On October 16th Casa Susanna: A Photographic Archive from the Collection of Robert Swope and Michel Hurst opens in our New York gallery. The collection features 340 photographs from Casa Susanna, a resort that embraced the exploration of gender roles during the mid-1950s and early 1960s. Visually striking and intimate, the images capture men playing the roles of many different female stereotypes including the femme fatale, the matron and the proper lady. From doing ordinary household chores to posing for the lens, these candid images reveal a distinct place in time—a world once forgotten.
The archive was found at a New York flea market by the pioneering collectors Robert Swope and Michel Hurst of Full House and since their discovery the photographs have inspired a hardcover book and Tony-nominated Broadway play, Casa Valentina. Wright’s exhibition, designed by the talented Juniper Tedhams, celebrates Casa Susanna as it prepares for its next act; the photographs will be sold at auction on October 30th.