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New York | ‘Ruth Orkin: Expressions of Life’ Tour at Fotografiska

November 9, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Photograph by Ruth Orkin

Please join ArtTable’s New York Chapter and Mary Engel, director of the Ruth Orkin Photo Archive, for a special in-person tour of Expressions of Life at Fotografiska.

Expressions of Life is an emotional, inspiring, and romantic chronicle of the pioneering photographer and filmmaker Ruth Orkin. Featuring landmark photographs from her work across Hollywood, New York City, Israel and Italy, the exhibition celebrates the Orkin’s centennial, and showcases her as a master of intimacy, warmth, and boldness behind the camera.

From photographs of her monumental cross country bicycle trip at age 17 and behind-the-scenes of MGM Studios as the first “messenger girl” in 1941, to European adventures and spontaneous, cinematic New York City moments – Expressions of Life spotlights some of her most renowned photographs: American Girl in Italy (1951), Bernstein in Green Room, Carnegie Hall, NYC, (1950), and Einstein at Princeton luncheon, NJ (1953), among others.

This program is $5 for ArtTable members and $10 for non-members.
Please note that entry to the exhibition is paid separately, which must be done on-site. Pricing is $13 for general admission and $8 for seniors. The ArtTable program fee goes to support this in-person walk-through.
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Fotografiska New York is open to the public and to members with guidelines in place for the safety and well-being of our guests and staff. Proof of vaccination is required in order to enter Fotografiska. Please have this documentation with you when you join the program and ready to present at the museum.

Fotografiska is fully wheelchair accessible.

Please email if you require more information.

Fotografiska is located at at 281 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010. If you prefer to drive, there are several public parking lots close by:

Champion Parking
36 E 21st St, New York, NY
(212) 473-9365

Icon Parking
41-47 E 21st St, New York, NY
(212) 674-9528

Manhattan Parking Gramercy Corp.
32 Gramercy Park S # 1, New York, NY
(212) 533-0863

Public transportation is a great way to get to Fotografiska. The closest subway stations are the 23rd Street Station on the 6 and the R/W lines. Several city buses stop nearby, including the M1, M2 and M3.

Citibike is available at the northeast corner at Park Ave S, & 20th Street.



About Mary Engel

Headshot of Mary Engel holding a cameraMary Engel is the founder and president of the American Photography Archives Group, APAG, an award winning filmmaker and the director of the Orkin/Engel Film and Photo Archive. Engel has been the director of the Ruth Orkin Photo Archive since its inception in 1985. She is responsible for all aspects of managing the archive including sales, licensing, marketing, legal issues, preservation and social media. Engel works with photography galleries, museums and auction houses in the United States and abroad. She has published four catalogs of photography.

Engel’s first film “Ruth Orkin: Frames of Life” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1996. It went on to screen at many other festivals. The film was selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of the “Outstanding Documentaries of 1996.” Her film “Morris Engel: The Independent” premiered on Turner Classic Movies, TCM in 2009. Engel is also a contributing producer of “Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York” released in 2011.

Engel has recently participated on panels at POWarts and Photoville, and has lectured at Harvard University, New York University, Brooklyn Historical Society, St. Louis Art Museum, Central Park Conservancy, and has appeared at the Avon Theater, (Stamford, CT), Loews Jersey (Jersey City, NJ) Film Forum (New York, NY) and the Egyptian Theater (Park City, Utah). She has been published in The New York Times, the American Society of Media Photographers magazine, Photo District News and Film Comment.

Engel is the 2017 recipient of the Griffin Museum of Photography – Focus Spotlight Award. She also completed the 2017 Seminar on Strategy for Artist-Endowed Foundation Leaders, presented by the Aspen Institute Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative (AEFI).


Thank you to ArtTable member Susan Halper and Sarah McNaughton, New York Chapter Programs Committee Co-Chair, for organizing this program.


  1. American Girl in Italy 1951© Ruth Orkin Photo Archive
  2. Mary Engel


November 9, 2021
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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ArtTable New York
212 343 1735 Ext. 13


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New York, NY 10010 United States

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