Museum Holiday Schedule

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Wednesday, December 24, 10am-3pm and will reopen Friday, December 26, 10am-8pm. For details, please visit our calendar.

Pop Shop Tokyo

Jan 29 2013 - Jul 28 2013

In honor of the installation of the ceiling from Keith Haring’s famous Pop Shop above the admissions area in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, the New-York Historical Society, in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, has created a rotating display devoted to the Pop Shop in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture. The ceiling is a gift from the Haring Foundation, and all items in the Luce Center display are on loan from Foundation.

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1988. Sumi ink on paper. © Keith Haring Foundation

In 1986, internationally famed artist Keith Haring (1958-1990) opened the Pop Shop at 292 Lafayette Street. The following year, Haring collaborated with Japanese film producer Kaz Kuzui, and his American wife, film director Fran Rubel Kuzui on a Tokyo venue, in the Aoyama neighborhood.

Audubon: National Treasures—Birds of Winter for The Birds of America (1827–38)

Jan 7 2013 - Feb 24 2013

Looking at these four watercolors you are enjoying an experience similar to that of John James Audubon’s (1785–1851) original subscribers to The Birds of America (1827-38). The watercolors are rotated on a quarterly basis to limit the potential damage caused by their exposure, ensuring that these national treasures are available to future generations.

With Victor Gifford Audubon (1809–1860)
Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta), Havell plate no. 368, ca. 1836–37
Watercolor, graphite, oil, gouache, black ink, pastel, and black chalk with touches of
glazing on paper, laid on card
Purchased for New-York Historical by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon,
1863.17.368

Right:

Smew (Mergellus albellus), Havell plate no. 347, ca. 1834–35
Watercolor, graphite, pastel, oil, and black ink with scratching out and touches of glazing
on paper, laid on card
Purchased for New-York Historical by public subscription from Mrs. John J. Audubon,
1863.17.347

Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America

Sep 27 2013 - Mar 9 2014

Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America examines the remarkable critical and popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. The exhibition —presenting over sixty works of art as well as period photographs and graphic materials, all from the New-York Historical Society—will investigate the strong cultural and social legacy of the American portrait tradition, with particular emphasis upon the New York sitters so well represented in New-York Historical's rich collection. With the amassing of great fortunes founded on industrial expansion, came the impetus to document the appearance of those who propelled and benefited from burgeoning wealth, thus echoing a cultural pattern reaching back to the colonial era.

Théobald Chartran (French, 1849 –1907), James Hazen Hyde (1876-1959), 1901. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical  Society, Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1949.1

Beauty’s Legacy will include portraits of prominent New York sitters including Emma Thursby, Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Mary Barrett Wendell, Reverend Henry Codman Potter, and Mary Gardiner Thompsonby done by such American artists as John Singer Sargent, James Carroll Beckwith, George Peter Alexander Healy, Daniel Huntington, Eastman Johnson, and Benjamin Curtis Porter.

The Pop Shop: Education

Sep 18 2012 - Jan 13 2013

In honor of the installation of the ceiling from Keith Haring’s famous Pop Shop above the new admissions area in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, the New-York Historical Society, in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, has created a rotating display devoted to the Pop Shop in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture. The ceiling is a gift from the Haring Foundation, and all items in the Luce Center display are on loan from Foundation.

Keith Haring, Fill Your Head with Fun! Start Reading! Poster. 1988. Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation

The latest of these displays to be installed, on view from September 18, 2012 through January 13, 2013, reflects on Keith Haring’s contributions to education, in particular his work in encouraging young people to read. On view will be posters, drawings and T-shirt designs by Haring, photographs by Adam Scull and Tseng Kwong Chi documenting the official launch of a Haring-designed campaign of public service advertisements, newspaper articles, a television interview with Haring, and one of the artist’s journals.

Artistic Detectives

Free with Museum Admission, for ages 5 - 9

Sat, May 5th, 2012 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Sat, June 2nd, 2012 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Every first Saturday!

Look, imagine, draw and create! Families explore history through art making in this educator-led gallery and studio program. Participants will be inspired by different paintings in the galleries and will then create their own personal masterpieces. Space is limited to the first thirty participants. Recommended for ages 5 - 9.

 

Sowing the Word

Title
Sowing the Word
Date 
1868
Medium 
Oil on linen
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of the Estate of Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes
Object Number 
1948.158
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Last of the Race

Title
The Last of the Race
Date 
1847
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Gift of Edwin W. Orvis
Object Number 
1931.1
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

The Cavalier's Return

Title
The Cavalier's Return
Date 
1847
Medium 
Oil on canvas
Credit Line 
New-York Historical Society, Bequest of Kate Warner
Object Number 
1914.2
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Historical Fictions: Edward Lamson Henry’s Paintings of Past and Present

Apr 4 2006 - Aug 6 2006

The exhibition, organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, explores how Edward Lamson Henry's (1841-1919) fascination with "historical fictions"

Edward Lamson Henry (1841-1919), Capital and Labor, 1881. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical Society, Gift of George A. Zabriskie, 1940.5

The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution

Oct 11 2013 - Feb 23 2014

Works by Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh will be on display in The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary. In 1913, the International Exhibition of Modern Art came to New York. Organized by a small group of American artists and presented at the Lexington Avenue Armory (and thus nicknamed the Armory Show), it introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture. This exhibition is an exploration of how the Armory Show inspired seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and society.

Marcel Duchamp, (French, 1887-1968), Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), 1912. Oil on canvas, 57 7/8 x 35 1/8 in. Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection, 1950, 1950-134-59 © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris/Succession Marcel Duchamp. Reproduction, including downloading this work, is prohibited by copyright law without written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Armory Show at 100 features approximately 100 masterworks from the 1913 Armory Show that powerfully impacted American audiences. The exhibition includes American and European paintings and sculpture that will represent the scandalous avant-garde and the range of early twentieth-century American art. It will also include historical works (dating through the nineteenth century) that the original organizers gathered in an effort to show the progression of modern art leading up to the controversial abstract works that have become the Armory Show’s hallmark.

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