Friday, September 7, 2012

Let's talk fine-art photography and Broadway behind the curtain with Alan Cumming, Rivka Katvan & Tom Viola

For Immediate Release:
Brookie Maxwell 212 633 0324

Please join Gallery 138 and Soho Photo Gallery
on Wednesday Sept 12, 6-8 pm
at Soho Photo Gallery,15 White Street, in NYC for: 

on Photography and Broadway
with Alan Cumming, Rivka S. Katvan & Tom Viola

RSVP is required as space is limited. TO RSVP, for sales, and 

for all other inquiries about Rivka's work, please contact Gallery 138:, or 212 633 0324

Alan Cumming in CABARET | Photography by Rivka Katvan
RIVKA KATVAN, Photographer
TOM VIOLA, Author and Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

RANDY GENER, Editor, Writer, Moderator/Organizer
Nominee for 2012 The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Award 

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Meet Alan Cumming, Tom Viola and Rivka Katvan on Wednesday, September 12 at Soho Photo Gallery (located at 15 White St. in NYC).  Join us for a conversation about fine-art photography, Broadway theater and BC/EFA's fundraising work for critically needed services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families nationwide. I will moderate the conversation.

“Broadway Behind the Curtain” is a photography exhibition by Rivka Katvan. Her candid portraiture and fine art of Broadway luminaries are on display on two floors of SoHo Gallery in TriBeCa, where Katvan is a guest artist.  The exhibition benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is co presented by Gallery 138 and Soho Photo Gallery.  Gallery Hours are Wednesdays to Sundays, 1 to 6 PM and by appointment. For directions, contact: or 212.226.8571

Tom Viola, Randy Gener, Marilyn Fish, Rivka S. Katvan, Larry Davis (SoHo Photo Gallery) | Photo by Brookie Maxwell, Gallery 138

Actor, singer and photographer ALAN CUMMING is a major presence in Katvan's exhibition Broadway Behind the Curtain. He appears in three solo portraits, depicting him backstage in Broadway's critically acclaimed hits CABARET and THREE PENNY OPERA.  Cumming won an instamatic camera in a raffle when he was 8. Sadly his inability to frame family members in the centre of any picture led to his camera being confiscated and instead he spent his time wandering around the forest he lived in making up stories and pretending to be other people. This eventually led to him becoming an award-winning actor of international renown, storming the West End with his HAMLET, followed immediately by his Emcee in CABARET, which transferred to Broadway and made him an overnight US sensation. He has since graced the New York stages with turns in Chekhov, Coward and as Mack the Knife, the Pope and Dionysus. He returned this summer in a one-man MACBETH.

"The best thing I have learned about being an artist is the fact that you are the most interesting thing about yourself. We are all just trying to tell a story after all, and the more honest and personal we are the stronger we connect with an audience," says Cumming in his artist's statement.

"My photographs are all about how I see the world, the incredible experiences I am exposed to and the parts of those experiences I think are worth recording or strike me as beautiful or provocative or weird."

RIVKA S. KATVAN has established a strong reputation for her candid portrayals of Broadway and Hollywood stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Kevin Kline, Gregory Hines, Glenn Close, Angela Lansbury and Alan name just a few.  Many of Katvan’s photographs are familiar to Broadway theatergoers, particularly those who regularly go to auctions and special events sponsored and organized by Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS. Since 1997, Katvan has photographed male and female dancers and actors, in various stages of dress and undress, before shows, the Tony Awards, and before, during and after the naughty burlesque spectacular, Broadway Bares, conceived and directed by Jerry Mitchell, Tony Award-winning director/choreographer of the Broadway-bound musical KINKY BOOTS.

Katvan has been featured in many solo and group shows at Gallery 138, including Transformations: Backstage on Broadway, Bare Exposures, Coney Island Baby, and Reflections.  Katvan was recently chosen for the US State Department’s Arts In Embassies program. Katvan explains, "In 1978, during a visit to my friend Natalie Mosco at the Cort Theatre where she was appearing in The Magic Show, I experienced the contrast between the reality in front of the stage and the reality from backstage. Those first photos opened doors to many other shows. To have been a privileged observer, celebrating and sharing life in the theater, has been an honor." 138 west 17th street NYC. 212 633 0324  facebook / tumblr/ twitter

TOM VIOLA was the founding administrative director of Equity Fights AIDS in 1988, saw through its merger with Broadway Cares in 1992 and has been Executive Director of BC/EFA since 1997. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) is the nation's leading industry-based not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. BC/EFA awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations nationwide and is the major supporter of seven programs at The Actors Fund, including the HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and the Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic. From 1996-2000 Viola wrote "Broadway On Broadway," a live outdoor concert in Times Square for The League of American Theatres and Producers, which was televised by WNBC for the first time in September 2000. He co-wrote "Colleen Dewhurst: Her Autobiography" published by Scribner (1996) and is the co-author of "Broadway: Day & Night," published by Pocket Books (1992). For more information, please visit Broadway Cares online at

RANDY GENER is the Nathan Award-winning editor, writer and artist. He is the US editor of Critical Stages (, an international web journal for cutting-edge critical writing and international discourse on the performing arts. For his editorial work and critical essays in American Theatre magazine, where he is a contributing writer, Gener won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, NLGJA Journalist of the Year Award, the Rube Award for Best Arts Reporting from Deadline Club (New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists), among numerous other awards. He is a curator and co-producer of "FROM THE EDGE: Politics and Performance Design from Bush to Obama," a theatrical installation of 37 politically committed work by U.S. performance makers which emerged during the dramatic transition in the White House from 2007 to 2011. Gener's media project,, pursues cultural diplomacy and international reporting in the public interest.

Gener is a 2012 nominee for The Outstanding Filipino Americans in New York Award. Please click "like" on his photo here

GALLERY 138 is a contemporary art gallery in New York’s Chelsea/Flatiron District, presenting emerging and mid-career artists in all disciplines. Through exhibitions, residencies and other presentations, the gallery addresses the spectrum of human experience and our relationship with our environment. In 2011, Gallery 138 co- presented exhibitions and dialogs with the International Center for Photography, Clark Winter, Michael Hart, and Global Youth Connect on the relationship between art and finance. Gallery 138’s founding director BROOKIE MAXWELL has presented over forty exhibitions, including Brown V. The Board of Education, 1954-2004, featuring Satch Hoyt, William Pope L., Dread Scott, and Danny Simmons; RAPSIDA, featuring Will Barnett, Louise Bourgeois, Christo and Jeanne Claude, Sol Lewitt, Yoko Ono, William Pope L., and Paul Villinski; and Reparations / If It Ain’t Broke, co-curated by Charles Guice and Keith Miller, and featuring Stephanie Dinkins, Kianga Ford, Satch Hoyt, and Jessica Ingram. Gallery 138 has partnered with universities and museums, and produced benefits for global humanitarian non-governmental organizations, including Doctors Without Borders for Haiti, Rwandans and Americans in Partnership for Peace and Progress, and The Panzi Foundation.

Gallery 138 is thrilled to be co- presenting its third benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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