Alice Austen House Museum

Alice Austen House Museum Alice Austen House keeps alive the daring spirit of early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952) with exhibits and programs in her historic home.
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The Alice Austen House Museum promotes public awareness and scholarly study regarding the life and work of Alice Austen (1866 - 1952). Austen was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers, and over the course of her life she captured about 8,000 images. Though she is best known for her documentary work, Austen was an artist with a strong aesthetic sensibility. Furthermore, s

The Alice Austen House Museum promotes public awareness and scholarly study regarding the life and work of Alice Austen (1866 - 1952). Austen was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers, and over the course of her life she captured about 8,000 images. Though she is best known for her documentary work, Austen was an artist with a strong aesthetic sensibility. Furthermore, s

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It’s #WaybackWednesday  and we're going  way  back to  a June day in 1898 when Alice took this photograph of people walk...
06/16/2021

It’s #WaybackWednesday and we're going way back to a June day in 1898 when Alice took this photograph of people walking along the mall in Central Park.

E. Alice Austen, The Mall, Central Park, 1898. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

It’s #WaybackWednesday and we're going way back to a June day in 1898 when Alice took this photograph of people walking along the mall in Central Park.

E. Alice Austen, The Mall, Central Park, 1898. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

Alice Austen House is honored to partner with worthless studios  and NY PopsUp  as part of The Plywood Protection Projec...
06/15/2021

Alice Austen House is honored to partner with worthless studios and NY PopsUp as part of The Plywood Protection Project to program an outdoor stage designed by Tony DiBernado, which will be installed on the AA House grounds for a period of six weeks: May 12 – June 30 with three distinct performances offered free of charge to the public. All performances will be on the lawn, socially distanced & masked in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
On Juneteenth worthless studios will feature performances by BIPOC and LGBTQ poets and musicians on a stage made from reclaimed plywood. These performances, occurring between 1pm and 4pm, will be produced by NY PopsUp. This plywood was previously used to board up storefronts in NYC during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, but then collected by the organization and distributed to artists to be used for public art. Register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-celebration-at-alice-austen-house-tickets-150582874431

Alice Austen House is honored to partner with worthless studios and NY PopsUp as part of The Plywood Protection Project to program an outdoor stage designed by Tony DiBernado, which will be installed on the AA House grounds for a period of six weeks: May 12 – June 30 with three distinct performances offered free of charge to the public. All performances will be on the lawn, socially distanced & masked in accordance with social distancing guidelines.
On Juneteenth worthless studios will feature performances by BIPOC and LGBTQ poets and musicians on a stage made from reclaimed plywood. These performances, occurring between 1pm and 4pm, will be produced by NY PopsUp. This plywood was previously used to board up storefronts in NYC during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, but then collected by the organization and distributed to artists to be used for public art. Register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/juneteenth-celebration-at-alice-austen-house-tickets-150582874431

Check out this Yahoo News video (and transcript) from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project who helped to amend our Nation...
06/15/2021
NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project ‘Making An Invisible History Visible’

Check out this Yahoo News video (and transcript) from the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project who helped to amend our National Designation to include LGBTQ History as an area of Significance 4 years ago.

https://news.yahoo.com/nyc-lgbt-historic-sites-project-184900359.html

The Stonewall Inn is probably the best known site when it comes to LGBTQ history and activism.  But there are hundreds of other touchpoints in this culture and history that have amazing stories behind them. CBSN New York's Natalie Duddridge reports.

It’s #NaturePhotographyDay! Although Alice is well known for her documentary-style photographs and photographing her fri...
06/15/2021

It’s #NaturePhotographyDay! Although Alice is well known for her documentary-style photographs and photographing her friends she also took a number of photographs of nature like this circa 1890 photograph of a lake in one of her photo albums.

E. Alice Austen, [Lake with Trees], ca. 1890. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

It’s #NaturePhotographyDay! Although Alice is well known for her documentary-style photographs and photographing her friends she also took a number of photographs of nature like this circa 1890 photograph of a lake in one of her photo albums.

E. Alice Austen, [Lake with Trees], ca. 1890. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

Correction this event is FRIDAY june 18th. Have you signed up for our LGBTQ Designation Anniversary Tour with Culture Pa...
06/14/2021

Correction this event is FRIDAY june 18th. Have you signed up for our LGBTQ Designation Anniversary Tour with Culture Pass NYC yet? This Friday June 18th you can join our Executive Director Victoria Munro for a virtual tour of the Alice Austen House to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the amendment of the Alice Austen House national landmark designation to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance. visit https://culturepass.nyc/virtual-programs to register

Correction this event is FRIDAY june 18th. Have you signed up for our LGBTQ Designation Anniversary Tour with Culture Pass NYC yet? This Friday June 18th you can join our Executive Director Victoria Munro for a virtual tour of the Alice Austen House to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the amendment of the Alice Austen House national landmark designation to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance. visit https://culturepass.nyc/virtual-programs to register

Today is #InternationalBathDay and we are celebrating with this photograph of Alice’s dogs Chico and Punch in the bathtu...
06/14/2021

Today is #InternationalBathDay and we are celebrating with this photograph of Alice’s dogs Chico and Punch in the bathtub.

