The Museum of the City of New York - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for The Museum of the City of New York. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for “Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture” Exhibition

    “Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Installation
    • 2016-10-14 - 2017-02-26

    Celebrating an often-hidden side of the history of New York City. New York has long been a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists seeking freedom, acceptance, and community. Gay...More »

  • poster for Chris “Daze” Ellis “The Odyssey”

    Chris “Daze” Ellis “The Odyssey”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-11-18 - 2016-05-01

    The Museum of the City of New York presents Chris “Daze” Ellis: The City is My Muse, a visual journey through the five boroughs as seen in the paintings of Christopher Ellis, best known by his street name,...More »

  • poster for Carl Van Vechten “Photographing the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond”

    Carl Van Vechten “Photographing the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2015-11-04 - 2016-03-06

    Novelist, essayist, and photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) promoted the work of African-American artists and writers. He was most notably associated with the Harlem Renaissance, the artistic, literary,...More »

  • poster for “The New York City Marathon: The Great Race” Exhibition

    “The New York City Marathon: The Great Race” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2015-10-20 - 2016-03-08

    It is one of the ultimate celebrations of strength, of endurance, and of the city. The TCS New York City Marathon is the world’s largest footrace, with more than 50,000 participants from around the globe...More »

  • poster for Jacob A. Riis “Revealing New York’s Other Half”

    Jacob A. Riis “Revealing New York’s Other Half”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2015-10-14 - 2016-03-20

    Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century. His then-novel idea of using photographs of the city’s slums to illustrate the...More »

  • poster for “Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy” Exhibition

    “Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2015-09-18 - 2016-02-16

    New York City has a long history of creating below-market housing for its residents. Today the city offers subsidized housing to families across a wide economic spectrum; more than 400,000 in public housing,...More »

  • poster for “Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival” Exhibition

    “Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Installation
    • 2015-06-17 - 2015-11-29

    In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased singers like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of...More »

  • poster for “Saving Place” Exhibition

    “Saving Place” Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture - Installation
    • 2015-04-21 - 2016-01-03

    Many believe New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. It fostered pride in neighborhoods and resulted...More »

  • poster for “Hip-Hop Revolution” Exhibition

    “Hip-Hop Revolution” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2015-04-01 - 2015-09-13

    Hip-Hop Revolution presents more than 80 photographs taken between 1977 and 1990 by three preeminent New York-based photographers—Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper—who documented hip hop from...More »

  • poster for “Soundscape New York” Exhibition

    “Soundscape New York” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation - Media Arts
    • 2015-03-10 - 2015-06-07

    A collaboration between Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, William Kenan Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia and former Dean of the University’s School of Architecture, and artist James Welty,...More »

  • poster for Paul Rand “Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand”

    Paul Rand “Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand”

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    • Media: Graphics - Other
    • 2015-02-25 - 2015-07-19

    Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design. It was Rand who most creatively brought European...More »

  • poster for “The Jefferson Letters” Exhibition

    “The Jefferson Letters” Exhibition

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    • Media: Installation
    • 2014-10-30 - 2014-12-05

    In conjunction with this year’s 25th Anniversary History Day celebration, the City Museum is exhibiting a series of eight rarely seen letters written by Thomas Jefferson to Robert R, Livingston, a New...More »

  • poster for “Letters to Afar” Exhibition

    “Letters to Afar” Exhibition

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    • Media: Video installation
    • 2014-10-22 - 2015-03-30

    Letters to Afar: By Péter Forgács, music by the Klezmatics is an immersive video art installation based on home movies made by New York City’s Jewish immigrants who traveled back to visit Poland during...More »

  • poster for Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao “New York: Assembled Realities”

    Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao “New York: Assembled Realities”

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2014-10-15 - 2015-02-15

    Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s New York: Assembled Realities features more than 40 works by this Taiwanese artist, who came to New York at 18 to study photography. Pushing the boundaries of traditional documentary...More »

  • poster for Mac Conner “A New York Life”

    Mac Conner “A New York Life”

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2014-09-10 - 2015-01-19

    McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (born 1913) grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed...More »

