Urban Studies: Photographs by N. Jay Jaffee

Urban Studies: Photographs by N. Jay Jaffee
September 6 – December 8, 2018

The Binghamton University Art Museum will open its fall exhibitions at a reception on Thursday, September 6, 5:00-7:00 pm, featuring in the main gallery an exhibition of photographs by N. Jay Jaffee (1921-1999). At the opening, Cyrisse Jaffee, Class of 1974 and daughter of N. Jay Jaffee will make remarks at 5:30 pm. The exhibition features a recent gift from Cyrisse Jaffee ’74 and Barry Anechiarico ’73, as well as loans from the N. Jay Jaffee Trust. The exhibition was made possible by a grant from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. 

Born in Brooklyn, Nathan Jay Jaffee (1921–1999) grew up the youngest of three children in a Jewish family who had come to America from Eastern Europe. Economic insecurity and his mother’s poor health caused the family to frequently move around the boroughs of New York, bringing him in to close contact with the sights, smells and sounds of widely varied neighborhoods. Jaffee purchased his first camera in 1947, a short while after returning from Europe as a WWII veteran. Soon he began taking classes with Sid Grossman, co-founder of the Photo League, a cooperative of photographers with a socially progressive agenda founded in 1936. N. Jay Jaffee often lived in the area he was photographing, giving him regular access to a wide range of environments. Between 1947 and 1987 he photographed streets and neighborhoods undergoing change, as well as favorite beaches and local storefronts.

Also opening are five other exhibitions. Illustrating the IROHA, a series of Japanese prints on loan from local collectorTony Antes, consists of color woodblock prints from the 19th century that depict all 47 Japanese syllables. Antes will speak about collecting Japanese prints at 5:30 on Thursday, September 27.In the lower galleries, four exhibitions will also open: Jessica Voorsanger: The Partridge Wear Collection, Prints and Perception,Women’s Fashion and Politics in Late 19th-Century America, and Seen While Dining: Ralph Gibson Photography.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit binghamton.edu/art-museum.

Last Updated: 8/22/18