“Creativity has got to start with humanity and when you’re a human being, you feel, you suffer.” – Marilyn Monroe
The fragility of Marilyn Monroe is still felt to this day. As one of the most captivating women of the modern era, her beauty, haunting mystique and sieving sense of humanity, have made her the subject of countless creative endeavors.
With the 50th anniversary of Monroe’s death approaching next year, the icon’s life is once again thrust into focus. “Picturing Marilyn,” a three-day photo exhibition beginning November 10 at New York’s Milk Gallery (Mana Contemporary’ sister company), charts the rise of Monroe’s star, from the fresh-faced Norma Jean to the soft spoken bombshell known as Marilyn. Curated by Etheleen Staley of the Staley-Wise Gallery, the show includes 62 photos of Marilyn Monroe, with works by Milton Greene, Bruno Bernard, George Barris, Sam Shaw, Richard Miller and Ben Ross, among others.
The exhibition opens in conjunction with the release of Simon Curtis’s film “My Week with Marilyn,” starring Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne. The film, based on the memoir by Colin Clark, follows the production of the classic 1957 comedy romance “The Prince and the Showgirl” and the real-life affair between then bashful assistant and the most desired woman in the world.
For more information on Picturing Marilyn, visit Milk Made.
Picturing Marilyn, Milk Gallery, 450 West 15th St, November 10 – 13
My Week with Marilyn, opens November 23rd
– Chen Yerushalmi