Monday, August 3, 2009

Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered

Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's monumental voyage of the Dutch East India Company into New York Harbor in 1609. This exhibition showcases 13 Contemporary Dutch photographer's modern interpretation of New York City's past and present history.
Included in this exhibition is Hendrik Kerstens' striking and clever photographs of his daughter Paola, creating portraits that blend Dutch tradition with modern New York culture (a Dutch bonnet made from a NYC restaurant's napkin). Jaap Scheeren's playful combinations of 17th Century and modern day New York City are filled with classic Dutch wit and were a delight to view. Also of interest were Wijnanda Deroo's interiors of NYC restaurants, Danielle Van Ark's tableaus of New Yorkers attending art galleries, and Hellen van Meene's lonely portraits of New York schoolgirls.
Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered is on view through September 13th, at the Museum of the City of New York.

Above: Hendrik Kerstens, Napkins 2009
© Hendrik Kerstens/Courtesy Witzenhausen Gallery Amsterdam/New York

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