Bunny Behind the Lens

How do you attract the peepers to your spanking-new 250,000-square-foot art and automobile museum during a whirlwind December when the eyes of the international art scene have been left glazed over by Basel?

If you are mogul collector and developer Michael Dezer, the answer is simple. You fill the exhibition halls with the work of Bunny Yeager, the legendary pin-up photographer who has been streaking hotter than a comet across the contemporary art scene during the past year.

Yeager, a former Playboy model, finally received some long overdue love from highbrow culturati when Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum presented the first museum survey featuring her work both as a model and photographer, "Bunny Yeager: The Legendary Queen of the Pin-up." This past May, Yeager graced the cover of New Times for an article previewing "The Fabulous Bunny Yeager" at Wynwood's Harold Golen Gallery, featuring a never-before-exhibited suite of self-portraits Yeager shot during the '50s and '60s that became the talk of the town. Now Yeager is back for the blockbuster exhibit organized by international art critic and Berlin-based curator Helmut Schuster, who has culled some of the iconic shutterbug's most searing images for "Bunny Yeager: Restropective to the Future."

On view are 220 of Yeager's photos, including self-portraits, many that have never been printed from her expansive archives before. The collection, all snapped during the middle of the last century, boasts everything from her famous pictures of Bettie Page to more than a hundred other images that have never seen the light of day.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Dec. 14. Continues through Feb. 29, 2011

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