Where the past informs the future.
A Statement from Museum of the City of New York
Over the past week, we have all seen a deepening of our national trauma. The unconscionable deaths of George Floyd and others continue and amplify a long history of racism, injustice, inequality, and violence. They come at a moment when the global pandemic is having a particularly devastating impact on Black and brown communities. We condemn bigotry, police brutality, and the senseless loss of life, and we stand together with the Black community and all those searching for a more peaceful, safe, just, and equitable world.
The collective anger, protests, and demands for change at this critical moment draw on legacies rooted in the long history of the fight against racism in our city and nation. These are topics that the Museum has worked hard to illuminate over many years, in exhibitions such as "Activist New York" – including in its content on The Movement for Black Lives and The Young Lords and health equity -- "King in New York," and "New York at Its Core," among many others. We believe deeply in the heightened importance of that work at this moment.
We commit to continuing to share stories that shine a light on New York’s history of diversity, struggle, resilience, and reinvention. We likewise commit to fighting discrimination and promoting inclusion, equity, and accessibility within our own institution and community, striving to contribute to a better future for all New Yorkers.
William C. Vrattos
Whitney W. Donhauser
Ronay Menschel Director & President
📷 “Black Today (When Living is a Protest),” Ruddy Roye, 2015. Courtesy of Ruddy Roye
Teachers and educators: Registration is open now for our virtual professional development course. Discover hidden voices that shine a light on New York’s array of diverse communities and neighborhoods. https://bit.ly/2McEvL2
Examine the past, present, and future of the city through the lives of individual New Yorkers in this P Credit course for educators.
Bask in the glow with this #MuseumMomentofZen.
📸: Wurts Bros. (New York, N.Y.), Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, 1964, X2010.7.1.15903
If you're missing baseball, Yankee Stadium, and other NYC landmarks, check out #NewYorkFromHome. Along with our friends Urban Archive, we're bringing you a virtual city tour: https://bit.ly/3bWk5AF
📸: Frank Bauman, Look magazine, 1955, X2011.4.6147-55
Who are the champions and change makers emerging in your community during this crisis? Nominate them at mcny.org/changemakers through June 1. Then, join us June 10 as we honor New York's resilience and some of the incredible individuals stepping up around our city.
📸: Austin Wideman
It's #NationalSunscreenDay - hope these beachgoers got the memo.
📸: Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., Orchard Beach, 1938, 184.108.40.20606
RIP #LarryKramer, whose art and activism inspired countless advances within the LGBTQ community in New York and around the world, and whose often provocative views and strategies are highlighted in our exhibition New York At Its Core. As NYC confronts another epidemic, his potent words take on new meaning: “Don’t lose that anger. Just have a little more patience and forgiveness. For yourself as well.”
He worked hard to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency. But his confrontational approach could sometimes overshadow his achievements.
#OnThisDay 90 years ago the Chrysler Building opened to the public.
📸: Alfred Mainzer, Curt Teich & Co., Chrysler Building at Night, New York City, 95.120.4E
How will future generations remember the pandemic? The New York Times examines how museums are documenting and collecting objects in response to coronavirus. Sean Corcoran, our curator of prints and photography, shared some of our own efforts. https://nyti.ms/2THphld
Wanted: Artifacts that show how Americans navigated the Covid-19 crisis. The trick is determining what’s historically valuable.
Celebrate New York's resilience and honor the champions and change makers stepping up during the COVID-19 crisis. Tune in live on June 10 for performances, touching stories, and stories that honor our city - past, present, and future. https://bit.ly/2TEW1LM
Join us, virtually, as we pay tribute to the countless acts of heroism – great and small – across the five boroughs.
In 1873, New York was the first state to designate #MemorialDay as a legal holiday. NYC features many military memorials across the five boroughs, including the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside Park, New York.
📸: Curt Teich & Co., Union News Company (New York, N.Y.), ca. 1920, 97.59.43
It's the unofficial start of summer. Hope you're staying cool. ☀️ 🌡️
📸: Edmund Vincent Gillon, ca. 1977, 2013.3.2.2199
We remember and honor all of the incredible service men and women.
📸 Andrew Herman/Federal Art Project, Union Square. 1940. 220.127.116.11
Our lives in New York have changed dramatically over the past several weeks. We want to hear your perspective.
What are some of the things you're seeing from your window? Comment here or share your view! #MyNYCPerspective
📷 ©gudrungeorges - submitted via #CovidStoriesNYC
Cheers to the unofficial start of summer and a very special #MuseumMomentofZen.
📷 Sid Grossman (1915-1955), Federal Art Project, Swimming Pool and Children. 1939 Museum of the City of New York 18.104.22.168
Whether it's a rooftop, fire escape, stoop or terrace, New Yorkers always seem to be able to carve out a spot to soak in some ☀️ . Where will you be commemorating 🇺🇸 Memorial Day Weekend 🇺🇸 (while social distancing, of course)?
