America in the 1960s

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THE HARROWING 1960s come back to life thanks to an exhibition by renowned photographer, journalist, and film director Lawrence Schiller. It is made up of 60 photographs that provide a cutting-edge view of the culturally and politically tumultuous decade by one of the 20th century's leading social commentators. Each image documents pivotal moments in the nation's history and includes portraits of such diverse figures as past presidents, movie stars, elite sportsmen, and notorious criminals caught in candid and revealing moments. This is the first time the exhibit has been shown in the U.S.

This exhibition exemplifies Schiller's reputation for being "at the right place at the right time" whenever headline-making news events occurred. When the 1960 presidential election results came in and Richard Nixon had lost, Schiller, then only 23 years old, was there to capture future First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's tears of joy for Paris Match magazine. When, in 1962, Marilyn Monroe famously took off her clothes on the set of her final film, Schiller photographed her for Life magazine ("... Marilyn ... decided to jump into a swimming pool with a bathing suit and come up with nothing on ....") and, again for Life, when Buster Keaton made his last appearance on a motion picture set. When, in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested after the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy, interrogated, and two days later killed, Schiller was covering it for the Saturday Evening Post. When Muhammad Ali knocked out Floyd Patterson in 1965, Schiller caught it on film for Sport Magazine. …


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