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Bella Gaia LIVE May 10th at The Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara

Bella Gaia.
“A remarkable work of art, with the potential to open people’s hearts and minds to the bigger picture of living here together on this planet.”
(Soul Connect Now)
Created in conjunction with NASA, BELLA GAIA is an unprecedented, immersive audiovisual experience that combines NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.
Created in conjunction with NASA, BELLA GAIA is an immersive, multimedia exploration of the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem with a “message of oneness amidst a deeply moving and shimmering soundscape that combines sacred dance with gorgeous sets and stunning imagery” (Blog Talk Radio).

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The Granada Theater
Santa Barbara, CA
Sat., May 10th 8 p.m.

“BELLA GAIA transported me back into orbit, to feel the beauty and power of the Earth.”
  (John Grunsfeld, Astronaut)
Experience  BELLA GAIA right now!  Watch the video below:

Having performed over 200 shows in 10 countries at venues like the Guggenheim Museum, the UNESCO Headquarters, and the U.S. State Department as part of Barack Obama’s Cairo Initiative, the award winning BELLA GAIA is gearing up for an international tour this spring and summer.


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Moore, Sky and Lilies at Gallery House in May


From May 3 – May 31, 2014 Gallery House  will show “78/46″ works by Myron Zabol’s Platinum/Palladium print series.  Public Opening is on  Saturday May 3, 2:00-5:00 pm

Myron Zabol exhibits a series of Platinum/Palladium print on the finest and purest papers in the world. This old process requires hand coating platinum/palladium metals onto paper.

The beautiful, subliminal qualities of Zabol’s work includes: architecture, floral and a rare look into the Iroquois Six Nations Confederacy with photographs such as Jack and Cody Moore and Jim Sky, which was a travelling exhibition that included the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery and was permanently archived by Canada’s National Gallery, The Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and curated by the Iroquois Woodland Cultural Center.


For more information including a sneak peek of his works please contact Belinda Chun at 416.587.0057 or



Save The Date: Friends of El Dot Los Angeles

El Dot Gallery of Chinatown, Los Angeles will be making a special appearance  at the POP UP Gallery Show on Bainbridge Island, Washington on May 2, 2014. They will be part of the first Friday Art Walk on Winslow Way, in walking distance from the ferry, the Art Museum, and so much more.


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Food for Thought: Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzels

Glutino Pretzel Twists

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


As part of my annual trek to the Natural Foods Expo West I picked up several bite-sized sample items to take home and “chew on.” Not being a fan of noshing personally, I was surprised when a sudden hankering for a salty snack didn’t turn into a walk down guilt trip lane.

I had been anticipating that heavy, weighty taste of a regular pretzel snack. Not to be. Glutino Pretzel Twists  were light, flavorful and only a small serving size, less than 1 ounce, satisfied the craving.

Free of wheat, gluten, milk, and casein, the remaining ingredients are not completely worth cheering about. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a gluten-free snack, it’s one more choice to add to the list.  Here’s the breakdown:





You can shop online for these treats, get coupons, recipes and join their community.  There are special information and support sections for people with Celiac Disease which is the best thing about this product.

Farewell Charlotte Sometimes – R.I.P.

Charlotte Sometimes at Room 5

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move   Photo Credit: Eric John


“Are you looking for Room 5? [big smile]  It’s upstairs. Yeah, just go upstairs!”

I had walked in with my photographer staring around the room like a deer in the headlights until a voice from the front dining table of the first floor restaurant took charge pointing me in the right direction.  Raven hair, black eyes, stunning and personality heavy…who else could it be…of course it was Charlotte!

What an opener!

Friday, April 11, 2014 was the official release party for Charlotte Sometimes’ new EP “By Request”.  It was also her farewell performance.  At the top of the show she made the shocking announcement that this was to be her “funeral”.  After tonight indie pop, alternative rocker, Charlotte Sometimes would be no more.

No she’s not leaving the business.  But after a long career off and on as Charlotte Sometimes, Jessica Charlotte Poland, has decided to hang up her fame as an NBC, The Voice contestant and move on to a different future. It’s a whole new sound in development.

