Feb 5, 2014

Marilyn, in an Abandoned Building

Marilyn, in an Abandoned Building


Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 25.1 x 24.9 cm (9 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.); Paper: 35.4 x 27.6 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2013.135



Even though Lyon’s project received official sanctioning in the form of a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, he still felt like a burglar when entering the abandoned buildings: “I took more than photographs. . . . In one abandoned room in the vegetable market, I made a photograph of the 1951 calendar of Marilyn Monroe, then I took the calendar too.”

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