  • poster for “Palaces for the People” Exhibition

    “Palaces for the People” Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2014-03-26 - 2014-09-07

    Throughout the five boroughs are more than 200 long-overlooked marvels of engineering and architectural beauty—the interlocking tile vaults built by Spanish immigrants Rafael Guastavino, Sr. (1842-1908),...More »

  • poster for “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection” Exhibition

    “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2014-02-04 - 2014-08-24

    The Museum of the City of New York announces City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection, the first exhibition of the treasure trove of 1970s and ’80s graffiti art amassed by artist and...More »

  • poster for “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy” Exhibition

    “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2013-10-29 - 2014-04-06

    Presented to mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Rising Waters draws on work submitted by over a thousand photographers, both professional and amateur, who responded to an open call for...More »

  • poster for Norman Bel Geddes “I Have Seen the Future”

    Norman Bel Geddes “I Have Seen the Future”

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    • Media: Drawing - Furniture - Product - Film
    • 2013-10-16 - 2014-02-10

    The first major exploration of the theater and industrial designer who The New York Times dubbed “the Leonardo da Vinci of the 20th century.” A visionary who was equally comfortable in the realms of...More »

  • poster for Janet Ruttenberg “Picturing Central Park”

    Janet Ruttenberg “Picturing Central Park”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-09-13 - 2014-01-05

    Janet Ruttenberg’s paintings celebrate Central Park and those who gather within its green borders. Artist Janet Ruttenberg’s love affair with Central Park has inspired her to use a variety of media—watercolor,...More »

  • poster for “A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery” Exhibition

    “A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Architecture - Sculpture
    • 2013-05-15 - 2013-10-13

    Predating both Central Park and Prospect Park, Green-Wood Cemetery was one of the most important public green spaces in 19th-century America. A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery marks...More »

  • poster for “Marine Paintings from the Collection of the Museum of the City of New York” Exhibition

    “Marine Paintings from the Collection of the Museum of the City of New York” Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-02-28 - 2013-10-31

    This installation showcases newly conserved marine paintings from the Museum’s important collection of Maritime art, many of which have not been on public view in decades. The collection includes works...More »

  • poster for "Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers"

    "Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers"

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2013-01-23 - 2013-09-15

    Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers showcases innovative design solutions to better accommodate New York City’s changing, and sometimes surprising, demographics, including a rising number of...More »

  • poster for Leslie Tillett and D.D. Tillett Exhibition

    Leslie Tillett and D.D. Tillett Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion - Product - Crafts
    • 2012-10-17 - 2013-01-06

    The first retrospective of husband-and-wife textile designers Leslie Tillett and D.D. Tillett explores the bold geometric patterns, exquisite textures, and vibrant colors of their designs. While lesser...More »

  • poster for "Cecil Beaton: The New York Years" Exhibition

    "Cecil Beaton: The New York Years" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Fashion
    • 2012-03-25 - 2012-04-22

    From the 1920s through the ‘60s, Manhattan’s artistic and social circles embraced British-born photographer and designer Cecil Beaton (1904-80). Cecil Beaton: The New York Years brings together extraordinary...More »

  • poster for "Stories the City Tells Itself: The Video Art and Photography of Neil Goldberg" Exhibition

    "Stories the City Tells Itself: The Video Art and Photography of Neil Goldberg" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Video installation
    • 2012-03-02 - 2012-05-28

    "Stories the City Tells Itself: The Video Art and Photography of Neil Goldberg" is the first-ever exhibition of contemporary video art at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibition presents nine...More »

  • "Police Work Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2011-12-20 - 2012-03-18

    "Police Work: Photographs by Leonard Freed, 1972-1979" features a selection of vintage prints by the Brooklyn-born photographer who documented "life on the beat" with NYPD officers during the tumultuous...More »

  • poster for "The Unfinished Grid: Design Speculations for Manhattan"

    "The Unfinished Grid: Design Speculations for Manhattan"

