Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery presents "Signs of the Times" opening reception
"Signs of the Times" began with a long-ago conversation between Gallery Director Burt Finger and the late Ilona Albok Vitarius, daughter of John Albok. While looking through John Albok’s vintage photographs together, Ilona thought of an exhibition featuring signs. Of course, John Albok created many great images of Manhattan that included an eclectic number of signs.
The discussion between Burt and Ilona spawned many ideas regarding the significance of signs in Albok’s photographs, and other street photographers. The signage bears fruit, giving us references of the era, the market, design, cultural messaging, political advertising messages, etc. These signs can be considered time capsules.
This exhibition consists of many John Albok photographs that Ilona selected from her father’s archive, mainly dated from the 1930s to 1940s.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through May 2.