Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

Impressions Of New York: Prints From The New-York Historical Society

Nov 4 2004 - Mar 20 2005

As part of its 200th anniversary celebration, the New-York Historical Society presents the exhibition Impressions of New York: Prints from the New-York Historical Society. By picturing over 300 years of New York City's dynamic urban evolution, the exhibition presents more than 100 prints featuring the city's dramatic panoramic vistas, distinctive architecture, memorable triumphs and disasters as well as many everyday occurrences that make up New York City's unique character. The prints will provide a snapshot of the city's history from its colonial beginnings to the thriving metropolis of today. The exhibit will be on view from November 9, 2004 through March 20, 2005.

Nathaniel Currier, First Appearance of Jenny Lind in America, 1850. Hand-colored lithograph. New-York Historical Society

"Impressions of New York is a golden opportunity for the New-York Historical Society to show the world a remarkable selection of prints that bring the story of New York City to life," said Louise Mirrer, President & CEO of the Historical Society.

Remembering The Forgotten Ones: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin

Jun 17 2003 - Oct 12 2005

The New-York Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Remembering The Forgotten Ones: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin, which will be on view from June 17, 2003–October 12, 2005.

Milton Rogovin (b. 1909) is one of this nation's most accomplished and important social documentary photographers, although until now he's remained virtually unknown to the public outside of his adopted hometown of Buffalo, New York. His last New York City exhibition, Lower West Side, was at the International Center of Photography in 1976. At the age of 93 Rogovin continues to document the neighborhoods of Buffalo with passion, artistry and commitment.

The Day Line: Holiday on The Hudson

Jul 1 2005 - Oct 16 2005

The Hudson River Day Line was the favorite way for New Yorkers to travel between Albany and New York City for a day in the country for more than 80 years. The exhibit highlights the Library's collection of photographs, advertising mockups, schedules, guidebooks, menus and other ephemera relating to the Hudson River Day Line, principally between 1890 and 1948.

Petropolis: A Social History of Urban Animal Companions

Jul 15 2003 - Nov 2 2005

The New-York Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Petropolis: A Social History of Urban Animal Companions, which will be on view from July 15 to November 2, 2003. The Humane Society of New York is the Historical Society's institutional partner for this diverting and thought-provoking project, which will trace the history of the relationship between city dwellers and their pets, with an emphasis on New York City over the last two and a half centuries.

Seymour Joseph Guy (1824-1910), Girl and Kitten, ca. 1862. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-18

Curated by New-York Historical Society Public Historian Kathleen Hulser and Associate Curator of Drawings Roberta J.M. Olson, Petropolis will survey the evolution of pets from their early appearances in the New World, where they were still linked to the wilderness or the world of ideas, through their gradual insinuation into the nuclear urban family. In many cases, these four-footed, feathered, or finned creatures, both fancy and quotidian, have displaced human offspring and spouses.

The Landmarks of New York

Dec 14 2012 - Feb 18 2013

The Landmarks of New York is an exhibition which explores the history of New York as revealed by its historical structures. The exhibition’s ninety photographs of New York landmarks, including thirty newly donated by former New York City Landmarks Commissioner Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, are critical documents that chronicle the city’s past from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. As the city grew, single family houses were replaced by apartment buildings and then skyscrapers; agriculture replaced manufacturing, which was supplanted by commerce and the movement of goods and services. All of these structures tell the story of New York’s journey from a small colonized village to a world class city.
 

William Field and Son (firm active late-19th century), New York and Long Island Coignet Stone Company Building, 1872–1873. 360 Third Avenue, Brooklyn. From the book: The Landmarks of New York : an Illustrated Record of the City’s Historic Buildings, by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. Photographer: Luca Vignelli

The city’s landmarks embrace New York’s history as told not only through documents such as those in the collections of the New-York Historical Society but also through the buildings where its citizens have lived, worked, and worshipped; through the parks which have provided respite from the city streets; through public monuments which adorn neighborhoods; and even the cemeteries which tell stories of those buried there.

Beer Here: Brewing New York's History

May 25 2012 - Sep 2 2012

To consider the fascinating yet largely anonymous legacy of beer brewing in New York City, the New-York Historical Society presents Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. This exhibit surveys the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in the city from the seventeenth century to the present.
 

Bar tray, 1900–1930. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Bella C. Landauer, 2002.1.3205

In the past three decades, New York City has become an important center of craft and home beer brewing. While this phenomenon began only after President Jimmy Carter signed into law an act that legalized home-brewing, the growth of New York’s present beer industry also marks the resurgence of a long-standing tradition known to few outside the world of beer aficionados. Beer has been brewed in New York City and State since the days of its earliest European settlement, when it was a vital source of nourishment and tax revenues.

Beauties of the Gilded Age: Peter Marié's Miniatures of Society Women

Nov 11 2011 - Sep 9 2012

Second Rotation: March 13, 2012 - July 8, 2012
Third Rotation: July 10, 2012–September 9, 2012
Between 1889 and 1903, New York socialite Peter Marié (1825–1903) commissioned portrait miniatures of women whom he believed epitomized female beauty. His collection of nearly 300 watercolor-on-ivory miniatures stands today as a vivid document of New York’s Gilded Age aristocracy. Beauties of the Gilded Age presents likenesses of many prominent women of the era, including legendary socialite Edith Minturn, athlete Edith Hope Goddard, and social activist Emeline Winthrop. The fragile and rarely exhibited portraits will be displayed in four-month rotations in a special new gallery designed for intimate viewing.

Fernand Paillet (1850-1918), Lina de Trobriand Post (1867-1951), 1890. Watercolor on ivory. New-York Historical Society, Gift of the Estate of Peter Marié, 1905.259

Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School

Sep 21 2012 - Feb 20 2013

Please note the closing date has been changed from February 21
After a national tour, the forty-five iconic works, including Thomas Cole’s five-part series The Course of Empire and other masterworks by Cole, John F. Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper F. Cropsey, Asher B. Durand and others will once again be on display at the New-York Historical Society. This exhibition showcases the extraordinary depth and richness of the New-York Historical Society’s landscape collections, especially paintings by artists of the Hudson River School. Rising to eminence in New York during the mid-nineteenth century, this loosely knit group of artists, together with like-minded poets and writers, forged a self-consciously “American” landscape vision and literary voice. Both were grounded in the exploration of the natural world as a resource for spiritual renewal and as an expression of cultural and national identity. 

Thomas Cole (1801–1848), Catskill Creek, NY, 1845. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, The Robert L. Stuart Collection, S-157

The Hudson River and the natural wonders along its banks had a long history of associations with earlier inhabitants, including Native Americans, the Dutch, and the British. Key battles of the American Revolution were fought along the river’s course. Such historical associations amid the evocative terrain of the Catskills, Adirondacks, and White Mountains enriched regional sites throughout the Hudson River Valley and New England, inspiring homegrown schools of painting and literature grounded in their scenery and history.

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.

WWII & NYC

Oct 5 2012 - May 27 2013

The Second World War (1939–1945) was the most widespread, destructive, and consequential conflict in history. WWII & NYC is an account of how New York and its metropolitan region contributed to Allied victory. The exhibition also explores the captivating, sobering, and moving stories of how New Yorkers experienced and confronted the challenges of “total war.”
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Irving Boyer, Prospect Park, ca. 1942–1944. Oil on academy board. The New-York Historical Society, Gift of Selwyn L. Boyer, from the Boyer Family Collection, 2002.49

When war broke out in 1939, New York was a cosmopolitan, heavily immigrant city, whose people had real stakes in the global conflict and strongly held opinions about whether or not to intervene. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 brought the U.S. into the war, and New York became the principal port of embarkation for the warfront.

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