New “City As Stage” Online Exhibit Of Work By Massimo Giachetti Highlights Photographs Of New Yorkers Interacting With Public Realm Reminiscent Of Actors On Theatrical Stage

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Massimo Giachetti’s City as Stage Exhibit is Now Online

MAS is pleased to present the latest exhibition in the Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Digital Gallery: City as Stage, a collection of work by photographer Massimo Giachetti.

New York police officers standing outside the TKTS pavilion in Times Square during the Covid lockdown. Image Credit – Massimo Giachetti

With a unique eye for the interplay between character, background, and foreground, Giachetti’s photographs capture New Yorkers interacting with the public realm in a way that unmistakably recalls actors upon a theatrical stage. From behind the lens, Giachetti captures the art and spirit that imbues even mundane moments, when played out in extraordinary spaces. As a collection, the works remind us of the millions of stories quietly unfolding every day on street corners, train platforms, plazas, and parks across the city.

Relaunched in 2020 in a new digital format, the Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Gallery highlights the work of artists based in or inspired by New York City, whose work deepens our understanding of the relationship between people and the built environment.

View the Exhibition here

Banner Image: A woman elegantly dressed enters the Church of the Holy Redeemer in the East Village in Manhattan. Image Credit – Massimo Giachetti


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Municipal Arts Society Of New York

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) lifts up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and leads the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. MAS envisions a future in which all New Yorkers share in the richness of city life—where growth is balanced, character endures, and a resilient future is secured. Over more than 125 years of history, our advocacy efforts have led to the creation of the New York City Planning Commission, Public Design Commission, Landmarks Preservation Commission, and the Tribute in Light; the preservation of Grand Central Terminal, the lights of Times Square, and the Garment District; the conservation of more than 50 works of public art; and the founding of such civic organizations as the Public Art Fund, the New York Landmarks Conservancy, P.S. 1, the Historic Districts Council, the Park Avenue Armory Conservancy, and the Waterfront Alliance.

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