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The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
FREE with museum admission.
The “Bill” in question is 80+ New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who all appear in the film out of their love for Bill), downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair. In turn, Bill Cunningham New York is a delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
Ticked required. Available at the box office on day of screening.
Each Sunday this February, the ICA will screen a feature-length documentary showcasing the life and work of an artist whose work lies on the periphery of the often-insular “art world.”
— Feb 4 | An Art That Nature Makes: The Work of Rosamond Purcell
— Feb 11 | David Lynch: The Art Life
— Feb 18 | Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry