Visual Art at City Center




Show up early to any performance in our historic theater to enjoy stunning photography from two of America’s most luminous photographers. All season long portraits of artists who have impacted City Center by Arnold Newman and Nina Robinson will be on view throughout our lobby.

Portraits by Arnold Newman

Arnold Newman (1918-2006) was one of the 20th century’s most influential portrait photographers. His work appeared on the covers of Life and Look magazines, in museum exhibitions, and in many books. He was known for environmental portraiture, a style of photography that captures sitters in their own environments, evoking their personalities and professions. Newman explained, “I am interested in what motivates individuals, what they do with their lives, their personalities, and how I perceive and interpret them.”

Newman specialized in photographing artists, beginning with those of the New York School of abstract expressionist painters whom he met in the 1940s. He later photographed Picasso, Braque, Miró, Chagall, Mondrian, and other major European modernists. In the 1960s and 70s, his subjects included Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Claes Oldenburg, Marcel Duchamp, Louise Nevelson, Henry Miller, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Ayn Rand, and Marilyn Monroe.  He was also admired for his photographs of American presidents, from John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton. 

Ten master portraits of subjects whose careers were intertwined with City Center will be on view all season in our theater lobby.

All photographs courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Home by Nina Robinson

Nina Robinson is a photographer based in Arkansas and New York who creates portraiture and documentary rooted in community that celebrates the human senses. Her photography has been featured in The New York Times and National Geographic and exhibited at the Bronx Documentary Center, the Bronx Museum, and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

As part of last year’s 75th Anniversary celebration, New York City Center commissioned Robinson to capture portraits of our theater and dance artists throughout our rehearsal and performance spaces, as well as in the other spaces in which they live and create. The life-size portraits explore what "home" means to each artist and will be on view all season long in our theater lobby.



Support for Visual Art Exhibitions is provided by
Deborah Goodman Davis and Gerald R. Davis