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Monthly Archives: October, 2014

Painting the Town Black

In the 1970s, graffiti emerged as a powerful form of self-expression on New York City streets. Our recent exhibition City as Canvas offered a window into the origins of this movement, and its evolution as graffiti artists like Lee … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cracking Jefferson’s Code

Imagine this scenario: The year is 1800. You’re the President of the United States. You need to transmit an urgent message to a diplomat living 3,000 miles across the ocean, … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Where’s the bathroom? Uncovering the Almshouse Privy at Tweed Courthouse

Studying historical records can give us only so much information about a specific place. Archaeology offers a unique perspective on the details of everyday life that written records do not fully capture, such as: … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Alice in Wonderland: La Gallienne’s Living Pictures

Actress, producer, and director Eva Le Gallienne built a reputation for taking classic works of literature and bringing them to life in the theater. In her 1932 production of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures … Continue reading

October 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Flops: when good theater goes bad

Broadway is a magical place. Through the dreams, combined talents, and sheer luck of a group of people, audiences are transported into another world brought to life right before them. At … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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