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Happy Birthday Ruth Orkin

Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “From Gansevoort St. Pier, Boys Swimming in Hudson River,” ca. 1948 (549.1983) Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “Greenwich Ave and Horatio St., NYC,” July 4, 1949 (541.1983) Ruth Orkin (1921-1985), “Tired Little Boy Outside Circus, Madison Square Garden,” 1947-8 … Continue reading

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Ruth Orkin: Portraits of Bernstein

Ruth Orkin, Bernstein Conducting, 1947 Ruth Orkin, Bernstein Playing Piano, 1947 Ruth Orkin, Marian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, Lewinsohn Stadium, 1947 Leonard Bernstein (American, August 25, 1918–October 14, 1990 was an acclaimed conductor, composer, author, and pianist. His fame derived from … Continue reading

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Great Conductors I: Leonard Bernstein

Weegee, Leonard Bernstein, ca. 1960 Whether lecturing at Harvard, screaming at professional orchestras, or conducting Haydn using only his eyes (3:45), Leonard Bernstein was a showman. While some, most famously Tom Wolfe, excoriated him as a shallow, self-obsessed charlatan, to … Continue reading

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