"On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb" at the Gilcrease Museum

Jul 24, 2015

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we are discussing a marvelous photography exhibit that goes on display tomorrow at the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa; "On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb" will run from July 25th through October 11th. Our guest is Dr. Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine, who's also the curator of this show. In New York City, in the 1940s -- and especially after WWII -- the block of 52nd Street running between 5th and 6th Avenues was "heaven on earth for jazz fans and jazz musicians," as the photographer William P. Gottlieb once put it. This show offers more than 40 striking -- and often iconic -- B&W images that Gottlieb took of such greats as Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and Dizzy Gillespie, to name but a few. Born in Brooklyn in 1917, Gottlieb (who died in 2006) began photographing jazz musicians in 1938 to illustrate a weekly jazz column that he wrote for The Washington Post. And as we learn on today's show, Dr. Goodyear will be speaking about the life and work of Gottlieb -- and of his jazz subjects -- tomorrow afternoon (Saturday the 25th) at 2pm at the Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium; this lecture is free with museum admission.