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Author/Artist Frank, Robin Jaffee, author.
Title Coney Island : visions of an American dreamland, 1861-2008 / Robin Jaffee Frank.
Publisher Hartford, Connecticut : Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art ; Yale University Press : New Haven, [2015]
Description xvii, 286 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Brooklyn BMA Reference  BMA REF F128.68 C75 B79    AVAILABLE
 Brooklyn Stacks  F128.68 C75 B79 c.2  AVAILABLE
Note Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, and held there January 31-May 31, 2015; at the San Diego Museum of Art, Calif., July 11-October 13, 2015; at the Brooklyn Museum, N.Y., November 20, 2015-March 13, 2016; and at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Tex., May 11-September 11, 2016.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Called "America's playground," Coney Island is a world-famous resort and national cultural symbol that has inspired music, literature, and films. This groundbreaking book is the first to look at the site's enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century, to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses, with the eventual closing of its iconic amusement park, Astroland, in 2008 after decades of urban decline. How artists chose to portray Coney Island between 1861 and 2008--in tableaux of wonder and menace, hope and despair, dreams and nightmares--mirrored the aspirations and disappointments of the era. This dazzling catalogue highlights more than 200 images from Coney Island's history, including paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, film stills, architectural artifacts, and carousel animals. An extraordinary array of artists is represented, from George Bellows, William Merritt Chase, Reginald Marsh, and Joseph Stella to Diane Arbus, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Frank, Red Grooms, Weegee, and Swoon. Essays by prominent scholars analyze Coney Island through its imagery and ephemera as both a place and an idea--one that reflected the collective soul of the nation." -- Publisher's description.
Contents Speculating at Coney Island / John F. Kasson -- Visions of an American dreamland: Down at Coney Isle (1861-1894) / Robin Jaffee Frank -- The world's greatest playground (1895-1929) / Robin Jaffee Frank -- The nickel empire (1930-1939) / Robin Jaffee Frank -- A Coney Island of the mind (1940-1961) / Robin Jaffee Frank -- Requiem for a dream (1962-2008) / Robin Jaffee Frank -- Cinema by the seashore: Twins of the amusement world (1895-1920) / Charles Musser and Josh Glick -- Creating the Hollywood couple (1927-1949) / Josh Glick -- Cameras at Coney (1940-1953) / Charles Musser -- Nostalgia, nightmares, and the spirit of resilience (1971-2008) / Josh Glick -- Political in nature: the new Coney Island / Charles Denson.
LC subject Brooklyn Museum -- Exhibitions.
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- Exhibitions.
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- In art -- Exhibitions.
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works.
Coney Island (New York, N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) -- History -- Exhibitions.
Amusement parks -- New York (State) -- New York -- Pictorial works.
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works.
Other subject Amusement parks.
Manners and customs.
New York (State) -- New York.
New York (State) -- New York -- Coney Island.
Local subject Brooklyn Museum object 1991.45 Coney Island (Lozowick, Louis)
Brooklyn Museum object 1991.59.3 Red Horse (Butler, Lynn Hyman)
Brooklyn Museum object 1991.59.6 Girl with a Gun (Butler, Lynn Hyman)
Brooklyn Museum object 1999.13.1 Untitled, Coney Island Series (Butler, Lynn Hyman)
Brooklyn Museum object 2005.41 Coney, Early Evening (Swoon)
Genre/Form History.
Pictorial works.
Other author Denson, Charles, contributor.
Glick, Josh, contributor.
Kasson, John F., 1944- contributor.
Musser, Charles, contributor.
Related corporate bodies Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
San Diego Museum of Art.
Brooklyn Museum.
McNay Art Museum.
ISBN 9780300189902 hardcover
WorldCat no. 886493343

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