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Vicki Gold Levi: Picture Editor, Author, Collector, Atlantic City Maven

Vicki Gold Levi: Picture Editor, Author, Collector, Atlantic City Maven
Introduction to Vicki Gold Levi.  1:27 min. Interview:  Raymond Elman.  Video editing & production:  Layra Gonzalez

 

VICKI GOLD LEVI was born and raised in Atlantic City, the daughter of Al Gold, the city’s first official photographer. Now living in New York City, Levi is a picture editor and author, who has worked with projection designer Wendall Harrington on several Broadway shows including, Civil War: The Musical, Having Our Say, and the Chris Rock concert at Madison Square Garden. The co-author of Atlantic City: 125 Years of Ocean Madness, Levi was co-founder of the Atlantic City Historical Museum, and director of the museum’s award winning video, Boardwalk Ballyhoo. She was also Project Director of The Atlantic City Experience, a multi-media presentation currently showing in historic Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Levi has been involved in many of the more prominent events chronicling Atlantic City, including consulting on Louie Malle’s film, Atlantic City, Beaches, DisneyWorld’s Boardwalk Resort in Orlando, and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

Levi has also appeared on radio with Larry King and on TV with Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, the Today Show, and numerous documentaries including the PBS documentary, There She is Miss America, the VH-1 Behind the Scenes, a Miss America special, and the HBO documentary, Atlantic City, the Original Sin City. Annually she presents an art lecture and two photography scholarships in her father’s name at Stockton University in New Jersey.

Levi co-authored four other books, including Cuba Style, and Times Square Style, with Steven Heller. The Wolfsonian Museum–FIU in Miami Beach published a book about Levi’s collection (which was exhibited at the museum), Promising Paradise: Cuban AllureAmerican Seduction. Her Cuban photography collection was exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and seen in the September, 2011 issue of Vanity Fair magazine and the International Center of Photography’s exhibit, Cuba Cuba. Her personal archives on Cuba of over 2,000 items, was donated to the Wolfsonian–FIU Museum in Miami Beach and her Atlantic City archives forms the basis of the Atlantic City Historical Museum, which resides in the Atlantic City Free Public Library. Her collection of African American ephemera on Atlantic City and Harlem was donated to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and some of the collection is featured in the museum.  Currently, Levi’s collection of the work of Cuban illustrator, Conrado Massaguer, is on display in an installation at The Wolfsonian–FIU entitled Cuban Caricature and Culture: The Art of Massaguer.

The videos below are organized by topic and run between 30 seconds and 10 minutes.
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SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES: 4:21 min.

How did you got involved with collecting Cuba art and artifacts?

 

SERENDIPITY:   2:26 min.

Who was your father and how did he become a photographer?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  1:34 min.

What was it like to grow up in Atlantic City during its heyday?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  1:15 min.

Does any of the imagery in the current exhibition of your collection at The Wolfsonian remind you of the era you describe in Atlantic City?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  2:13 min.

Describe your career as a photo editor.

 

COLLABORATION:  0:41 min.

What was your experience working on the production of “Boardwalk Empire”?

 

INSIGHT & INSPIRATION:  0:42 min.

Did your father influence your desire to collect art?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  0:55 min.

Where did you go to school and what did you learn that still informs you today?

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  0:50 min.

Who are your most important role models & influencers?

 

SEIZES OPPORTUNITIES:  2:31 min.

When did you start to become a collector and what are your major areas of interest?

 

COMMUNITY VALUES:  1:09 min.

How do you feel going back to Atlantic City now, considering it’s changed so much over the years?

 

OVERCOMES CHALLENGES TO SUCCEED:  1:16 min.

Describe a challenging situation with a successful outcome.

 

EXPOSURE TO BROAD INFLUENCES:  1:04 min.

Do you collect cartoons? If yes, who do you collect?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  0:30 min.

What’s your favorite movie?

 

CREATES A UNIQUE PERSONAL BRAND:  1:05 min.

Tell us about “Promising Paradise,” your new catalog based on an exhibition at The Wolfsonian of work from your collection.