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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

On Roots & Revival: Interview with Folk City Curator Stephen Petrus

Folk City curator Stephen Petrus, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral fellow at the City Museum from 2012–2015, talks about his Hungarian roots, growing up with Dylan, and the mythology of the … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Rainforest Ramblin’: Or a Day in the Life of a Museum Registrar

Registrar! Tell us about the time you traveled to the edge of the rainforest to pick up a guitar? “take off your thirsty boots and stay for a while Your … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Banjos, Mandolins, Cats, and Dogs

In the 1950s and 1960s, Sunday afternoons were spirited times in Washington Square Park.  For several hours folk singers, accompanied by enthusiasts, performed in the public space.  In a convivial … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 6 Comments

Reblog via Untapped Cities ~ Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks, Interview with the Curators

On April 21, 2015, the Museum of the City of New York will open Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks, exploring how the pioneering landmarks legislation, passed in 1965, … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Mash-Up

Hip-Hop Revolution, opening at the City Museum tomorrow, April 1, 2015 showcases the work of New York-based photographers Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper, who chronicled the evolution of … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 4 Comments

Spring Exhibition Preview: Saving Place

An exhibition like Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks is not only the kind of thought-provoking show the Museum of the City of New York is adept … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beyond Digital: The Photographs of Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao

At the turn of the 20th century Kodak famously marketed their easy to-use-cameras with the slogan, “You press the button, we do the rest.” Today, digital cameras have made it … Continue reading

January 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Jack Stewart and the documentation of early graffiti writing

When graffiti first began to appear on subway cars in New York City in the late 1960s, Jack Stewart (1926-2005) became one of the first, along with Jon Naar, to photograph … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Under the Vault: Behind the scenes at the City Museum

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and the Art of Structural Tile opened to the public at the Museum of the City of New York on March 26 and runs through … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

“I have seen the future:” Norman Bel Geddes and the General Motors Futurama

Regular followers of this blog will recognize the button featured at the right from one of our earlier posts about the Museum’s New York World’s Fair collections.  Visitors to the … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 12 Comments

Harry Harkness Flagler House Chandelier

Object conservation presents an opportunity to learn about aspects of an object’s history that cannot always be revealed by researching secondary sources.  Conservation done for the re-installation of a chandelier … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Building an Exhibition: Behind the Scenes at the Museum of the City of New York

Behind the Scenes at the Museum of the City of New York Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers showcases innovative design solutions to better accommodate New York City’s … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

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