Beginning the set with How I Could Just Kill a Man and ending with It’s My Party and I’ll Cry If I Want To, she utterly captivated and excited the audience throughout with new releases like Paint the Sky and a super cool sing-along of Foster The People’s “Pumped up Kicks”. ( which, I will geekily admit was kinda fun; honestly, I never actually knew the words to that song until Charlotte made us sing them. lol)

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks

you better run better run

faster than my bullet

As the 2nd floor packed in, she wittily addressed a standing-room-only crowd while furiously wrestling with the mic and her acoustic guitar, “It’s ok were just sound checking you can talk amongst yourselves.”

Very funny…

Actually she is pretty hilarious. In a lighter tone she is spunky, adorable and quick-witted with a biting sense of humor.  Her best side however is her fiercely confident, sexy, tough-girl intensity always with a hint of longing in her voice.  She’s just Charlotte doing her Charlotte thing even though she likes to call herself a sassy bitch.  And take that anyway you like!  Because however you say it, the girl can sing!

Her voice is so much weightier and with more structure than on her recordings.  Strong in every way she challenges, invites, devours, folds you into her music. “By Request” strips down arrangements noted in her former EP “Circus Head” and focuses distinctly on Charlotte’s vocal stylings which are edgy and voluptuous.  The material is cutting-edge showcasing her unique talent.

Favorite cover of the evening – “Creep” by Radio Head – “I’m a creep…” I think she really meant it, but who couldn’t love her just the same!

We think she’s SPECIAL!

Check out and purchase more of Charlotte Sometimes music on:

Charlotte Sometimes



Artplug: Cutlog New York Opens May 8-11, 2014

Fragmental Museum LIC


cutlog NY is pleased to announce exhibitors for the cutting edge contemporary art fair’s second edition, taking place May 8-11, 2014 at the historic Clemente building located at 107 Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side. As the sister fair to cutlog Paris and the first French art fair to showcase in NYC during Frieze Week, cutlog NY champions the freshest work on the market by presenting some of the most exciting emerging and independent artists and galleries in the international art world.

cutlog NY 2014 will present over 40 exhibitors and solo artists from 10 countries around the world including Israel, Chile, Malaysia, and the US. The fair welcomes the return of 13 galleries from last year and 27 new exhibitors for 2014. Through a host of engaging performances, fair tours and rigorous programming, cutlog NY will offer visitors something new to explore each day of the fair, appealing to the passionate collector and curious public alike.

Fair partners this year will include ARTE, Big Sky Partners, LES BID, LMCC and Art Pick. Tours of cutlog NY 2014 will be led by Sotheby’s, Gertrude, SoHo House and Christie’s. cutlog NY is pleased to welcome its cultural partners for 2014, including MoMA PS1, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Contemporaries. Media partners include ARTslanT, Whitewall, Hyperallergic, MODERN PAINTERS, ARTINFO, ART + AUCTION, Art Price, Fast and Quiet Lunch.

L'Inlassable, Paris

2014 Exhibitors Include:

Accola Griefen Gallery – New York, NY
Alan Neider – Hamden, USA
Amstel Gallery – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Art Connections – Tel Aviv, Israel
Artbreak Gallery – New York, NY
ARTspace Switzerland – Zürich, Switzerland
Bleecker Street Arts Club – New York, NY
C24 Gallery – New York, NY
Creative Growth/ARTE – Oakland, CA
Ethan Cohen Fine Arts – New York, NY
Fragmental Museum – NY, USA
Fresh Eggs Gallery – Berlin, Germany
Fuchs Project – Brooklyn, NY
Fuman Art – Selangor, Malaysia
Galerie Les Singuliers – Paris, France
Galerie LWS – Paris, France
Galerie spree – Paris, France
Gallery Molly Krom – New York, NY
International Fine Arts Consortium – New York, NY
Jag Modern – Philadelphia, PA
Judith Charles Gallery, New York, NY
Kilowatt Gallery – Sloatsburg, NJ
Lebenson Gallery – Paris, France
Lesley Heller Workspace – New York, NY
L’inlassable galerie – Paris, France
Mane Sakic – Belgrade, Serbia
Monica Buckle Gallery – Greenwich, CT
Pascale Goldenstein – New York, NY
Post Nature Art – New York, NY
RISD – Rhode Island School of Design – Providence, RI
School Gallery – Paris, France
SIGNAL – Brooklyn, NY
SWOON – Brooklyn, NY
Taxiplasm – New York, NY
TEMP Art Space – New York, NY
The Clemente – New York, NY
TURF – London / NY
Wallplay – New York, NY
Whitebox Art Center – New York, NY
Yael Rosenblut Gallery – Santiago, Chile
Yellow Peril Gallery – Providence, RI

