“Helen Levitt: In the Street”

“Helen Levitt: In the Street”

© Film Documents LLC Helen Levitt, "New York," 1939, gelatin silver print, Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert O. Levitt.


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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, TX  77005
We all behave differently when we think nobody’s watching. As Helen Levitt roamed the streets of New York in the late ’30s and early ’40s, she captured candid images of hooligans carousing in the back of a truck, Halloween-masked children on a stoop and, in her later years, color images from the sidewalks of working-class neighborhoods. Her hand-held Leica camera, tricked out with a right-angle viewfinder, made it seem as if she were looking in another direction. “Her approach was modest; it was not about her. She tried to be invisible,” says Malcolm Daniel, curator in charge for the department of photography and curator of special projects at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Daniel says that Levitt and painter/art historian Janice Loeb filmed in Spanish Harlem in 1945-1946, and the resulting short (In the Street), with prologue by James Agee and re-edited in 1952 with a soundtrack, is on view along with 40 photographs in “Helen Levitt: In the Street.”

Continuing 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 12:15 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Through January 2. 1001 Bissonnet. For information call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Free to $15.


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