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"New York After Dark" Photography Exhibit Opens at OSilas Gallery PDF Print Email


By Elizabeth Vranka, Executive Director of OSilas Gallery at Concordia College

OSilas Gallery at Concordia College New York opened its new exhibitionNew York After Dark (1975-1985): The Photography of Cal Swanson, last week.

Curated by Lauren Rosenblum, this exhibition includes over 50 dramatic black and white portraits of the denizens of New York City circa 1975-1985. The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be on view through March 5.

At the time the photos featured in New York After Dark were taken, Cal Swanson was a young man following his passion for photography. In the evenings, he would take the train from Eastchester to Grand Central Station and wander the streets of Midtown.

Approaching strangers with faces he found interesting, Swanson used his unique vision to tell stories through the expressions of his subjects. These stunning black and white photos perfectly capture the diversity and spirit of New York during this gritty time in the city’s history.

Mr. Swanson, a resident of Rye, developed over 300 photographs from this ten-year period (he has over 1,000 negatives). He kept the photographs in storage boxes in his closet for over 30 years.  

New York After Dark is his first major solo show, and this is the first time that most of the photographs featured in the exhibition will be on public view. OSilas Gallery is pleased to note that Mr. Swanson is an alumnus of Concordia Junior College (Class of 1971), the all men’s two-year college that became Concordia College New York.

New York After Dark was curated by Lauren Rosenblum, a Scarsdale native, who is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Art History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has held curatorial positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among other institutions.

The exhibition is free and open to the public, however groups of eight or more are requested to make advance reservations to view the show with Executive Director Elizabeth Vranka at  CLOAKING .

Gallery hours are Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday 12 pm – 5 pm, Thursday 12 pm – 7 pm, Saturday 2 pm – 5 pm, and by appointment by contacting the Executive Director.

OSilas Gallery is located on the campus of Concordia College, 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, in the Donald A. Krenz Academic Center on the second level of Scheele Memorial Library.

Free parking is available on campus and is accessible via entry on Concordia Place off of White Plains Road. For more information on exhibitions and a full listing of gallery events, please see

Pictured: Cal Swanson and Lauren Rosenblum

Photo courtesy Concordia College New York

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.




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