cutlog NY Dates and Times:
Wednesday, May 7th | Vernissage 5-10 PM   
Thursday, May 8th – Preview 12-6 PM | Public Opening 6-9 PM
Friday, May 9th | 12-9 PM
Saturday, May 10th | 12-9 PM
Sunday, May 11th | 12-6 PM

Land Gallery Brooklyn.

The Clemente
107 Suffolk Street,
New York NY 10002

Adults $15
Students & Seniors $10
4-day pass $30
Vernissage ticket $50
Tickets available at:


cutlog new york Contact:
107 Suffolk Street
Room 415
New York, NY 10002
T +1 646 770 1669

Social Media:
Twitter: @cutlog
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Instagram: @cutlogny

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Happy Birthday Will! Celebrate Shakespeare in Long Beach, CA


William Shakespeare will officially be 450 years old on April 23rd, 2014.  The man who brought us “To be or not to be,” “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo,” “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes,” and so many other phrases that live on the tips of our tongues, is someone to celebrate! 

He coined over 1,700 new words — among them: majestic, champion, amazement, discontent, premeditated, bedroom, advertising, compromise, impartial, laughable, excitement, and so on…and on… and on! He created immortal lovers who fill us with passion, inspiring heroes who urge us to action or warn us against haste, and clowns that show us our own follies.

In 2000, he was voted The Man of the Millennium!

For the rest of the month here are a few events presented by the Long Beach Theatre Company that you can attend to celebrate the spirit of the bard.

lbsc-logoApril 18 and 19— Two half-hour old-time radio shows, both performed with live music and sound effects. 

Gunsmoke episode: “Shakespeare”—From 1952, a good story about a crazed Shakespearean actor who commits murder during a Kansas heat wave. 

“Mister Shakespeare”—From 1948, a story about what MIGHT happen if the greatest of all playwrights could come out of the past to work for a modern motion picture studio.

The Bard 450 years April 23— The Official Birthday. In partnership with World Book Night U.S., LBSC will give away a FREE copy of the Shakespeare Sonnets to each person in attendance. The actors will perform selected sonnets, followed by a reception with cake and beverages to celebrate Shakespeare’s birth!


April 25 and 26— Richard Armour’s Twisted Tales From Shakespeare. A parody of serious lectures on the Bard. 

April 27 —LBSC presents the final event of Shakespeare Month. FREE! Louis Fantasia, Director of Shakespeare at the Huntington Library and former Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre’s Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance Institute from 1997 to 2002, presents “King Lear or Survivor—Tragedy in The Age of Oprah.” 

At the Richard Goad Theatre, 4250 Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach.

Sunday performances at 2 pm; all others at 8 pm.

Tickets and info at or 562-997-1494.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Puppets at The Broad Stage

A Midsummer Night's Dream
by Tracey Paleo, Gia On the Move


“I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.” ~ Bottom

I won’t mince words here. I’m no bard. I’ll get right to the point.  The current production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, from the creators of War Horse, is the most inspired, hilarious, wicked, spot-on presentation of a classic that a visiting company has dared to offer.

Seamless to the core the actors ravished the language and milked the comedy thoroughly. The bonus was the masterful un-traditional puppetry that added extra flavor, punch and mystique to an age-old favorite.  How will we ever be able to experience this play again without the artistic exactitude and sheer outlandishness of this wildly colorful bent?

