Her face is so recognizable, her image so much a staple of the public domain that it’s hard to believe there are photographs of her the world has still never seen. But Tribeca’s SUMO Gallery has them. This weekend Marilyn: The Lost Photos opens in New York, showcasing rare pictures of Marilyn Monroe taken between 1952 and 1956. Five photographers contributed to the collection, some of them Monroe’s intimate acquaintances such as her former makeup artist Milton Greene and her close friend Mischa Pelz. Shortly before her death in 1962, the ultimate American It-girl expressed anxiety about not being able to live up to her own larger-than-life reputation as a sex symbol: “My men…expect bells to ring and whistles to whistle, but my anatomy is the same as any other woman’s.” These images capture that humanity, catching Monroe with chin doubled up or hunched over mid-laugh. Consequently, they’re some of the most charming we’ve seen.
Tue., July 22, 10 a.m.; Wed., July 23, 10 a.m.; Thu., July 24, 10 a.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2014