📷 Wurts Bros. (New York, N.Y.) 400 East 59th Street. Apartments, rooftop with Mrs. Newstead. 1941. Museum of the City of New York X2010.7.1.8029
Tune in here today at 1PM for "Curators from the Couch" - a livestream conversation between MCNY's curator of prints and photography Sean Corcoran and photographers Val Rizzo and Ruben Natal-SanMiguel, discussing #CovidStoriesNYC and the role of photography in documenting the coronavirus pandemic.
📷 Valery Rizzo, "The New Normal" 2020
Who couldn't use a vacation right now?
We're packing our bags and heading off (virtually) to ports near and far, along with Museum friends including John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; U.S. Botanic Garden; and more. Follow #MuseumVacation for some serious day-off vibes.
📷 Byron Company (New York, N.Y.) Ships, S.S. Rotterdam, Holland America Line, ca. 1932 Museum of the City of New York 22.214.171.12475
Do you know a champion or changemaker from your community during the #Covid19 crisis? Nominate them as part of our effort to document this pivotal moment for our city. https://www.mcny.org/changemakers
Who is making a difference in your community during the COVID-19 crisis? Share them with us and help us preserve their stories at the Museum.
"Just after weeks of only going into Central Park to keep sane, I decided to walk south into midtown and below with a friend just to see what was open and what was going on. Was amazed how few people, even on a beautiful day, were in the streets. It's a people-less vision of NYC I've only seen in snowstorms in the middle of the night." - NYC photographer @RussRowland muses about this photo, shared with us via #CovidStoriesNYC.
This Thursday (May 21) at 1PM, tune in to the second episode of "Curators from the Couch" -- our new livestream program featuring MCNY curators in conversation with artists and influencers. Curator of Prints and Photography Sean Corcoran leads this chat with local photographers Valery Rizzo and Ruben Natal-San Miguel about the Museum's #CovidStoriesNYC open call and the overall experiences of photographing NYC on pause, https://bit.ly/3bHkOFl
Sean Corcoran, curator of photography, will join photographers who have submitted their images to #CovidStoriesNYC, which is MCNY's initiative to document the perspectives and stories happening around New York during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today is 'National No Dirty Dishes" day -- time to give yourself a break from that constantly regenerating pile of plates and step away from that sink, sponge, and scrubber.
📷 Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine, "Walter Cartier, Prizefighter of Greenwich Village [Walter Cartier helping his aunt wash dishes.)" 1948. ©SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York. X2011.4.11122.127F
#OnThisDay: The New York Stock Exchange was formed in 1792 under the Buttonwood Agreement. 🏛️
📸: Geo. P. Hall & Son, H. C. Leighton Co., New York Stock Exchange., ca. 1906, X2011.34.1739
Join Музей Москвы for the Night of Museum Journeys, an international tour of city museums across the globe. Directors, curators, and guides from 25 museums, including Museum of the City of New York, will share short videos of iconic exhibitions. Museum of Moscow will stream live on Instagram: https://bit.ly/3bBeuiP
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Imagine working from home on this computer.
📸: Wurts Bros. (New York, N.Y.), ca. 1962, X2010.7.1.10221
Close your eyes for a #MuseumMomentofZen, wherever you are. 😌
📸: Andrew Herman, Federal Art Project, 1939, Boardwalk Sunbath, 126.96.36.199
City of rising waters: Artists and organizers came together to discuss creative approaches to climate change. For #ClimateMW, revisit this powerful discussion: https://bit.ly/2Z7QOzN
"City of Rising Waters: A Symposium" took place on October 22, 2017 To mark the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy -- a watershed moment for New Yorkers' ...
Bronx Zoo opened in 1899 and over the decades, residents of Bronx neighborhoods have sometimes drifted off to sleep to the growls of lions! 🦁
See some of your favorite NYC destinations with our #NewYorkFromHome digital tour on Urban Archive. https://bit.ly/3bWk5AF
📸: Edmund Vincent Gillon, Elephants and Elephant House, Bronx Zoo, 1975, 2013.3.1.884
Chef Pierre Thiam, who spoke at the Museum for our Unexpected Pairings series, demonstrates how to make fonio.
Cartoonist Roz Chast joined MCNY for a virtual conversation about her work. Chast's depictions of anxiety-riddled city-dwellers and their quirky and relatable tendencies are a perfect fit for our present moment. She discussed some particularly timely examples of her art with Fran Rosenfeld, the Museum's Director of Public Programs and curator of the 2016 MCNY exhibition Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs.
The City We Became: A Conversation with N.K. Jemisin
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