September 30, 2017

Contemporary Jewish Museum ~ Dina Goldstein

The Bride of Demons 
photo by Dina Goldstein


Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid


Sep 28, 2017–Jan 28, 2018

This exhibition presents newly commissioned works by sixteen contemporary artists in response to a selection of tales from Jewish folklore. Acting as modern maggids—storytellers, transmitters of knowledge, secrets revealers—they explore the many facets of these stories’ characters, themes, and metaphors. Artists include: Michael Arcega, Julia Goodman, Dina Goldstein, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, Vera Iliatova, David Kasprzak, Mads Lynnerup, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Mike Rothfeld, Tracey Snelling, Chris Sollars, M. Louise Stanley, Inez Storer, and Young Suh and Katie Peterson.

The photography of Dina Goldstein is luxurious, deeply textured, elaborately staged and subtly disquieting You have to look carefully to see the strange things going on in them; ancient themes with modern references. She creates large-scale photographic series in which she uses narratives and iconographies from popular culture, folklore, and religion, to expose the challenges our contemporary society faces.     

For Jewish Folktales Retold, photographer Goldstein interprets several known and lesser-known tales, including The Hair in the MilkThe Queen of ShebaThe Soul of the AriAn Apple from the Tree of Life, The Dybbuk in the Well, The Golem, and more. Restaging the tales with modern props and settings, Goldstein confronts fascinating material: for example, in The Hair in the Milk, where Lilith comes to take afterbirth and kill the mother (she is only able to get into the house because of a faulty mezuzah). In The Queen of Sheba, a married man is seduced by Sheba through being showered with riches. But when his wife finds out, he loses everything.       

Goldstein is a photographer and Pop Surrealist with a background in editorial and documentary photography. For Goldstein, photography is intended not to produce an aesthetic that echoes current beauty standards, but to evoke and wrest feelings of shame, anger, shock and empathy from the observer, as to inspire insight into the human condition. Goldstein independently produces large-scale tableaux photographic series that are philosophical, satirical, technical and visually stunning.  

Image Credit Dina Goldstein, Ashmodai—The Bride of Demons, from the series Snapshots from the Garden of Eden, 2017. Ink on paper, 40 x 53 in. Courtesy of the artist.     



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Styrous® ~ Thursday, September 28, 2017         

Meredith Willson articles/mentions

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The Gay Life with Barbara Cook     
West Side Story      
   
      
   
   
    
     
         
   
   
Meredith Willson - 1942  
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Elizabeth Taylor articles/mentions

       
Chuy Reyes ~ Rumba de Cuba          
           
           
        
       
           
           
              
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September 29, 2017

Contemporary Jewish Museum ~ Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid sculpture














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Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid


Sep 28, 2017–Jan 28, 2018This exhibition presents newly commissioned works by sixteen contemporary artists in response to a selection of tales from Jewish folklore. Acting as modern maggids—storytellers, transmitters of knowledge, secrets revealers—they explore the many facets of these stories’ characters, themes, and metaphors. Artists include: Michael Arcega, Julia Goodman, Dina Goldstein, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, Vera Iliatova, David Kasprzak, Mads Lynnerup, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Mike Rothfeld, Tracey Snelling, Chris Sollars, M. Louise Stanley, Inez Storer, and Young Suh and Katie Peterson.











 
















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Contemporary Jewish Museum ~ Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid reception












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Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid


Sep 28, 2017–Jan 28, 2018This exhibition presents newly commissioned works by sixteen contemporary artists in response to a selection of tales from Jewish folklore. Acting as modern maggids—storytellers, transmitters of knowledge, secrets revealers—they explore the many facets of these stories’ characters, themes, and metaphors. Artists include: Michael Arcega, Julia Goodman, Dina Goldstein, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, Vera Iliatova, David Kasprzak, Mads Lynnerup, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Mike Rothfeld, Tracey Snelling, Chris Sollars, M. Louise Stanley, Inez Storer, and Young Suh and Katie Peterson.










































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415.655.7800
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Styrous® ~ Friday, September 29, 2017         
























Contemporary Jewish Museum ~ Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid

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reception   
sculpture        
Dina Goldstein             
Tracey Snelling          
     
      
        
             
     
      
       
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September 28, 2017

Contemporary Jewish Museum ~ Tracey Snelling

 


Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid


Sep 28, 2017–Jan 28, 2018

This exhibition presents newly commissioned works by sixteen contemporary artists in response to a selection of tales from Jewish folklore. Acting as modern maggids—storytellers, transmitters of knowledge, secrets revealers—they explore the many facets of these stories’ characters, themes, and metaphors. Artists include: Michael Arcega, Julia Goodman, Dina Goldstein, Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth Hope, Vera Iliatova, David Kasprzak, Mads Lynnerup, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, Mike Rothfeld, Tracey Snelling, Chris Sollars, M. Louise Stanley, Inez Storer, and Young Suh and Katie Peterson.

 








 


 



 






 








 
 



















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Natalie Wood articles/mentions

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Chuy Reyes ~ Rumba de Cuba           
West Side Story            
    
        
       
           

    
        
       
           
    
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Jerome Robbins articles/mentions

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The Pajama Game ~ the musical      
West Side Story        
Carl Van Vechten & the Harlem Renaissance  

     
       
       
     
         


Jerome Robbins - 1951       
The King and I        

             

    















September 26, 2017

20,000 Vinyl LPs 110: West Side Story ~ Maria, Tony, Bimbo's & Leo Friedman

vinyl LP album cover
album cover photo by Leo Friedman 
photo of album cover by Styrous®


Sixty years ago today, September 26, 1957, the Broadway musical, West Side Story, burst onto the theater world and changed the form and character of musicals forever.      

The original cast album with its iconic image of Maria and Tony running down a street in New York is one of the most famous photos used on a record album; it, the album, has been an integral part of my life in many ways. In 1958-59 West Side Story was the soundtrack for my life.          
        

vinyl LP album cover detail
album cover photo by Leo Friedman 
photo of album cover detail by Styrous®


The songs were uplifting, inspiring and new. The dance at the gym with its jazzy mambo completely knocked me out! And, of course, Maria is just . . . well, it's just! I still begin to tear up when I hear it and I think of Ann. Somewhere was "our" song. We were so in love and I remember taking her to see the first touring production when it came to San Francisco. By the time it got here Larry Kert, as Tony, was the only member of the original cast in the 1959 US Tour.


West Side Story playbill 
September 14, 1959 
photo by Styrous®
(click HERE to see 1959 souvenir program)



We went to Bimbo's afterward and had dinner; it was an upscale supper club with entertainment but I don't remember who was performing. I do remember I had Chicken á la King because it was the cheapest thing on the menu; I was 19, living on my own, working my way through college and didn't have a whole lot of money.        


Bimbo's 365 Club 
December 5, 2008 
San Francisco, CA 


There is a story behind the photograph used on the cover of the album. It looks very spontaneous but it was carefully staged by photographer Leo Friedman. The “West Side Story” shot, which became the cover of the cast album, was the result of attempts by Friedman after having tried several settings around New York City and ending up along a row of tenements on West 56th Street.   


vinyl LP album cover
album cover photo by Leo Friedman 
photo of album cover by Styrous®

“I made a mark on the street, and I said to Carol: ‘I want Larry chasing you up the street. When you hit that mark, don’t look at me down here, look up, with your head up,” Friedman recalled, “And that’s what I took.”

And so, after what the weary actress, Carol Lawrence, remembered as 300 tries, the shot Friedman wanted was finally captured and, as they say, the rest is history. Actually, there is more history; he got a pretty raw deal in the end. (link to Friedman info below).   


vinyl LP album cover detail
album cover photo by Leo Friedman 
photo of album cover detail by Styrous®


  

The score for West Side Story was written by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. It was orchestrated by Sid Ramin and Irwin Kostal following detailed instructions from Bernstein, who then wrote revisions on their manuscript (the original, heavily annotated by Ramin, Kostal and Bernstein himself is in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at Columbia University). Ramin, Kostal, and Bernstein are billed as orchestrators for the show. The orchestra consisted of 31 players: a large Broadway pit orchestra enhanced to include 5 percussionists, a guitarist and a piano/celesta player.    


