Private Moments Hidden in the Public Eye

Cindy Sherman's <i>Untitled</i>, 1979.
Cindy Sherman’s Untitled, 1979. Photo: Cindy Sherman

Showcasing works by the likes of Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, and Sophie Calle, a new photography exhibit explores privacy in relation to hyperconnectivity and technology. Public, Private, Secret is the first show to appear in the International Center of Photography’s new downtown space on the Bowery — a sleek, glass-faced structure built to house experimental video projects and cross-disciplinary programming.

Livestream videos of photos culled from social media (filtered by keywords like “hotness” and “celebrity”) appear alongside black-and-white photographs by art-world heavyweights like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Garry Winogrand. The exhibit’s labyrinthine layout and silver, mirrored walls frame a constellation of photo and video works. Also: It’s an excellent backdrop for Instagram pics.

Click ahead to see the artists’ thoughtful meditations on public visibility and private identities: Cindy Sherman’s secluded cigarette smoke, Patrick McMullan’s colossal grid obscuring faces at New York Fashion Week, and a woman peering through a dirty window. The exhibit, which opens with a soirée featuring Perrier-Jouët Champagne, runs from June 23 until January 8 at ICP.

Photo: The Estate of Garry Winogrand; courtesy Fraenkel Gallery; San Francisco

London, 1967, Gary Winogrand

Photo: Merry Alpern

Dirty Windows Series #19, 1994, Merry Alpern

Photo: Cindy Sherman

Untitled, 1979, Cindy Sherman

Photo: Patrick McMullan

Patrick McMullan, New York Fashion Week Face Book, 2016

Photo: Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

The Revolutionary, 2013, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Photo: Sophie Calle/ARS/ADAGP/Courtesy of Sophie Calle and Paula Cooper Gallery

The Sleepers (Gennie Michelet, thirteenth sleeper), 1980, Sophie Calle

Private Moments Hidden in the Public Eye