E. Alice Austen, Dogs in Wash Tub, 1887. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

Today is #InternationalBathDay and we are celebrating with this photograph of Alice’s dogs Chico and Punch in the bathtub.

E. Alice Austen, Dogs in Wash Tub, 1887. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

On July 25th at 4 PM you can join @SpotlightTheatresi on our lawn for Fierce Females. ⠀⠀Songs written by fierce female s...
06/13/2021

On July 25th at 4 PM you can join @SpotlightTheatresi on our lawn for Fierce Females. ⠀⠀
Songs written by fierce female singer-songwriters, performed by fabulous females! Featuring songs by; Billie Holiday, Adele, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Madonna, Carole King, and more! Tina Kenny Jones – Musical Director.⠀⠀
Seating limited. Tickets $20, available at spotlighttkts.com

On July 25th at 4 PM you can join @SpotlightTheatresi on our lawn for Fierce Females. ⠀⠀
Songs written by fierce female singer-songwriters, performed by fabulous females! Featuring songs by; Billie Holiday, Adele, Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Madonna, Carole King, and more! Tina Kenny Jones – Musical Director.⠀⠀
Seating limited. Tickets $20, available at spotlighttkts.com

#wordsforthefutureMw from some of our portrait students. #museumweek
06/13/2021

#wordsforthefutureMw from some of our portrait students.

#museumweek

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #artiseverywheremw Alice’s grandfather John Austen put a lot of thought into how he wanted ...
06/12/2021

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #artiseverywheremw Alice’s grandfather John Austen put a lot of thought into how he wanted Clear Comfort to look. He added the front porch and several rooms to the home but he is also responsible for the exterior decoration you can see in this photo. Along with the ornamentation along the roof John added birdhouses to the top of every dormer.

Image: Clear Comfort, 2021.

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #artiseverywheremw Alice’s grandfather John Austen put a lot of thought into how he wanted Clear Comfort to look. He added the front porch and several rooms to the home but he is also responsible for the exterior decoration you can see in this photo. Along with the ornamentation along the roof John added birdhouses to the top of every dormer.

Image: Clear Comfort, 2021.

Posted @withregram • @aliceaustenhouse Join us on June 24th at 6PM for A one-hour panel with virtual tour of Radical Ten...
06/12/2021

Posted @withregram • @aliceaustenhouse Join us on June 24th at 6PM for A one-hour panel with virtual tour of Radical Tenderness; Trans for Trans Portraiture. Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture, on view at the Alice Austen House Museum, highlights photographic work from four trans and non-binary artists whose portrait photography exudes tender intimacy and calls for a radical shift in visibility politics. Guest curator, Dr. Eliza Steinbock, will be joined by participating artist Zackary Drucker for a dialogue about the ways that trans and q***r people use artwork to connect with one another, historically and today. The discussion will be preceded by a guided virtual tour of the exhibition by the Alice Austen House’s Executive Director Victoria Munro.⠀

Hosted by the New-York Historical Society @nyhistory and the American LGBTQ+ Museum @lgbtq_museum in partnership with the Alice Austen House Museum and the Stonewall 50 Consortium. ⠀

Visit https://www.nyhistory.org/programs/radical-tenderness-trans-trans-portraiture?fbclid=IwAR26vUGbRcka7eTslCCD61GaXrKdvLufo5qkg3n-g0I_OOhFfRh0Dup3Qrk to reserve your ticket today!

And for our last #captionthismw post what would you re-caption the darned club as? Current caption: E. Alice Austen, the...
06/11/2021

And for our last #captionthismw post what would you re-caption the darned club as?

Current caption: E. Alice Austen, the darned club, 1891. Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society.

And for our last #captionthismw post what would you re-caption the darned club as?

Current caption: E. Alice Austen, the darned club, 1891. Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society.

Here’s another #CaptionThisMW for you. How you would caption this photograph? Current Caption: E. Alice Austen, [Group s...
06/11/2021

Here’s another #CaptionThisMW for you. How you would caption this photograph?

Current Caption: E. Alice Austen, [Group sitting on porch railing], 1899. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

Here’s another #CaptionThisMW for you. How you would caption this photograph?

Current Caption: E. Alice Austen, [Group sitting on porch railing], 1899. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

Here’s another #CaptionThisMW for you. How you would caption this photograph of Alice, Gertrude and 2 friends in the Cat...
06/11/2021

Here’s another #CaptionThisMW for you. How you would caption this photograph of Alice, Gertrude and 2 friends in the Catskills?

