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70Up: New York Women in Their Prime

When photographer Jessica Chornesky reached her mid-30's, she began working on a project that would help her deal with growing older.

"Aging is an issue that affects all of us," said Chornesky. "I wanted to show that [as we age] the world is opening up to us and not shutting down."

As a result, Choresky produced a collection of photographs featuring women age 70 and older who are passionate about life. The Museum of the City of New York in an exhibition entitled "70Up: New York Women in Their Prime" features 21 color photographs by Chornesky.

Most of the women depicted in her work have said they do not feel like they are in their 70's or 80's.

"I do not feel my age," said Lorraine Gewirtz, 72, a founder of a grassroots recycling organization and subject of one of the portraits. "I feel like I am nearing 30, but I am not there yet."

"You may have more wrinkles and not get around as fast, but you still have the same hopes and dreams and expectations," said Esther Gurian, a 79 year-old arts lover and a retired J.P. Morgan employee. "You want to be treated the way you were always treated, not as an inferior person."

Many of the women featured in the exhibition have made significant contributions to their communities. Elinor Guggenheimer established the Day Care Council of New York and founded the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City. Mathilde Krim, 77, founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The display also features photographs of community activist Yuri Kochiama, actress Angela Lansbury and painter Agnes Martin among others.

Chornesky also captured images of old women whose unusual hobbies make them noticeable. Rose Edwards, a real estate agent, fulfilled her life-long desire of becoming a stripper at the age of 69.

The exhibition will remain on display at the Museum of the City of New York until July 6.

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$18.00; 8:15 a.m.

Poetry Writing Workshop

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Free; 12:30 p.m.

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7 p.m.
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105 East 22nd Street, 7th floor
Free; 10 a.m.
212-673-1800 ext. 10
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CUNY Graduate Center
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