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Messages for the President-Elect

December 20, 2016
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January 20, 2017
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What’s your message for our incoming president? Stop by the Museum's front entrance on Central Park West to read people's responses and post your own on our front glass wall.

This special installation is inspired by Subway Therapy, created by artist Matthew “Levee” Chavez following the heated 2016 presidential election. With a handful of pens and a few stacks of sticky notes, Chavez invited passersby at Manhattan’s Union Square subway station to express their emotions on the election. What grew could never have been anticipated—it’s estimated that more than 20,000 sticky notes were posted in the station.

New-York Historical Society has partnered with Chavez, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority to preserve a selection of the notes from Union Square. Messages for the President-Elect continues the spirit and dialogue of Subway Therapy as part of our History Responds program.

Through this initiative, New-York Historical remains on the forefront of contemporary culture. Its curatorial team mobilizes to preserve objects from spontaneous moments of crisis or exhilaration, such as artifacts related to 9/11, marriage equality celebrations, and the Stonewall Inn vigil for Orlando nightclub shooting victims. New-York Historical acquires and preserves significant items of American cultural history to hold in trust for New Yorkers, such as the Picasso curtain from the recently-closed Four Seasons Restaurant.

Creative: Tronvig Group