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2011-12-06 - 2012-04-15

    Manhattan’s familiar street grid is a work in progress, an evolving creation that began with a bold vision by the city’s commissioners in 1811, but which has been altered and amended by generations of...More »

  • poster for "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011"

    "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011"

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2011-12-06 - 2012-04-15

    "The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011" celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Commissioners’ Plan of 1811, the foundational document that established Manhattan’s famous street grid....More »

  • poster for Cecil Beaton "The New York Years"

    Cecil Beaton "The New York Years"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2011-10-25 - 2012-02-20

    From the 1920s through the ‘60s, Manhattan’s artistic and social circles embraced British-born photographer and designer Cecil Beaton (1904-80). Cecil Beaton: The New York Years brings together extraordinary...More »

  • poster for Jeannette Ferrary "You tawkin' ta me?"

    Jeannette Ferrary "You tawkin' ta me?"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2011-09-30 - 2012-04-01

    You tawkin' ta me? is an installation of New York City photographs by Jeannette Ferrary about the messages of the street. Taken during the past four years, Ferrary’s photographs depict the variety of life...More »

  • poster for Kevin Roche "Architecture as Environment"

    Kevin Roche "Architecture as Environment"

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2011-09-27 - 2012-02-05

    Pritzker Prize-winner Kevin Roche is one of America's most influential and prolific architects, acclaimed for his skillful integration of man-made and natural environments. Drawing on material originally...More »

  • poster for "The American Style: Colonial Revival in the Modern Metropolis" Exhibit

    "The American Style: Colonial Revival in the Modern Metropolis" Exhibit

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    • Media: Architecture - Furniture - Crafts
    • 2011-06-07 - 2011-11-06

    The American Style: Colonial Revival and the Modern Metropolis looks at this style from the end of the 19th century through today and examines the works of master architects such as McKim, Mead & White...More »

  • poster for “On the Move: Transportation Toys from the Permanent Collection” Exhibition

    “On the Move: Transportation Toys from the Permanent Collection” Exhibition

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    • Media: Product
    • 2011-04-04 - 2012-07-09

    On the Move is a special installation of toy and miniature vehicles from the Museum’s Permanent Collection that not only suggest the lives of the children who played with them but also reveal how transportation...More »

  • poster for Denys Wortman "Rediscovered: Drawings for the World-Telegram and Sun, 1930-1953"

    Denys Wortman "Rediscovered: Drawings for the World-Telegram and Sun, 1930-1953"

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    • Media: Illustration - Drawing
    • 2010-11-19 - 2011-03-20

    Denys Wortman Rediscovered: Drawings for the World-Telegram and Sun, 1930-1953 is an exhibition of original cartoon drawings made for the World-Telegram and Sun illustrating episodes of everyday life in...More »

  • poster for Herbert Katzman "Glorious Sky: Herbert Katzman's New York"

    Herbert Katzman "Glorious Sky: Herbert Katzman's New York"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-11-05 - 2011-02-21

    Glorious Sky: Herbert Katzman's New Yorkpresents the work of abstract expressionist artist, Herbert Katzman, who produced some of the most lyrical, contemporary representations of New York City. This...More »

  • poster for "Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style" Exhibition

    "Notorious & Notable: 20th Century Women of Style" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2010-09-14 - 2011-01-02

    Co-presented with the National Jewelry Institute, Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style highlights 80 prominent New York women who used their style, talent, or wealth to capture the attention...More »

  • poster for “New York Interiors (1690-1906)” Exhibition

    “New York Interiors (1690-1906)” Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture - Furniture
    • 2010-08-01 - 2013-08-01

    New York Interiors (1690-1906) features elements of New York domestic environments from the late 17th through the early 20th centuries. On display are objects that illuminate aspects of daily life including...More »

  • poster for "Samurai in New York: The First Japanese Dellegation, 1860" Exhibition

    "Samurai in New York: The First Japanese Dellegation, 1860" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Other
    • 2010-06-25 - 2010-11-07

    Samurai in New York invites visitors to return to the New York of 150 years ago and to share the city’s excitement over the visit of a delegation of more than 70 samurai from Japan—the first Japanese to...More »

