Steve & Lou Boxer at NOIRCON 2014
October 29-November 2, 2014
Had a great four days at NOIRCON 2014 in Philly.
Met some interesting and very hip guys and gals, all of whom (about a hundred) were drawn together by their mutual love for that special magic that is NOIR.
NOIRCONITES meet in the City of Brotherly/Sisterly love every other year to talk about all things noir and share their experiences and thoughts by way of panels, handshakes and over a few (that’s more than two) stiff drinks.
The organizing/coordinating force behind NOIRCON is Dr. Lou Boxer, a Philadelphia anesthesiologist. (I did a little background check on the physician and discovered that while that is his stated specialty, in fact, the nervy doc spends most of his time specializing as a noirologist.)
Deen Kogan, “The First Lady of Philadelphia Theatre,” hosted the gathering at her Society Hill Playhouse.
Deen at eighty-four remains a literary-lioness and inspiration to all of her noir aficionados. A very cool lady.
Theatre Director Deen Kogan and her Society Hill Playhouse, two cultured pearls since 1959.
It was a privilege for me to be able to open the talks on Friday, October 31, with a two-hour PowerPoint presentation of my Black Dahlia Avenger investigation which included a lively Q&A. Then I gave a closing two-hour talk on my follow-up, MOST EVIL on Sunday, November 2nd.
Prior to my arrival in Philly, I was contacted by photographer-extraordinaire, Robert Juckett, a local Philadelphia boy, who offered to hook-up with me and take some photos of the event. (See below)
Bob and I found some “free-time” and were able to get over to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he captured some terrific and quite difficult shots. (If you don’t believe me, try shooting through a door eye-hole the size of a small pen.) See Bob’s photos of Man Ray’s artwork as well as Duchamp’s Etant Donnes, which has been on permanent display since 1969. (Duchamp’s strict orders were that it not be displayed until after his death. He died in 1968.)
Many kudos to Bob Juckett for his time and skill in taking the photographs both at the playhouse and the museum.
Steve and photographer, Bob Juckett
NoirCon 2014 presentation
Duchamp’s Etant Donnes at Philadelphia Museum of Art (photographs by Robert Juckett)
Man Ray’s Le beau temps (Fair Weather) Oil on canvas, 1939
On permanent display at Philadelphia Museum of Art (photo by Robert Juckett)
(Note the bisected figure with arm in the “Minotaur” position.)