A Midsummer Nights DreamBritish Theatre Company Bristol Old Vic has teamed up once again with the Handspring Puppet Company of Capetown, South Africa, foremost in its home country, for a newly imagined, bawdy “Dream” adapting this classic archetypal story of love, into a heady sex-capade, flighty, robust and poetic.   With the permission of the Broad Stage, boundaries are pushed and shape-shifted altogether as spritely as the weirdly acquired fairy band and the king and queen who voluptuously rule them. Without giving away the absolutely stunning surprises of this show, let’s just say, it’s not exactly g-rated and that made this rather fervent rendition so dirty and delicious.  But don’t worry. Every bit of  Shakespeare’s classic is intact. It’s just so much more.

Finally, the unexpected has happened and it is glorious!

To note: this is actually a remount.  The original performance took place at the Bristol Old Vic between February 28 and May 4, 2013.

It may be bold to say, but as a common rule Brits and those who study under their traditions, typically, are devotees of language and the masters of lingua franca where projection, articulation and intelligibility are concerned.  So very boldly, it should be noted that the Bristol Old Vic cast had no problem “crushing it!” There was not a word, a moment, a joke, a jest, a threat, wish, want or need left to linger in the minds of the audience.  Every bit of the vocabulary and intent was crystal clear making this cast perfectly understandable and therefore the play deeply divine in all its extensions.

The curiosity of this particular production is that none of the actors had any prior experience with puppetry and not only learned the lines but the choreography of their wooden and metal toys. The result was an extraordinary realization of decadent possibility immersing the audience into a blurred reality. The surprises of this superb and very groundbreaking exposition will take your breath away.

MSND_prod_shot7_credit_Simon_Annand_96dpi__smallerAs for the familiars…intact is the biting mischief of puck who no longer takes human form but is reduced to a lively, mechanical, little set of garden-instruments.  It is quite ingenious how he is made to take on dog-like characteristics with barely anything that resembles a mammal in symmetry yet perfectly prances, cows, barks, licks, runs, flies and still performs human tasks at his master, Oberon’s command, badly of course, hence the lovers’ comedy.

Oberon and Titania stand as statuesque god-like giants among men and women in their new form, imprimiting an unmistakably mythological, all-encompassing, “forces of nature” tone to their exits, entrances and fairyland stand-offs. It’s eerie, potent and regal.

As for the rest of the attending spirits, they are an assortment of childlike, cupids and what nots, some even scary to behold, entirely loyal to their respective celestials and free as the wind.

Theseus and Hippolyta remain ever the solid reason of all of the characters. Tending to be stoic in other productions their love play is just that. In public Theseus is every bit the ruler of Athen’s and Titania his war won prisoner.  But in private he is a blocked lover whose furtive almost boyish romantic advances are cooly met by fairy queen worshipping Hippolyta in a flirtatious duel, offering a delightful side of a relationship that is not so written in the lines.

The lovers true to form quicken the chase as a rather infantile set of teenagers roaming the forest fighting over each others’ affections as one would expect to witness at a high school sports brawl. They are each quite naive and entertaining.

But oh, The Mechanicals!

There may have never been a production since the inception of the work that The Mechanicals have not stolen the show.  And this was a show-stopping show-stealing performance to surpass all — especially that of Bottom.  These clumsy well-meaning working class gents are perfectly sublime, passionate and frighteningly funny. Their antics and idiocy know no bounds.  But Bottom’s transformation is taken to a thoroughly shocking height in gut busting, unbelievable theatricality.

If you’ve never heard and seen this play before rather than explain it here, a link has been included for your perusal.  And whether you have or have not experienced it for the first time, this will undoubtedly be your FIRST.  Every actor shines with his or her own particular brilliance. Every moment is truly magical!

It is a limited run showing only until April 19th.  Tickets are available through the Broad Stage website:



Now playing at The Broad Stage

At the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Directed by Tom Morris

The cast in alphabetical order:

Saikat Ahamed: Snug/Puck
Colin Michael Carmichael: Quince/Peasblossom
Naomi Cranston: Helena
Alex Felton: Lysander
Fionn Gill: Snout/Puck/Moth
Akiya Henry: Hermia
Christopher Keegan: Flute/Philostrate/Cobweb
Kyle Lima: Demetrius
Saskia Portway: Hippolyta / Titania
David Ricardo-Pearce: Theseus/Oberon
Lucy Tuck: Starveling/Mustardsee
Miltos Yerolemou: Bottom/Egeus

Go Backstage Theatreland on May 13th

TheatrelandAthena, the distributor behind the universally acclaimed, star-studded documentary Playing Shakespeare, is excited to announce another must-see documentary for theatre fans with the DVD debut of Theatreland, featuring  Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, recently seen on Broadway in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.

