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Brilliant Things to Do This November

Jimmy DeSana: Submission at the Brooklyn Museum, New York: November 11, 2022–April 16, 2023 (lead image)

The late photographer Jimmy DeSana was a key member of the New York art world in the 1970s and 1980s, contributing to the city’s punk and No Wave scenes and photographing prominent creatives for album covers and independent publications. Yet his work has been shamefully overlooked. This is something that the Brooklyn Museum is seeking to correct with the first museum survey of DeSana’s output. Set to feature some 200 of his visually striking works – “bridging mail-art networks, New York’s 70s and 80s subcultures, the illuminating image-play of the ’Pictures Generation’, and various responses to HIV/Aids” (to which he lost his life in 1990) – the display is a must-see for all photography fans.