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.
The two oldest known and unopened time capsules were unsealed last week, one in New York and the other in Boston.
Madeline, the smallest of the “twelve little girls in two straight lines” who lived in “an old house in Paris that was covered in vines,” was born in Manhattan. In Pete’s Tavern on Irving Place in 1938, Ludwig Bemelmans scrawled those first rhyming lines that would introduce his petite heroine of the Madeline books.
The objects on display in the New-York Historical Society’s Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War exhibition tell the harrowing story of slavery in America through textiles.
The Picasso tapestry slated for removal from the Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building has found a new home at the New-York Historical Society, the New York Times reported.
The New-York Historical Society celebrates the centennial of “The Armory Show” with a retrospective exhibition that unites pieces from the original event by Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, as well as American impressionist Childe Hassam, urban realist Robert Henri, Marsden Hartley, and more.
The Armory Show at 100 opens tomorrow, Friday, October 11, at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (West 77th Street).
There are few coins as fabled at the infamous 1933 Double Eagle. It is a fascinating story of government and gold, but with a twist.
Before AIDS activists plastered posters reading “Silence = Death” on New York City walls and ACT UP shouted, “Fight Back, Fight AIDS,” the disease had already claimed the lives of thousands of New Yorkers. The first five years of the AIDS epidemic were characterized by a lack of information about the disease that triggered widespread panic and fear. Focusing on that time, from the appearance of AIDS in 1981 to the death of Hollywood icon Rock Hudson in 1985, which forced the disease into public discourse, the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition AIDS in New York: The First Five Years presents an incredibly important record of both the silence surrounding the growing crisis and the bravery of early activists and caretakers.
The New-York Historical Society has a massive show that explores the role of New York in World War II, WWII & NYC. While the front lines of the Second World War raged across the oceans, the great American metropolis gave more than most as it mobilized its citizenry, its resources, and its elites to fight the war on all front.