Robert Altman
/ Macy's: "Art Under Glass" Exhibit


The Greatest Showcase On Earth

Press Release

Archived photos of the 34 window displays

May 1, 2009
New York, NY

Leah Garchik
The San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, May 8, 2009

"Come the end of this month, almost every window of Macy's Herald Square mother ship in New York will be filled with photographs by San Francisco photographer Robert Altman.

The windows, a tribute to the Summer of Love, will include 175 Altman photos (from his book "The Sixties") as well as fashion. The New York-born photographer, who will be there for a signing and reception May 26, quotes Macy's stats on potential visitors to this sidewalk exhibition: 4,000 an hour."


Please join us Tuesday May 26th at 5 PM for the book signing and at 6 - 7 PM for the reception.


New York Itinerary

The Bethel Woods Museum Shop
The original site of Woodstock 1969
200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720
Sat. May 23rd, 2009 ~ Book signing 1-4 PM

Macy's Herald Square, New York ~ May - June 2009
Summer of Love Installation
Windows open May 21st 2009
Tues. May 26th 2009 ~ Book signing 5 PM ~ Reception 6 PM

Ad- The Sunday New York Times May 24, 2009

The Pop International Gallery ~ May - June 2009
473 West Broadway NY, NY 10012
Pictures at an Exhibition
Wednesday May 27th, 2009 ~ Book signing 5-7 PM


May 1, 2009

Press Contact: Alison Kmiotek


175 images will be on display in the world-famous Macy’s Herald Square windows from May 25th –June 8th 2009

New York, NY – May 1, 2009 – The hippie revolution and the “Summer of Love” will be revived in a groovy, Art Under Glass, retrospective featuring American photographer Robert Altman’s work from his latest book, The Sixties. As a leading photojournalist in the 1960s and 70s, Robert captured the spirit of the hippie counterculture movement, showcasing its effect on politics, music, fashion, and most of all, personal freedoms. The “Summer of Love” retrospective will be on display in the world-famous Macy’s Herald Square windows on Broadway and 34th Street from May 25th through June 8th 2009 as part of the annual Art Under Glass exhibition.

Recognizing the importance past trends have on the future, Macy’s is celebrating the fusion of fashion and culture this summer with a “sidewalk” art gallery! Inspired by the hippie aesthetic of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Macy’s Herald Square is resurrecting the free spirited style with a fresh spin on fashion and accessories. Curated by Robert Altman and conceptualized with Director of Windows for Macy’s Herald Square Paul Olszewski, and Macy’s Group Vice President & Fashion Director Nicole Fischelis, the Macy’s Herald Square windows showcase both Macy’s fashion and 175 pieces of work, while maintaining the truthfulness each piece of art depicts.

“Mr. Altman’s photography has played an instrumental role in depicting the ideals of American pop culture during this extraordinary time,” says Nicole Fischelis Macy’s GVP/Fashion Director. “Macy’s proudly displays his work as a unique vision of the time period, when a new energy and freedom in fashion was emerging with several new attitudes and ideas of fusion, that are still valid today. The combination of art and fashion were chosen to inspire our customers and to show the compatibility of fashion and art, which often shares the same influences.”

Highly praised American photographer Robert Altman attended Hunter College at the City University of New York, studied under Ansel Adams and was best known as the leading photojournalist for Rolling Stone magazine. Following his early successes with Rolling Stone, he expanded into the realm of fashion photography and fine art. Many of the photos featured in his collection were taken between 1967-1974.

“Fashion in those days was unlike any other our generation had seen before,” recalls Robert Altman. “That time suggested that you could be anything you want, and that included wearing what you want. By partnering with Macy’s, my vision was to encapsulate the emergence of this cultural movement and its impact on today’s consumer.”

34th Street Windows
Aretha Franklin
Country Joe MacDonald
Crosby, Stills and Nash
Elton John
Grace Slick
Jerry Garcia
John Entwhistle
Robert Altman and Swami Satchidananda
Tiny Tim

Broadway Windows
Dennis Hopper
George Harrison
Grateful Dead
Iggy Pop
Jane Fonda and Peter Fonda
Janis Joplin
Joan Baez
Joni Mitchell
Linda Ronstadt
Pete Townsend
Thompkins Square Park
Tina Turner

On May 26, 2009 Macy’s officially opens the retrospective with a personal appearance by Robert Altman, in which he will sign his latest book The Sixties and additional Summer of Love merchandise. This unique opportunity to meet the artist whose works are featured in Art Under Glass, as well as view Herald Square’s newest fashion windows, gives customers the opportunity to experience their own version of the “Summer of Love.”

About Macy’s

Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Offering distinctive assortments including exclusive fashion and home brands, Macy’s stores are operated by four regionally based retail divisions – Macy’s East, Macy's Florida, Macy's South, and Macy's West – and an online store at

For information and product images, please visit Macy’s online pressroom at



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