  • poster for "America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and The Reinvention of New York" Exhibition

    "America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and The Reinvention of New York" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-05-05 - 2010-10-03

    This exhibition looks at the mayoralty of John Lindsay (1966-1973) within the context of the complex social, cultural, and economic issues facing New Yorkers during one of the city's most turbulent eras....More »

  • poster for "Cars, Culture, and the City" Exhibition

    "Cars, Culture, and the City" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Photography - Film
    • 2010-03-25 - 2010-08-08

    Even though New York, like many major cities, has a low per capita ownership of automobiles, it has surprisingly played an essential role in creating today's car culture, and the car has helped, in turn,...More »

  • poster for Charles Addams "New York"

    Charles Addams "New York"

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2010-03-04 - 2010-06-08

    Charles Addams’s New York is an exhibition of original artworks by the legendary New Yorker cartoonist that capture Addams's quintessentially idiosyncratic and slyly subversive view of the city, depicting...More »

  • poster for "New York Through the Lens" Exhibition

    "New York Through the Lens" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-02-18 - 2010-06-08

    The Museum of the City of New York's collection of more than 350,000 prints and photographs is a remarkable visual resource that documents the built environment of the city and its changing cultural, political,...More »

  • poster for "Only in New York: Photographs from LOOK Magazine" Exhibition

    "Only in New York: Photographs from LOOK Magazine" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-11-17 - 2010-04-18

    Exploring New York City from the mid-1940s until the early 1960s, the exhibition "Only in New York: Photographs from LOOK Magazine" accompanies the publication of the first-ever book devoted to the museum's...More »

  • poster for Eero Saarinen "Shaping the Future"

    Eero Saarinen "Shaping the Future"

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2009-11-10 - 2010-01-31

    Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future is the first retrospective of this architect’s career, which was one of the most prolific, unorthodox, and controversial in the history of 20th-century architecture. From...More »

  • poster for Joel Meyerowitz "Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks"

    Joel Meyerowitz "Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-10-09 - 2010-03-07

    Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks presents the work of photographer Joel Meyerowitz, who has spent more than three years recording wild places in New York City's parks. Located...More »

  • poster for "The New York City 400" Exhibition

    "The New York City 400" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-09-09 - 2009-10-09

    The NYC400 is the first-ever list of New York City's ultimate movers and shakers since the City's founding—from politics, the arts, business, sports, science, and entertainment. In commemoration of Henry...More »

  • poster for "The Edge of New York: Waterfront Photographs" Exhibition

    "The Edge of New York: Waterfront Photographs" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-09-05 - 2009-11-29

    The Edge of New York: Waterfront Photographs highlights that transition revealing the industrial waterfront of the 20th century and what it became. The historic photographs in the exhibition, drawn from...More »

  • poster for "New York 400: Streetscapes from the Permanent Collection" Exhibition

    "New York 400: Streetscapes from the Permanent Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints
    • 2009-09-05 - 2009-11-05

    To celebrate the quadricentennial of New York and the release of the Museum of the City of New York’s publication, New York 400: A Visual History of America's Greatest City (Running Press, September 2009),...More »

  • poster for “Dutch Seen:  New York Rediscovered” Exhibition

    “Dutch Seen: New York Rediscovered” Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-06-10 - 2009-09-13

    Stunning and highly original images of New York and New Yorkers created by 13 prominent Dutch photographers—some internationally renowned (Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Hendrik Kerstens, and...More »

  • poster for "Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson" Exhibition

    "Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson" Exhibition

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    • Media: Product - Crafts - Other
    • 2009-04-04 - 2009-09-27

    Launching the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s discovery of New York harbor and the river that bears his name, Amsterdam/New Amsterdam: The Worlds of Henry Hudson—the first major...More »

  • poster for Andrew Berrien Jones "Stoops of Manhattan--Railings & Shadows"

    Andrew Berrien Jones "Stoops of Manhattan--Railings & Shadows"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-03-18 - 2009-05-18

    Complex, lyrical, and keenly observed, Andrew Berrien Jones's paintings of the stoop railings of lower Manhattan and the shadows they cast reveal the particular beauty of a part of the streetscape often...More »

