VERTIGO: People Doing Crazy Things at Great Heights
Curated by Robert Flynn Johnson
January 20 – April 1, 2018
Sixty years ago, Alfred Hitchcock created VERTIGO, one of the greatest movies in the history of cinema. I find the whole idea of putting oneself at risk at great heights by profession or as performance both fascinating yet terrifying. Safely on “terra firma”, I formed this exhibition of vintage photographs from my personal collection to share my phobia with others. The photographs are divided into three categories. The first features individuals that, by necessity, labor at great heights such builders, painters, window washers, firemen, and policemen. The second are those that out of skill, confidence, foolhardiness, or simply desperation dare fate by performing stunts for fame and fortune. The last is of two film stills from VERTIGO–visual reminders to watch this cinematic masterpiece during its 60th anniversary year.
Robert Flynn Johnson is Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
RELATED EVENT: Gallery talk with Robert Flynn Johnson, February 24, 2 Pm, Free
Anonymous, Unknown stuntman, c. 1930, Collection of Robert Flynn Johnson.