Theatreland offers a rare, candid behind-the-scenes look at a historic London theatre’s 2009 production of the most successful production ever of Waiting for Godot, which ran for 172 performancesstarring McKellen and Stewart, as well as the first-ever staged adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Anna Frie.

Featuring theatre and film heavyweights—and real-life friends—Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, X-Men) and Sir Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings, X-Men) and offering a compelling look behind the scenes of a West End production of Beckett’s influential Waiting for GodotTheatreland debuts on DVD on May 13, 2014. The DVD 2-Disc set includes eight episodes, plus a 12-page viewer’s guide (201 min., $39.99,  UPC: 0-54961-2183-9-4

Filmed over six months, on location at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End, Theatreland goes behind the scenes of both productions to reveal what makes a West End theatre tick. Meet the stars, the artistic director, the managers, stagehands, carpenters, and ushers. Explore the Haymarket, one of London’s oldest theatres, with 100-year-old seats and plumbing to match. Audiences realize none of this as the lights dim and the magic begins. From the first read-through to the final curtain call, this is theatre as you’ve never seen it before.

The documentary also features Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Ronald Pickup (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Joseph Cross (Lincoln) and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies).

Episode 1: Bringing the House Down

Episode 2: OK—Now Entertain Us

Episode 3: Flushed with Success

Episode 4: Is There a Spectre in the House?

Episode 5: Waiting in the Wings

Episode 6: Goodbye, Godot

Episode 7: Blonde or Brunette

Episode 8: Blood, Sweat, and Magic

Bonus Features: 12-page viewer’s guide with a timeline of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, a look at the West End, profiles of the participants, an article on theatre ghosts, and fun facts about the productions

DVD 2-Disc Set: 8 episodes – Approx. 201 min. – Documentary – SDH Subtitles


24th Street Theatre heads to El Salvador with award-winning “La Razón Blindada” (“The Armored Reason”)



Arturo Diaz de Sandy and Jesus Castanos Chima in La Razón Blindada Photo by Loli Castanos

Written and directed by Argentinean playwright Aristides Vargas, La Razón Blindada was the recipient of an LA Weekly Production of the Year Award when 24th STreet produced the U. S. premiere, in Spanish with English supertitles, in 2011.

U.S. premiere of 24th STreet’s production was first Spanish language play to win L.A. Weekly Award for Production of the Year

The company has previously toured La Razón Blindada to North, South and Central America, for a total of nearly 100 performances. The current tour is funded by a Los Angeles City DCA Cultural Exchange International Grant. 24th STreet has traveled to El Salvador three times previously as a cultural envoy of the U.S. State Department.

In La Razón Blindada, two political prisoners, oppressed by physical and emotional abuse, find solace in meeting every Sunday at dusk to tell the story of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Their storytelling unravels amidst the extreme limitations imposed by their condition as inmates in a maximum security prison. Vargas drew from testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in Argentina’s Rawson Prison during the 1970s “Dirty War,” as well as from the classic novel El Quixote by Cervantes and The Truth About Sancho Panza by Kafka.

The company will offer a free follow-up interactive workshop in Los Angeles upon their return from El Salvador.

For more information about 24th STreet Theatre, call (213) 745-6516 or visit online at

Of Two Minds: Artists Who Do More Than One of a Kind



For 26 years, browngrotta arts in Wilton, Connecticut has promoted international contemporary art textiles, mixed media and dimensional art in exhibitions, at art fairs, in catalogs and online.

This Spring’s exhibition, Of Two Minds: Artists Who Do More Than One of a Kind, features artists who work in more than one medium, work with more than one material or more than one technique and show remarkable range.  Painters paint, sculptors sculpt, but the textile and mixed media artists are less restricted by material or technique. These artists weave, plait, knit, crochet, stitch and felt and also carve, construct, draw, dye, weld and paint.

