Museum of the City of New York

Post image for The Raw and Stylish Designs of 20th-Century American Protest Posters

Three uptown cultural institutions in New York City this summer have had significant exhibitions devoted to the history of art and social activism. Taken together, they paint an arresting portrait of the role of artists in affecting social change.

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Post image for From Punk to American Folk: Two Takes on Music and Politics

At the center of Folk City is a clue that the exhibit is more about space than about music.

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Post image for 50 Years of Fighting to Save New York City’s Historic Architecture

The obliteration of the McKim, Mead & White-designed Pennsylvania Station in 1963, just a half-century after its completion, helped galvanize grassroots preservation efforts that eventually led to New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner signing the Landmarks Law on April 19, 1965.

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Post image for The Man Who Harmonized Form, Function, and Friendliness in Corporate Design

Before the 1950s, most advertising was just copywriting paired with an image with little thought to the overall company or visual identity.

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Maude Adams in 'Chantecler' theater still

Back in 1911, one of the most talked-about Broadway roles was played by a woman dressed as a rooster, and now you can revisit the surreal staging with recently digitized photographs from the Museum of the City of New York.

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Post image for Museum Archive Leads Bronx Students to Forgotten Slave Burial Ground

Major online archives of accessible images have become regular news out of museums, and part of the reason is stories like this: elementary school kids in the South Bronx have used a photograph from one of those archives to bring about historic recognition for a long-forgotten slave burial ground.

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Post image for Edmund V. Gillon’s Vision of 1970s and ’80s New York

Sometimes it seems like troves of old photos of New York City turn up online every other day. But we still ogle them because … well, what can we say? We heart old NYC porn.

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Post image for Museum of the City of NY Wants Your Photographs of Hurricane Sandy

The Museum of the City of New York is planning an exhibition of photographs from Hurricane Sandy for the one-year anniversary of the storm. And importantly, the organizers aren’t just interested in professional pictures; they want submissions from anyone and everyone with images to share.

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Post image for A Micro-Apartment of One’s Own

Do you know anyone who lives in New York with three roommates? How about someone who lives in a tiny studio apartment? If so, you may be consorting with a lawbreaker. That’s right: in most of New York City, the maximum number of roommates who can share an apartment, legally, is three. And every apartment must be at least 400 square feet — which is pretty big, aka expensive, for a studio.

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Post image for Beyond the Creep Factor: Postmortem Photography as Remembrance

With the arrival of accessible photography came a developed culture of portraiture for not just the living, but the dead. Up until the 1830s with the creation of the daguerrotype, creating an image for remembrance of your loved ones was reserved for the rich, who could commission paintings. Yet with photography came a way to preserve a family member’s image before they disappeared into the earth.

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