Byrdcliffe: An American Arts And Crafts Colony

Mar 5 2005 - May 15 2005

An exhibition that honors one of the most influential arts colonies in the United States is on view at the New-York Historical Society from March 15- May 15, 2005. Produced by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, the exhibition tells the story about this remarkable community that was founded in 1902 and still operates today.

Byrdcliffe is located in Woodstock, NY; a town known for its impact on social change through art, music and non-violent measures. Set against the background of a rapidly changing America, the exhibit concentrates on the arts and crafts created at Byrdcliffe from the colony's earliest days, until the death of co-founder and chief investor Ralph Whitehead in 1929. The colony drew especially large crowds for its 'Maverick' music festivals which were filled uninhibited, bohemian song and dance.

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.

Thou wondrous dizzy pile! Selections from the Cass Gilbert Collection

Sep 27 2005 - Dec 30 2005

Cass Gilbert is perhaps best remembered as the architect of the Woolworth Building, for years the tallest building in the world. Yet his work also included such monumental public buildings as the U.S. Custom House in Lower Manhattan and many state capitols. He created ornate Classical buildings but was also a pioneer of the modern skyscraper. This small exhibition in the library showcases material from the Cass Gilbert Collection from New-York Historical's Library collection. It features early 20th century photographs, drawings, letters, brochures and ephemera from Gilbert's extensive collection of personal and professional papers.

Carry Me Home: Dispatches from the Civil War

Jan 26 2007 - Sep 3 2007

Drawing upon the extensive Civil War collections of the New-York Historical Society, Carry Me Home: Dispatches from the Civil War will explore the ways in which those in the field recorded their experiences, shared information among themselves, and conveyed details back to those on the home front. Throughout the Civil War, soldiers, prisoners and hospital workers documented their experiences by writing letters, keeping diaries and drawing pictures. Their primary audience was family and friends but their outpourings were also attempts to come to grips with what they experienced and, at least in a few cases, conscious efforts to chronicle details for future generations. They were joined in the field by newspapermen, illustrators and photographers, many of whom were assigned to specific units and traveled with the troops, the first generation of  "embedded" journalists.

Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Special Artist of Harper’s Weekly sketching battle field of Gettysburg, 1863. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Elihu Spicer

All these dispatches, whether conveyed through the intimacy of letters, the intention of journalism or with at least a small desire for profit, were dependent on revolutionary developments in technology: the creation of vast networks of railroads, the recent invention of the telegraph, sophisticated printing techniques that made illustrated newspapers possible, and an increased use of cameras. These technological advances lent an immediacy and vividness to the depiction of the war never before possible.


Oct 18 2007 - Oct 24 2007

The New-York Historical Society will project building-sized images of the genocide in Darfur onto the Museum's exterior walls to make a dramatic statement about the need for action in Darfur. Photographs of Darfur, taken by internationally acclaimed photojournalists, will be projected onto the Central Park West side of the Historical Society every night for one week from approximately 5:30 pm until 10 pm beginning Thursday, October 18.

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.

Remembering 9/11

Sep 8 2011 - Feb 5 2012

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11, the New-York Historical Society presents a special exhibition, Remembering 9/11

From Here is New York collection: Gulnara Samoilova, Untitled, 2001. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Here is New York

The exhibition presents a selection of photographs taken by professional and amateur photographers in the immediate aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center (originally collected in the independent exhibition here is new york: a democracy of photographs), as well as letters written to police officers and firefighters; objects that were placed in makeshift shrines around New York; images and texts from the New York Times “Portraits of Grief” series; photographs of the Tribute in Light; and drawings of the National September 11 Memorial, designed by arch

Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon

Nov 11 2011 - Apr 29 2012

Note: This Exhibit will be closed April 21, 2012
The African-American struggle for civil rights is the subject of a series created by British photographer, Platon. Seen through a fresh perspective, Platon’s photographs sensitively capture the dreams, fears, disappointments and triumphs of a people who have striven for decades to overcome hardships and achieve equality in our society. Works in the exhibition include photographs of the Little Rock Nine, Dr. King’s Birmingham prison cell, Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos, Muhammad Ali, and Joseph McNeil and Franklin E. McCain, who were among the students who participated at the famous sit-in for civil rights at the Woolworths in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 1, 1960. (Many of these images appeared in The New Yorker issue of February 15–22, 2010.)

Platon, John Lewis, January 2010. Light jet print. Courtesy of the artist

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.

Civil War Treasures from the New-York Historical Society


Two thousand images highlighting 12 collections of prints, posters, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera relating to the Civil War are featured on the Library of Congress American Memory site. This project (1998–2000) was undertaken in collaboration with NYU and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Click here to view the full collection.

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