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Coney Island : visions of an American dreamland, 1861-2008

Author: Robin Jaffee FrankCharles DensonJosh GlickJohn F KassonCharles MusserAll authors
Publisher: Hartford, Connecticut : Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art ; New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
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"Called "America's playground," Coney Island is a world-famous resort and national cultural symbol that has inspired music, literature, and films. This groundbreaking book is the first to look at the site's enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century, to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses, with the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Illustrated works
Pictorial works
Exhibition catalogs
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Jaffee Frank; Charles Denson; Josh Glick; John F Kasson; Charles Musser; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.; San Diego Museum of Art.; Brooklyn Museum.; McNay Art Museum.
ISBN: 9780300189902 0300189907
OCLC Number: 886493343
Notes: Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut, and held there January 31-May 31, 2015; at the San Diego Museum of Art, Calif., July 11-October 13, 2015; at the Brooklyn Museum, N.Y., November 20, 2015-March 13, 2016; and at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Tex., May 11-September 11, 2016.
Description: xvii, 286 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Speculating at Coney Island / John F. Kasson --
Visions of an American dreamland: Down at Coney Isle (1861-1894) / Robin Jaffee Frank --
The world's greatest playground (1895-1929) / Robin Jaffee Frank --
The nickel empire (1930-1939) / Robin Jaffee Frank --
A Coney Island of the mind (1940-1961) / Robin Jaffee Frank --
Requiem for a dream (1962-2008) / Robin Jaffee Frank --
Cinema by the seashore: Twins of the amusement world (1895-1920) / Charles Musser and Josh Glick --
Creating the Hollywood couple (1927-1949) / Josh Glick --
Cameras at Coney (1940-1953) / Charles Musser --
Nostalgia, nightmares, and the spirit of resilience (1971-2008) / Josh Glick --
Political in nature: the new Coney Island / Charles Denson.
Responsibility: Robin Jaffee Frank.


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