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[AC] Mead Art Museum at Amherst College; [HC] Hampshire College Art Gallery;
[HD] Historic Deerfield; [MH] Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; [MH SK] The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College; [SC] Smith College Museum of Art; [UM] University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst


Maker(s):Meyerowitz, Joel
Culture:American, born 1938
Title:New Years Eve, NYC (Kiss me, stupid)
Date Made:1965
Materials:gelatin silver print
Place Made:North America; United States; New York City
Measurements:Sheet: 11 in x 14 in; 27.94 cm x 35.56 cm; Image: 8 7/8 in x 13 1/2 in; 22.5425 cm x 34.29 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2000.441.11
Credit Line:Gift of Stanley and Diane Person

Label Text:
A prominently featured marquee in this photograph advertises the romantic comedy Kiss Me, Stupid, in which a piano teacher hires a woman to play the part of his wife when a lascivious performer comes to visit. The title of this photograph indicates that Meyerowitz captured this scene on New Year’s Eve. With this knowledge, a viewer may begin to imagine that a theater employee put those words on the marquee that day in the spirit of the holiday. The quotation marks around the phrase seem to imply an unseen, omnipresent speaker, hinting at the romantic notion this couple might have had that the words were meant for them, inspiring them to follow direction with a kiss.

MD, PHOTOdocument exhibition, March 30, 2012-July 22, 2012

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