Monroe Gallery of Photography
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Photographs of timeless celebrations and merriment

Santa Fe - Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce "On The Town", an extensive survey of more than 50 classic photographs depicting the celebrations of life as captured by renowned photographers. The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, November 27, from 5 to 7 PM. "On The Town" will continue through January 31, 2010.

Sands hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1952

Just in time for the holidays, the exhibition portrays social rituals and people having fun at public places like bars, restaurants, and theaters. "On the town" is probably derived from the old English saying "going to town": "to arrive or make one's mark where significant things are happening". The American adaptation "on the town" came to mean "in spirited pursuit of the entertainment offered by a town or city", probably dating from the 19th century when going to town for an outing or a spree was a big day for country folk.

The subject has provided rich material for photographers for decades: magnificent environments, beautiful and exquisite women and handsome and poised men celebrating with exuberance and gusto. Also pictured are some of the simpler pursuits of entertainment, such as when the drive-in theater and drive-in restaurant were novel and luxurious attractions.

Going "on the town" has been a pastime for generations, when times are good and when times are tough, people want to be happy. Monroe Gallery of Photography invites you to join the festivities!

Swimming Pool in Cafe in
Paris Hotel, 1932

Ice Skating Waiter, St. Moritz, 1932

Waiters Watching Sonia Henie Skate,
St. Moritz, 1932

Fly-in Drive-in Theater, 1949

Arnolds, Cafe, Lovelady, Texas, 1956

Dancing at Rosie's Cafe, Texas, 1937

Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole
at the Villa Capri, 1955

Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Truman Capote's Black and White Ball, 1966

Frank Sinatra and Jackie Gleason, 1965

Teenagers at a party,
Tulsa, OK, 1947

Hullabaloo with Chuck Berry,
NY, 1965

Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren, Romanoff's, Beverly Hills,
c.1958 (Joe Shere MPTV)

Restaurant Fashions, 1948

Premiere at La Scala,
Milan, 1932

Coachman waits for a fare near
La Scala, Milan, 1934

The Red Onion, Aspen, CO, 1962

Dreamland, Turnbridge, VT, 1963

David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed,
The Dorchester, London, 1972

James Dean at Juke Box
during the filming of "Giant"

Marilyn Monroe, New York, 1961

Tailgating, Yale Football, 1963

Dior Dress, Fur Hat, 1954

Taxi, New York, 1947

Girls resting their feet at first formal dance at the Naval Armory, 1956

Marlene Dietrich, Foreign Press Ball,
Berlin, Germany, 1929

"Andy Loves Edie"
(Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick),
New York, 1965

Barbara Streisand at Maxine's,
Paris, 1966

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