Open Today: Leonard Freed Photo Show

Barbara Galazzo, the fused-glass artist who’s the force behind Gallery 66 NY, has let us know about a special exhibition she will soon unveil in her Cold Spring gallery.

Leonard Freed, a member of the Magnum Photos collective who passed away in 2006 in Garrison, may best be known for his pivotal images of the Civil Rights Movement, especially those featuring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his studies of the post-war global Jewish community. In addition to having work appear in publications ranging from Life to Paris Match to Fortune, Freed’s images are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (a trio was purchased by Edward Steichen during his tenure at MoMA).

But lesser-known are Freed’s whimsical photographs that, as Galazzo says, depict “animals and their interrelation with man.” These include charming pictures of cats in an Italian street scene, of flapping seagulls interrupting an impromptu picnic and of a bicyclist keeping pace with a horse in a German traffic circle.

Freed’s widow, Brigitte, is in the process of creating a book based on these images and has allowed Gallery 66 NY to show them, many for the first time.

“Man & Beast” will open Aug. 2, as will “Fantastical Beasts,” a companion exhibition featuring the sculptures of Suzanne Langle.

A combined opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. that evening, with both shows continuing through Sept. 2.

Gallery 66 NY is at 66 Main St. in Cold Spring. For more details, visit gallery66ny.com or call (845) 809-5838.

– Mary Shustack

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