Bill Cunningham New York – screening at Getty

Photo credit: First Thought Films / Zeitgeist Films


For decades, Bill Cunningham, a Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist, has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high-society charity soirées for The New York Times Style section.

On November 30, the Getty will be screening a film that follows Cunningham’s life as storyteller for New York’s elite.

Bill Cunningham New York, produced by Philip Gefter and directed by Richard Press, is a delicate, funny, and often poignant portrait of a dedicated artist. Documenting uptown New York fixtures such as Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller, downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is an expression of time, place and individual flair.

Following the screening, Gefter will discuss the role of photography in Cunningham’s work, and take questions from the audience.

In addition to producing the film, Gefter is an independent writer and critic and a former picture editor at The New York Times. He is a 2011/2012 Getty Museum Scholar and is conducting research for a biography of noted curator and photography collector Sam Wagstaff. His most recent book is Photography After Frank (2009).


Bill Cunningham New York screening

Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center.


This event is free, but reservations are required.

For reservations, visit the official site or call (310) 440-7300.


The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.


Visiting the Getty Center

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Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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