Video: “Bill Cunningham Was There” with John Kurdewan and Steven Stolman

When: Monday, April 25, 2022, 6:30pm

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This conversation was recorded on Monday, April 25, 2022. See the full event description below.

Nearly two years ago, John Kurdewan and Steven Stolman began their conversation about “Working for Bill” at the Museum of the City of New York. That conversation ultimately turned into the book, Bill Cunningham Was There (Rizzoli, 2021). Join us in-person for the coauthors' first NYC presentation and signing of their book chronicling the singular Cunningham, "who turned fashion photography into his own branch of cultural anthropology on the streets of New York" (NY Times). Author and journalist Amy Fine Collins will introduce the program. 

The lecture and slide presentation will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Event Timeline:
6:30 pm - Conversation begins (Ronay Menschel Hall)
7:30 pm - Book signing and reception (Rotunda)
8:30 pm - Event ends. Museum closes

About the Speakers:
John Kurdewan is a production artist at The New York Times and was a friend of Bill Cunningham. Kurdewan worked closely with Cunningham for more than 20 years as his right-hand man to design his "On the Street" and "Evening Hours" pages for the Sunday Times. 

Steven Stolman is a designer, author, and observer of all things stylish. Stolman developed his own collection of resort wear before serving as president of the textile house Scalamandre. Now, Stolman is an author, lecturer, and brand strategist for businesses in the design and decor space. 

Amy Fine Collins was a Special Correspondent to Vanity Fair for over 25 years and is now an Editor at Large at Air Mail and the Contributing Editor (New York) to World of Interiors.  An arbiter and owner of the International Best-Dressed List, founded by Eleanor Lambert in 1940, she was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1996. Collins has written or contributed to over a dozen books. Her most recent book is The International Best-Dressed List: The Official Story (Rizzoli), now in development as a documentary series.

This program is part of Capturing the Changing City, a new series of conversations with artists, writers, and historians about how they seek to represent the New York scene on the page, film, canvas, and beyond.

Event Logistics (subject to change based on NYC regulations)

  • Proof of vaccination is required for entry to the event (everyone over the age of 5). Excelsior Pass is accepted for those who were vaccinated in NYS. 
  • Masks will be required.
  • Please contact with any questions or ticketing issues.
  • This program includes Museum General Admission (exhibitions close at 5pm).
  • All sales are final; refunds not permitted. Exchanges and credit for future programs only. Programs and dates may be subject to change. The Museum of the City of New York reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers and/or those who do not provide requested Covid-19 documentation. 


This program is made possible in part by Laura Lofaro Freeman and James L. Freeman.

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