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Iconic photos of a changing city, and commentary on our Collections & Exhibitions from the crew at MCNY.org

Category Archives: Exhibitions

Behind the Barrier: Deinstallations & Rotations

The Collections Department loves to take you behind the scenes. We’ve written before about the loans process at the Museum, shared our experiences serving as a guard at evening events, and dug into … Continue reading

March 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

One Ton of Ice & Clowns on Skis

To celebrate the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, we searched our collections for past winter sports extravaganzas held in New York City. In December 1936, the Winter Sports … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

2017 Women’s March: One Year Later

  The 2017 Women’s March was a worldwide protest held on January 21, 2017, to advocate legislation and policies related to human rights, women’s rights, immigration and healthcare reform, racial … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Gertrude Hoffman and the Dance That Offended Public Decency

The Museum’s ongoing exhibition Activist New York recently debuted a new case study that explores the battle over birth control and obscenity laws that raged in New York at the … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Life Cycle of a Loan

Many museums have an active loan program, borrowing from and lending to other organizations. For example, curators for New York at Its Core scoured collections far and wide to supplement … Continue reading

May 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York

The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917; three years after the conflict had begun. Although the U.S. was involved in the war for just 18 months, … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Muslim in New York: Highlights from the Photography Collection

Muslims have been woven into the fabric of New York since the city’s origins as New Amsterdam, and the Museum is happy to share highlights from our collection which shed … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

A Courier Trip to Denmark

“You’re going where!  In January? Why?” my coworkers and friends exclaimed when I mentioned I’d be going to Denmark. Well, to act as a courier for 27 photographs we had … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Challenges of different types of hanging hardware

Visitors to the Museum may walk through the galleries and imagine that installation of an exhibition isn’t that much different than decorating your own home, just on a larger scale.  … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

In Conversation with Gloria Steinem

“If I stayed home, I’d have to live like everybody else.  If I came to New York, I could be myself.” — Gloria Steinem. Since the Museum’s exhibtion  New York … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

My night at the Museum: A look back at the Gotham Groove late shift

A little over three weeks ago, I spent the night at the Museum. Armed with a box of coffee and assorted comfort foods, I clocked in through the employee entrance … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Basement Bathhouse, Rooftop Farm, Symphonies and Scandals in Between

What do Stravinsky, the Black Sox, Bette Midler, and a swinger’s club have in common? At one point they were all inside New York City’s Ansonia Hotel. The Ansonia was … Continue reading

November 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Civil Rights in Brooklyn: Behind the Scenes, New York at its Core

In our 21st century world of Twitter feeds, Facebook updates, Snapchat, Instagram, live blogging, and viral videos, it is sometimes hard to remember a time in which we were not … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

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