Celebrating Sunset Park: Café Loré by John Milisenda
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Photographs of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with Café Loré as the centerpiece. This Italian restaurant brought Milisenda back to his teenage years on the Lower East Side. As in a dream, the people at Café Loré became the adult counterparts of his old friends growing up.
As a student of photography working with Arthur Freed, I learned about the value of photographing everyday life experiences. Forty-eight years later, this is still a cornerstone of my work.
The Café Loré images are a metaphor for my experience growing up on the Lower East Side during the 1960’s. As if in a dream, the people at Café Loré became the adult counterparts of my old friends. My photography feels as if it has come full circle.
John Milisenda is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a bachelor of fine arts degree. His work has been shown at the Brooklyn Museum, Pratt Institute and the Bibliotheque Nationale, and he’s been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts. Milisenda’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, Smithsonian, and The Los Angeles Times. He counts the books Life A Users Manual by Georges Perec and On Photography by Susan Sontag among his inspirations.
Be sure to check out our related Exhibition Program:
Summer Film & Photography Series: Photography and Impressionism by John Milisenda
This presentation is about the invention of photography and the artists and inventors who were mavericks in its creation. With the invention of photography, a new bewildering view of the natural world unfolded. It changed the way we view everything. We will uncover a hidden history of photography and its often dismissed impact on art.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7 pm, in the Info Commons Lab