My Florence: Photographs by Art Shay
Museum of Contemporary Photography
624 South Michigan Avenue
Through May 24
My Florence is a photographic project by renowned Chicago Photojournalist Art Shay. For over six decades, Art Shay’s photographs have appeared in such periodicals as Time, Life, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. In Shay’s words, My Florence “is the story in pictures of our 67 years of marriage.” The photographs in this show are primarily candid and capture moments beginning with the first photograph Art took of Florence, his wife, the day they met in 1942 as 20-year-old camp counselors in the Catskills.
This intimate exhibition centers around photographs of Florence and Art raising their children during the mid-twentieth century along with images of the couple’s famous friends, including Chicago writer Nelson Algren, rock musician Billy Corgan, and playwright David Mamet. The final pictures in the show were taken immediately after Florence’s funeral in August 2012.