“INGE MORATH: BAL D’HIVER”
NOVEMBER 2 – DECEMBER 15, 2011 at Esopus Space
Reception November 2, 6 – 8pm
“The Paris social season opened with a big, elegant splash last Tuesday. The Baronne de Gabrol, President of ESSOR, an association for the protection of France’s abandoned children, sponsored the Winter Ball, at which some of the most distinguished names in Europe amused themselves for the benefit of needy children.”
So begins Inge Morath’s description of the Bal d’Hiver, a dance on ice performed in 1955 by European royalty, in costumes donated by couturiers including Hubert de Givenchy and Christian Dior, and attended by an international roster of celebrities, from the Countess d’Paris to film star Charlie Chaplin. The exhibition at Esopus Space will consist of fourteen 22″ x 35″ prints from the acclaimed photographer’s original series, which has never been exhibited or published. The exhibition accompanies a piece in Esopus 17 that features even more images from the series, along with facsimile reproductions of Morath’s descriptive texts for Magnum Photos and a drop-out contact sheet from the photographer’s archives.
Esopus Space is located at 64 West 3rd Street, #210 New York, NY 10012.
Photo © The Inge Morath Foundation/Magnum Photos.