Current Caption: E. Alice Austen, [Dance in an Archway, Catskills], 1899. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

Here’s another #CaptionThisMW for you. How you would caption this photograph of Alice, Gertrude and 2 friends in the Catskills?

Current Caption: E. Alice Austen, [Dance in an Archway, Catskills], 1899. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #CaptionThisMW! How you would caption this photograph of Alice and her friends in their bat...
06/11/2021

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #CaptionThisMW! How you would caption this photograph of Alice and her friends in their bathing suits from our Larky Life Wall?

Image current caption: E. Alice Austen, Group in bathing costumes, 1885. Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society.

Today’s #MuseumWeek theme is #CaptionThisMW! How you would caption this photograph of Alice and her friends in their bathing suits from our Larky Life Wall?

Image current caption: E. Alice Austen, Group in bathing costumes, 1885. Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society.

This Saturday June 12  you can join us on the lawn at 1 PM for The Richmond County Orchestra Clarinet Quartet on the @Wo...
06/10/2021

This Saturday June 12 you can join us on the lawn at 1 PM for The Richmond County Orchestra Clarinet Quartet on the @Worthlessstudios stage designed by Tony DiBernardo (@tony_la_tigre) as part of the Plywood Protection Project! Powered by @ConEdison #ArtsAlFrescoNY series! #PowerToTheArtsNY

Today’s #museumweek theme is #eurekamw and its all about discovery and invention. When we first opened Alice’s scrapbook...
06/10/2021

Today’s #museumweek theme is #eurekamw and its all about discovery and invention. When we first opened Alice’s scrapbook we found these flowers that Alice had pressed inside in the late 1880s!

Today’s #museumweek theme is #eurekamw and its all about discovery and invention. When we first opened Alice’s scrapbook we found these flowers that Alice had pressed inside in the late 1880s!

Today’s #museumweek tag is #childrenseyemw so we thought it would be fun to share a photo from our Pinhole Day event wer...
06/09/2021

Today’s #museumweek tag is #childrenseyemw so we thought it would be fun to share a photo from our Pinhole Day event were we let kids (and adults) use plastic paint containers to take their own pinhole photographs and develop them in our pop-up darkroom.

Image 1: Pinhole photograph with “ghost” image, a faint impression of the subject, made possible due to the long exposure time of a pinhole photograph.
Image 2: in the Pinhole Day Darkroom.

Have you been wondering about the story behind the stage that is on our lawn? Check out the video below from worthless s...
06/09/2021
worthless studios

Have you been wondering about the story behind the stage that is on our lawn? Check out the video below from worthless studios about their Plywood Protection Project. We are so excited to be hosting a piece of this amazing project on our lawn through the end of the month.

https://www.worthlessstudios.org/?ss_source=sscampaigns&ss_campaign_id=60b97101f53452562bf5bbab&ss_email_id=60c0b0de60a5d7485dec1ec5&ss_campaign_name=weekly+worthless+%3A+Behind+the+Scenes+of+The+Plywood+Protection+Project&ss_campaign_sent_date=2021-06-09T12%3A15%3A40Z

Join us on June 20th at 1 PM for a performance of music and dance by the L’unicorns. The first Latinx LGBTQ group on Sta...
06/08/2021

Join us on June 20th at 1 PM for a performance of music and dance by the L’unicorns. The first Latinx LGBTQ group on Staten Island, the @lunicornsny have created a safe space for LGBTQ Latinx immigrants where members can share information, access education, cultural opportunities and critical resources. ⠀

This program is part of our partnership with @worthlessstudios as part of the Plywood Protection Project. ⠀

Powered by @ConEdison #ArtsAlFrescoNY series! #PowerToTheArtsNY

To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lunicorns-performance-and-family-day-worthless-studios-partnership-tickets-150602438949

In 1896 Alice’s friend Maria E. Ward, known to her friends as Violet, published her book Bicycling for Ladies. In the bo...
06/08/2021

In 1896 Alice’s friend Maria E. Ward, known to her friends as Violet, published her book Bicycling for Ladies. In the book are numerous illustrations of the correct and incorrect ways to do certain things. Alice’s photographs served as the basis for these images. For #behindthescenesmw we’re taking you behind the scenes of the process of making these pictures.

You can see here Daisy Elliot on her bicycle held up by a pole and a rock demonstrating the incorrect way of “leaning against an inclination” in the print in the book the pole has been removed.

Image 1: E. Alice Austen, [Daisy Elliott on a bicycle],ca. 1895. Collection of the Staten Island Historical Society and featured on our Bicycling for Ladies panel on view in the Austen dining room. Image 2. From Bicycling for Ladies by M. E. Ward, incorrect position-leaning against the inclination.

