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Sleep

July 8­ – October 26, 2014 

From the mid-1960s through the 1970s, New York-based photographer Michael Putnam captured images of people around the world sleeping in public places. His sleepers, found sprawled in parks, curled up on benches, and contorted into all sorts of unlikely positions, were seen in passing, photographed, and left to sleep on. This display of Putnam’s humorous and poignant photographs is paired with an excerpted presentation of Andy Warhol’s first film, also called Sleep (1963). But unlike the photographs, which document public sites and anonymous individuals, Warhol’s Sleep is an intimate, real-time portrait of the poet John Giorno at rest.