vinyl LP album back cover 
photo by Styrous®

The dark theme of the story (based on Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare), sophisticated music, extended dance scenes, and focus on social problems marked a turning point in American musical theatre. Then there is the Bernstein score for the musical which includes Something's Coming, Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight, Jet Song, I Feel Pretty, A Boy Like That, One Hand, One Heart, Gee, Officer Krupke, and Cool (links below to all on YouTube).      



vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®


The original 1957 Broadway production, directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins and produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, marked Sondheim's Broadway debut. It ran for 732 performances before going on tour. The production was nominated for six Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1957. However, the award went to The Music Man by Meredith Willson. Robbins won the Tony Awards for his choreography and Oliver Smith won for his scenic designs.  
 


vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®



The creators' innovations in dance, music and theatrical style resulted in strong reactions from the critics. Walter Kerr wrote in the New York Herald Tribune on September 27, 1957:  
"The radioactive fallout from West Side Story must still be descending on Broadway this morning. Director, choreographer, and idea-man Jerome Robbins has put together, and then blasted apart, the most savage, restless, electrifying dance patterns we've been exposed to in a dozen seasons ...."     
John Chapman's review in the New York Daily News on September 27, 1957, headed: "West Side Story a Splendid and Super-Modern Musical Drama":   
"The American theatre took a venturesome forward step when the firm of Griffith & Prince presented West Side Story at the Winter Garden last evening. This is a bold new kind of musical theatre – a juke-box Manhattan opera."      
Time magazine found the dance and gang warfare more compelling than the love story and noted that the show's "putting choreography foremost, may prove a milestone in musical-drama history ...  
"While critics speculated about the comic-tragic darkness of the musical, audiences were captivated. The story appealed to society's undercurrent of rebellion from authority that surfaced in 1950s films like Rebel Without a Cause. West Side Story took this one step further by combining the classic and the hip."    


vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®


In 1961, West Side Story was made into a film; directed by Robert Wise, it starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris.    

That same year, Stan Kenton recorded Kenton's West Side Story (a jazz version) that received a 1962 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance – Large Group (Instrumental) (More on this in a future article).    


vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®





 
vinyl LP, side 1
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vinyl LP label, side 1
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vinyl LP, side 2
photo by Styrous®


vinyl LP label, side 2
photo by Styrous®


     

Act 1

Act 2 

  • "I Feel Pretty" – Maria, Rosalia, Estella, & Consuelo
  • "Somewhere" – Consuelo, danced by Company
  • "Gee, Officer Krupke" – Action, Snowboy & Jets
  • "A Boy Like That" – Anita & Maria
  • "I Have a Love" – Anita & Maria
  • "Taunting" – Anita & Jets
  • "Finale" – Company    


Credits:

Notes:  

Six-Eye Stereophonic release without "360°-Sound" (see Images)
US-Two Eye Repress: Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story - Original Broadway Cast
US-Half Dozen Repress: Leonard Bernstein - West Side Story - Original Broadway Cast

West Side Story opened in New York at the Winter Garden Theatre September 26th, 1957, following engagements in Washington and Philadelphia.


Barcode and Other Identifiers
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1 on Label): XSM 41521
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2 on Label): XSM 41522
  • Barcode (Stamped Side 1): XXSM41521-1E
  • Barcode (Stamped Side 2): XSM41522-1B

Label: Columbia Masterworks ‎– OS 2001
Format: Vinyl, LP, Stereo
Country: US
Released: Oct 1957
Style: Musical, Modern
             

        
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West Side Story ~ 1959 souvenir program     
Leo Friedman ~ Broadway's Photographer      
      
Net links:         
          
West Side Story ~    
            Synopsis        
            Characters
            Principal cast       
            Musical numbers              
            Recordings      
            Awards and nominations   
            West Side Story (film) website         
       
YouTube links:         
          
            Jet Song          
           Something's Coming  
           The Dance at the Gym      
            Maria
            Tonight  
           America  
           Cool   
           One Hand, One Heart    
           Tonight (Quintet & Chorus)   
           I Feel Pretty
           Somewhere      
           Gee, Officer Krupke        
           I Have a Love        
           Finale
West Side Story (the film)                
        West Side Story Reunion 
        Making of a classic        
        The Making of West Side Story  (1 hr. 20 min.)        
          
         
        
       
"There's a Place For Us . . . " 
       ~ Somewhere
         
           
Styrous® ~ Monday, September 26, 2017