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Macy's Sunday Story Time: Mermaids on Parade

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Sun, June 22nd, 2014 | 11:30 am

Recommended for ages 3–7. 

Where can you flip your fins and jump, dance, and stroll? Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, of course! Celebrate summer by learning about this artistic parade’s history.

Mermaids on Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.

 

Docent Led Gallery Tour of Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York

Fri, August 9th, 2013 | 1:00 pm

EVENT DETAILS

The New-York Historical Society offers a variety of exceptional group tours of our special exhibitions. Now individuals also can enjoy an in-depth exploration of the exhibition Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York with one of our curator-trained docents. For one low price you will receive a tour ticket and all-day museum admission!

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Mermaids on Parade

Sun, June 23rd, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7. Free with Museum admission.

Hear tales of New York and learn about your city’s history in these stories for young children. Themes are related to New York and American history, current holidays, and New-York Historical Society exhibitions.

Where can you flip your fins and jump, dance, and stroll? Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade, of course! Celebrate summer by learning about this artistic parade’s history.

Mermaids on Parade by Melanie Hope Greenberg

 

Swing Time: Times Square and Coney Island

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, May 2nd, 2013 | 6:30 pm

EVENT DETAILS

In this lecture and slideshow, presented in anticipation of the new exhibition Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York, architectural historian Barry Lewis explores two major entertainment centers that were emerging in New York in the 1930s: Times Square and Coney Island. Marsh was fascinated by urban daily life, and in Manhattan and Brooklyn, these two public spaces provided the backdrop for the social lives of many New Yorkers.

Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York

Jun 21 2013 - Sep 1 2013

With his calligraphic brushstrokes and densely cluttered, multi-figured compositions, Reginald Marsh recorded the vibrancy and energetic pulse of New York City. In paintings, prints, watercolors and photographs, he captured the animation and visual turbulence that made urban New York life an exhilarating spectacle. His work depicted the visual energy the city, its helter-skelter signs, newspaper and magazine headlines and the crowded conditions of its street life and recreational pastimes.

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), Twenty Cent Movie, 1936. Egg tempera on composition board, 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase 37.43 © 2011 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Reproduction, including downloading this work, is prohibited by copyright law without written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

His subjects were not glamorous or affluent New Yorkers, but those in the middle and lower class—Bowery bums, burlesque queens, Coney Island musclemen, park denizens, subway riders and post-flapper era sirens. Marsh was fascinated by the crass glamour, gaudiness and sexuality these city inhabitants exhibited in public, as well as by the humanity expressed by those living under severe economic and social duress.

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