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When Cool Was King

When Cool Was King
Stars of "Ocean’s 11" stage a fight, 1960

Santa Fe — Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to present "When Cool Was King," a major exhibition featuring photographs from a time when cool reigned supreme. The exhibition opens with a public reception on Friday, February 14, from 5 - 7, and continues through April 20.

Neat-o, awesome, swell, that's a gas. The phrase "cool" never goes out of style. In their book "COOL: An Anatomy of an Attitude," Dick Pountain and David Robins ask "So what exactly is Cool? That is a difficult question to answer. Is it a philosophy, a sensibility, a religion, an ideology, a personality type, a behavior pattern, an attitude, a worldview?" The exhibition does not attempt to answer that question, but simply accepts Cool as a phenomenon that we can recognize when we see it.



The cast of "Ocean's 11," 1960

Frank Sinatra, New York, 1963

Frank Sinatra



Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason, 1965

Frank Sinatra, New York, 1973

Dean Martin, "Temptation"



Paul Newman during the making of "Somebody Up There Likes Me," 1956

Steve McQueen in his 1957 Jaguar XK SS Hollywood, CA

Marlon Brando in the kitchen of his Beverly Glen home, Los Angeles, 1955



Steve McQueen after motorcycle race, Mojave Desert, 1963

Steve McQeen and his wife, Neile Adams, in sulphur bath, Big Sur, California, 1963

Steve McQueen at home with pistol



Steve McQueen at Riverside Raceway in his Porsche Speedster on April 20, 1959

Bobby Kennedy campaigns in IN during May of 1968, with various aides and friends: former prizefighter Tony Zale and (right of Kennedy) N.F.L. stars Lamar Lundy, Rosey Grier, and Deacon Jones

Motorcyclist with Kennedy pin, 1966



John Lennon at the Plaza, Feb. 7, 1964

John Lennon on the train from New York to Washington for the Beatles' concert at Washington Coliseum, Feb. 11, 1964

Actress Jane Fonda in publicity still for "Barbarella," 1968



Andy Warhol, Nico and the Velvet Underground, Los Angeles, California, 1965 (windows)

Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Chuck Wein, New York, 1965

Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger



Lou Reed, Kings Cross Cinema, England, 1972 (Transformer)

Andy Loves Edie, 1965

Marianne Faithful during recording for the Rolling Stones' "Their Satanic Majesties Request"



James Dean besides his car during the filming of "Giant"

James Dean On Location for "Giant" in Marfa, Texas, 1955

James Dean takes a break from filming "Giant"



James Dean, Times Square, 1955

Allen Ginsberg, New York, 1963

Timothy Leary, Arlo Guthrie on Set of Alice's Restaurant, Massachusetts, 1968



"Slo-Pokes", Drag Racing In Moline, Illinois, 1957

Under the Boardwalk, Coney Island, (Couples Kissing), 1958

Hullabaloo with Chuck Berry, NY, 1965



Chubby Checker

Elvis Presley, Tupelo, Mississippi, 1956

Nico in Times Square, 1964



Bruce Davidson Lefty showing off his new tattoo, Brooklyn, New York, 1959

Muhammad Ali

Herberts Drive In, California, 1945



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