  • poster for "Unseen Works: Stettheimer Dollhouse" Exhibition

    "Unseen Works: Stettheimer Dollhouse" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints
    • 2009-03-10 - 2009-05-03

    Fifteen miniature works of art, some by 20th-century masters such as George Bellows (1882–1925) and Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935), are on public view—many for the first time—near a dollhouse created by Carrie...More »

  • "Fifteen Miniature Works by 20th Century Artists" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2009-03-10 - 2009-05-03

    Fifteen miniature works of art, some by 20th-century masters such as George Bellows (1882–1925) and Gaston Lachaise (1882-1935), will go on public view—many for the first time—on March 10 at the Museum...More »

  • poster for "Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity" Exhibition

    "Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2009-02-14 - 2009-05-17

    An exhibition exploring the life and career of Valentina Sanina Schlee, known professionally simply as Valentina, will open at the Museum of the City of New York on February 14, 2009—Valentine's Day. ...More »

  • poster for "Growing and Greening New York" Exhibition

    "Growing and Greening New York" Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2008-12-11 - 2009-04-22

    Today 8 million New Yorkers daily get up, go out, and live their lives. By the year 2030, there will be a million more people living in New York City. And the city will have undergone a great transformation,...More »

  • poster for Ray Mortenson "Broken Glass: Photographs of the South Bronx"

    Ray Mortenson "Broken Glass: Photographs of the South Bronx"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-11-14 - 2009-03-09

    Made between 1982 and 1984, the photographs in Broken Glass: Photographs of the South Bronx by Ray Mortenson focus on the burned out, abandoned, and razed structures of entire city blocks in the South...More »

  • poster for Eudora Welty "Photographs of the Early 1930s"

    Eudora Welty "Photographs of the Early 1930s"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2008-11-07 - 2009-02-16

    Eudora Welty (1909-2001) is acknowledged as one of the great authors of the twentieth century and in more recent years her talent as a photographer has been recognized. Eudora Welty in New York: Photographs...More »

  • poster for "Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940" Exhibition

    "Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture 1925-1940" Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture - Fashion - Film
    • 2008-10-03 - 2009-02-22

    The 1920s and ‘30s witnessed a burst of creative energy in the fields of architecture, design, and fashion. Shaping new styles of buildings and furnishings, redefining fashion, and giving visual form to...More »

  • poster for "Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election" Exhibition

    "Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints - Product - Other
    • 2008-06-24 - 2008-11-04

    Coinciding with the 2008 election and providing insight into New York's often pivotal role in American electoral politics, Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election will be on view...More »

  • poster for "New York Fast Forward: Neil Denari Builds on the High Line" Exhibition

    "New York Fast Forward: Neil Denari Builds on the High Line" Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Architecture - Sculpture
    • 2008-06-10 - 2008-09-14

    Known for his bold architectural and urban concepts, Los Angeles-based architect Neil Denari is helping to transform New York with the design of his first freestanding building, called HL23 and located...More »

  • poster for "Catholics in New York, 1808-1946" Exhibition

    "Catholics in New York, 1808-1946" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Other
    • 2008-05-16 - 2008-12-31

    Catholics in New York 1808-1946, will explore the social and political history of the diverse group of people who established the formidable Catholic presence in New York. The exhibition, the first of...More »

  • poster for Yvonne Jacquette "Under New York Skies: Nocturnes"

    Yvonne Jacquette "Under New York Skies: Nocturnes"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-02-01 - 2008-05-11

    Under New York Skies: Nocturnes by Yvonne Jacquette presents 30 paintings and pastels of the city’s splendid architecture, neon signage, bridges, streets, and waterways. The dramatic and glittering canvases...More »

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    Gus Powell "Manhattan Noon"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2007-12-15 - 2008-05-18

    The midday meanderings of New Yorkers on their lunch breaks, famously captured by Frank O'Hara in his 1964 collection Lunch Poems, are the subject of Manhattan Noon, the first large-scale New York presentation...More »

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