Today’s #museumweek subject is #behindthescenesmw this closet served as Alice’s darkroom, it had no ventilation or runni...
06/08/2021

Today’s #museumweek subject is #behindthescenesmw this closet served as Alice’s darkroom, it had no ventilation or running water so Alice was constantly going to the pump outside by the homes kitchen to get the water she needed to work. Alice would work in her darkroom whenever the mood struck her including the middle of the night. Gertrude in an interview in the 1950’s remembered listening to Alice in her darkroom while she was trying to sleep in the bedroom next door.

You can tour Alice’s darkroom and the rest of our permanent exhibition (along with our temporary exhibits) at https://aliceausten.org/exhibitions/

photo of Alice’s darkroom (c) dream overture, 2020.

Today’s #museumweek subject is #behindthescenesmw this closet served as Alice’s darkroom, it had no ventilation or running water so Alice was constantly going to the pump outside by the homes kitchen to get the water she needed to work. Alice would work in her darkroom whenever the mood struck her including the middle of the night. Gertrude in an interview in the 1950’s remembered listening to Alice in her darkroom while she was trying to sleep in the bedroom next door.

You can tour Alice’s darkroom and the rest of our permanent exhibition (along with our temporary exhibits) at https://aliceausten.org/exhibitions/

photo of Alice’s darkroom (c) dream overture, 2020.

You can join us for a Juneteenth Celebration with performances by Pamela Sneed and Andriniki Mattis on the Worthless Stu...
06/07/2021

You can join us for a Juneteenth Celebration with performances by Pamela Sneed and Andriniki Mattis on the Worthless Studios Stage designed by Tony DiBernado as part of the Plywood Protection Project. Powered by @ConEdison #ArtsAlFrescoNY series! #PowerToTheArtsNY
Saturday June 19 at 1 pm.

#onceuponatimemw there was a photographer named Alice Austen and a dance instructor /kindergarten teacher named Gertrude...
06/07/2021

#onceuponatimemw there was a photographer named Alice Austen and a dance instructor /kindergarten teacher named Gertrude Tate who met in the Catskills. The couple traveled extensively in Europe together in the early 1900’s send home postcards of their adventures to their families. They moved in together in 1917 and spent the next 28 years sharing both the good times and the bad in the Austen family home, Clear Comfort. In 1945 (the year after this photo was taken), the couple was forced to leave their beloved home owing to financial troubles which began with the 1929 stock market crash and move to a tiny apartment in the St. George area. Ultimately the couple could not stay in the apartment. Alice signed her remaining possessions over to Gertrude’s name and was admitted to the Farm Colony where Gertrude would visit her several times a week from her sisters home in Jackson Heights. Gertrude outlived Alice by a decade and although the couple intended to be buried together in the Austen family plot this wish was never realized. The home they shared for 28 years is now a Nationally designated site of LGBTQ+ historic significance.

Richard O. Cannon, [Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate], 1944. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

#onceuponatimemw there was a photographer named Alice Austen and a dance instructor /kindergarten teacher named Gertrude Tate who met in the Catskills. The couple traveled extensively in Europe together in the early 1900’s send home postcards of their adventures to their families. They moved in together in 1917 and spent the next 28 years sharing both the good times and the bad in the Austen family home, Clear Comfort. In 1945 (the year after this photo was taken), the couple was forced to leave their beloved home owing to financial troubles which began with the 1929 stock market crash and move to a tiny apartment in the St. George area. Ultimately the couple could not stay in the apartment. Alice signed her remaining possessions over to Gertrude’s name and was admitted to the Farm Colony where Gertrude would visit her several times a week from her sisters home in Jackson Heights. Gertrude outlived Alice by a decade and although the couple intended to be buried together in the Austen family plot this wish was never realized. The home they shared for 28 years is now a Nationally designated site of LGBTQ+ historic significance.

Richard O. Cannon, [Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate], 1944. Collection of the Alice Austen House.

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2 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY
10305

From Manhattan by Staten Island Ferry Subway to South Ferry (1), Whitehall Street (N/R), or Bowling Green Station (4/5) or bus or taxi to: Staten Island Ferry (25 minute ride). At the ferry terminal in Staten Island #S51 Bus to Hylan Boulevard (15 minute ride). Walk one block east to water and house From Manhattan via Brooklyn by car From the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel (toll) or the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge take the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island (right lane on bridge). Take the first exit (after toll), "Bay Street". Continue to the end of street (School Road) then turn left onto Bay Street. Continue to Hylan Boulevard then turn right and follow street to water and house. From New Jersey toll bridges From the Outerbridge Crossing, Goethals or Bayonne Bridge follow signs to Route 278 East. Exit at "Clove Rd./Richmond Rd./Hylan Blvd." Continue on service road (Narrows Road South). Just before the fifth traffic light turn left onto Hylan Boulevard and continue to water and house.

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