1138.1986.n)

On Fansinaflashbulb’s busiest day in 2014 this post was published: Studio Visit: Frida Khalo and Diego Rivera – Part 1 – The exterior.

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Aleksandras Macijauskas, In the market, 1974 (1138.1986.jj)

Who cares about popularity! Avoid the ruts of conformity! (To misquote Thoreau.) Everything that is unpopular is always more interesting and worthy of investigating than anything that is popular. Everything that is popular is terrible and mediocre at best. (Trust me, I’m an expert on unpopularity. I didn’t get where I am today by being popular!)
Some of the most unpopular, or least viewed, Fansinaflashbulb posts in 2014, (all were composed before 2014) that are great and obviously worthy of a view, or re-view, are:

Gum, an Agent to Share or Solitaire
April Fools’ Day
Manchuria-Graph
Great Conductors V: William Steinberg
Photography Art Society of Lithuania: Aleksandras Macijauskas
Russell Means, 1939-2012
Revolt! Bite the Hand That Bleeds You
The World of Tomorrow

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Forrest Myers, [Revolt! Bite the Hand That Bleeds You], ca. 1970 (827.2002) forrestmyers.com

These photos are a selection of images from the most “unpopular” posts…

And again:
Thank you!

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“I am a soldier of the ideal”: 72 Years Ago Today Anti-Fascist Carlo Tresca Was Assassinated

PM Daily, January 14, 1943, p.2

PM Daily, January 13, 1943, pp.2-3

Three Theories on the Tresca Assassination:
Police today had three theories – but no evidence – as to the motive for the murder of Carlo Tresca, anti-fascist editor and radical, on Fifth Ave. Monday night The theories are:
1. That a political enemy killed him.
2. That an Italian fifth column ordered it, possibly to head off an expose of its activities in this country.
3. That he was killed by a man who had personal difference with him.

Photo captions, p. 2:
This abandoned automobile is believed to be the car in which Tresca’s killer escaped. It is sprinkled with fingerprint powder.
Interior of Carlo Tresca’s office, where he edited Il Martello.
Copies of the last issue of Il Martello (The Hammer), hand-wrapped for mailing, were piled up in Tresca’s office when he left for the last time. Photos by Bernie Aumuller, PM.
Photo captions, p. 3:
For a short time after the assassination of Carlo Tresca, above, his body was mistaken for… Arturo Giovannitti, Italian poet and writer, above, an old friend of the murdered Italian leftist.
Carlo Tresca, rarely photographed in recent years, was caught in these bits of horseplay two Summers ago, when a PM photographer visited Unity House, the ILGWU Summer camp. Above he roughs up David Dubinsky. At right he shakes up Luigi Antonini, ILG vice president. Photos by Martin Harris, PM.

PM Daily, January 14, 1943, p.2

PM Daily, January 14, 1943, p. 2
Tresca Probe Indicates Ambush by Murder Mob
Carlo Tresca, veteran radical and anti-fascist editor was murdered Monday night in an elaborate, carefully planned ambush, police now believe. He had not a ghost of a chance to escape the bullets of the assassins waiting for him.
Police emphasized these points:
1. Two bullets from a .32-caliber pistol fired into his back and face killed Tresca.
2. Another slug, badly mashed from ricocheting, was found near the body.
3. An unfired .38-caliber revolver was found near the scene, indicating that a second gunman was lurking nearby.
4. The getaway car had motor running and a driver waiting at the wheel.
That indicates that at least three, and maybe more, were in the murder mob. The slaying had all the appearances of a “professional” crime with hired killers.

PM Daily, January 15, 1943, p. 2
Tresca Planned Return to Italy To Lead a People’s Revolution After War Had Chased Il Duce
Carlo Tresca, veteran radical and anti-Fascist editor of Il Martello (The Hammer), shortly before his murder had discussed with his associated plans to return to Italy after the fall of Mussolini to work for the establishment of a people’s postwar Government there.
That was learned yesterday while police and District Attorney Hogan were continuing their inquiry into the slaying Monday night. Tresca was shot and kiled across the street from his offices at 2 W. 15th St.
The re-shaping of Italy, Tresca said, would be: “Not for the King, not for Mussolini, not for the Pope, but for the working man.”

PM Daily, January 17, 1943, pp. 4-5
Tresca Funeral Cortege Passes Scene of Murder…
Funeral cortege of Carlo Tresca, assassinated anti-Fascist, took a route to bring it past the corner where he was murdered. Large crowds were waiting there. Photo is from Tresca’s office widow.
Exact spot where Tresca died was marked with flowers as the funeral cortege passed 15th St. and Fifth Ave. Shot by an unidentified gunman, Tresca died almost at once. Photos by John DeBiase, PM.

3500 Mourners at Services for Assassin Victim
Luigi Antonini, president of the Italian Labor Council, delivers a eulogy over the body of Carlo Tresca, murdered anti-Fascist.
Arturo Giovannitti, poet, passes casket containing friend’s body.
Here are some of the 2500 who got inside Manhattan Center. Another 1000 stood outside. PM Photos by Irving Haberman.

Carlo Tresca (1879-1943), radical, anti-fascist, anti-Communist, “anarchist,” journalist, editor (of Il Martello, The Hammer), and labor organizer, was shot, across the street from his office, 2 West 15th Street at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 15th Street at 9:40 PM on January 11, 1943. Tresca, an extremist full of contradictions and many enemies, a radicals’ radical, described by the New York Times in 1943 as a “Militant Anti-Fascist Leader” and an “internationally known revolutionary syndicalist writer, militant leader of Italian anti-Fascists and colorful figure in American radical circles for more than a generation.”
Carmine Galante was arrested (while exiting a gambling den that operated behind a candy store on Elizabeth Street) for the murder but never prosecuted (although he was executed in 1979). The crime remains unsolved.

From Carlo Tresca: The Dilemma of an Anti-Communist Radical, by Gerald Meyer, published in Public Affairs Magazine:

Carlo Tresca (1879-1943) is best remembered as a labor agitator and journalist who played a major role in the pre-World War I labor uprisings in Pennsylvania’s coalfields, in Paterson, New Jersey, on Minnesota’s Mesabi Range, and elsewhere. Less well known is Tresca’s courageous and effective leadership in the anti-Fascist struggle within the Italian American community. As an organizer and a journalist, Tresca fought in the front trenches of the fiercest battles of class struggle in the United States. Repeatedly, Tresca came face-to-face with the country’s elaborate and unrelenting repressive apparatus−and sometimes won.

Carlo Tresca, Portrait of a Rebel, by Nunzio Pernicone, published in 2010 by AK Press, PDF

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