Donald Albrecht

Cecil Beaton: The NY Years

Museum of the City of New York

From the 1920s through the 1960s, New York’s cultural and social elites embraced British–born Cecil Beaton—photographer, designer, and notorious man–about–town. Beaton’s fashion photographs dominated the pages of Vogue in the 1930s. Cultural icons from Greta Garbo to Marilyn Monroe, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, and Mick Jagger had their portraits taken by him. Beaton designed ballets for George Balanchine, operas like La Traviata for the Met, and Broadway shows, most famously My Fair Lady in 1956. Featuring vintage photographs, drawings, costumes, and ephemera, the exhibition was accompanied by a 240–page catalog.

Mr. Albrecht developed the idea of the show and catalog, selected all the artifacts, and wrote the exhibition text and catalog.

> See exhibition catalog

Print and online coverage in W, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Times,,

“It is a pleasure to leaf through the thick pages of
Cecil Beaton: The New York Years and see Greta Garbo
at her mysterious peak and Marilyn Monroe at her most luscious.” Joseph Berger, New York Times Book Review, December 2, 2011

“This magnificent opus…is worthy of its special subject.”
Robert Birnbaum,, December 22, 2011

Exhibition and catalog designer: Pure+Applied
Custom muralist: Milree Hughes
Lighting designer: Anita Jorgensen
Installation photographer: Bilyana Dimitrova

Donald Albrecht