On exhibit will be sculptures, paintings, objects and wall works by 25 international artists including  Marian Bijlenga, of the Netherlands,  Stephanie Jacques of Belgium, Hideho Tanaka of Japan and Lawrence LaBianca of California.

The exhibition begins with an Artist’s Reception and Opening from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 26th and continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the next eight days.

A full-color catalog will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Elisabeth Agro, Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Of Two Minds: Artists Who Do More Than One of a Kind
April 26th to May 4, 2014
browngrotta arts
276 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT 06897
For more information: 203.834.0623 or Email

Artist’s Reception and Opening: April 26th 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Hours: Sunday April 27th through Sunday May 4th: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment

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A Curious Collection of Mid-20th Century “Selfies”

Mystery Photobooth Portraits Baffle Historians



.Writer Patti Verbanas recently contacted Gia On The Move with the incredible story of a photo collections, currently showing at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, which in the strangest way is a photo precursor to the modern selfie.  Ms. Verbanas originally wrote the article for Rutgers Today.  But we found it so intriguing and fun that it is a “must publish” for the Tuesday art plug.

A haunting collection of 445 photobooth images of a man taken over decades is unveiled at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers, begging the question: Who is he?

By Patti Verbanas, Rutgers Today

He likely hailed from the Midwest, sometimes sported a fedora and smoked a pipe. He dressed in casual plaids or in a suit. His tie was sometimes in a bow, other times straight. His demeanor ranged from jovial to pensive. His hair evolved from thick black to a thinning white widow’s peak. And sometimes, a “Seasons Greetings” sign hung over his head.

We might know a lot about how this man aged, but what we don’t know is his identity, nor why he took – and saved – over 450 images of himself in a photobooth over the course of several decades.

This mystery that has come to light with “445 Portraits of a Man,” a collection being shown for the first time as part of “Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture,” an exhibition on display through July at Rutgers’ Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, New Jersey.



The 445 images – silver gelatin prints owned by photography historian Donald Lokuta – were taken over the three decades from the Great Depression through the Swinging ’60s, when the booths were most popular. “There’s quite an age difference in the photos: You see him as younger man and then with a white, receding hairline and wrinkles,” says Lokuta, who came across a few of these images at a New York City antiques show in 2012. Upon learning that the antiques dealer had hundreds of these portraits of the same man, Lokuta knew he had to keep them together and purchased them all. “As a historian, I knew this was very rare, but on a deeper level, I wondered, ‘Why would somebody want to take almost 500 photos of himself in a photobooth?’ In appearance, they are unremarkable. They look like mugshots, but that’s what makes them special: The sameness, the repetition.”

Lokuta showed the collection to his friend, Zimmerli curator Donna Gustafsonas she was gathering works for the “Striking Resemblance” exhibition, which examines both the modern history of the portrait and the contemporary definitions of portraiture. “This collection of photo-portraits is very special, and the fact it had never been shown before was exciting,” says Gustafson. “The concept of the series has been going on in contemporary art since the 1970s; it’s a very conceptual way of thinking. But what struck me was that these portraits were taken as early as the 1930s and ’40s, before many of us were thinking conceptually about photography.



“I wanted this collection in the exhibition because everyone is intrigued by photobooths, and these portraits were never intended to be shown in a museum,” she continues. “These images bridge the span from photography into something really exceptional.”

Lokuta’s theory is that the unidentified man was testing the photobooth equipment after servicing it. But even this still begs the question: Why would he save the portraits?

Lokuta’s curiosity led him to Näkki Goranin, author of American Photobooth, for assistance in researching the man’s identity. The photobooth historian was equally mystified – especially since it turned out she also owns seven images of the same man. After Lokuta and Goranin determined they had purchased the photographs from the same dealer, Goranintracked down the previous owners and learned that the images originated at a Michigan auction. After that, the trail grows cold. “It’s not a given that the guy worked for the photobooth company. It could be that he’s just a quirky personality,” Goranin says. “I’ve seen a lot of things in my research, but this collection is very strange.”

Gustafson hopes that the exposure in the Zimmerli exhibition will shed new light on this individual who chronicled a significant period of his life in a photobooth. “When you look at all of the images together, it takes your breath away,” says Gustafson. “And if it is true that this was a man just doing his job, he ended up creating something extraordinary.”