New Year's Eve, NYCArtist(s)Joel MeyerowitzArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1965Medium & Supportgelatin silver print on paperDimensions
11 in x 14 in (27.94 cm x 35.56 cm);18 1/8 in x 22 1/8 in (46.04 cm x 56.2 cm)Credit LineGift of Selma & Gerald LotenbergLabel copy
Meyerowitz is a native New Yorker who photographs both landscapes and urban settings. His earlier black and white photographs stand within the tradition and sensibilities of street photography—direct, spontaneous, and reflecting the instincts of a hunter in search of his quarry on the city streets. In this image, a couple kisses under a theatre marquee that says, "Kiss Me, Stupid." The festive setting of the New Year's celebrations, and the sidelong glances of passers-by, weave this passing private moment into a tender yet universal sentiment.
Carole McNamara, Assistant Director for Collections & Exhibitions
on the occasion of the exhibition New York Observed: The Mythology of the City
(July 13 – September 22, 2003)Subject matter
From Meyerowitz's earliest works reflecting the influence of photographers Robert Frank and Garry Winogrand in the tradition of black and white street photography. The work captures a couple's embrace on New Year's Eve beneath a theater marquee and reflect's Meyerowitz's interest in the spontaneous and human elements of street photography subjects.Physical Description
Photograph of a man and woman, surrounded by pedestrians, that embrace below a movie marquee bearing the words "KISS ME, STUPID."Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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motion picture theaters
signs (declatory or advertising artifacts)