Upcoming Installation

PEN America at 100

July 22, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Explore the powerful story of PEN America and its century of evolution from an intellectual society of literary figures formed in the fragile aftermath of World War I to a force at the forefront of today’s global defense of free expression and celebration of the power of the written word.

Location

1st floor, Leah & Michael Weisberg Monumental Treasures Wall

PEN America at 100 explores the powerful story of PEN America and its century of evolution from an intellectual society of literary figures formed in the fragile aftermath of World War I to a force at the forefront of today’s global defense of free expression and celebration of the power of the written word. This special installation examines the organization’s enduring mission to promote a diverse literary culture and advocate for persecuted writers worldwide. On display are artifacts of PEN America’s work through the decades to convene writers both eminent and emerging, campaign against censorship and book banning, and champion discourse across borders and languages. Esteemed members from Eleanor Roosevelt, Langston Hughes, Arthur Miller, Susan Sontag, and Toni Morrison to today’s President Ayad Akhtar trace PEN America’s history through letters, photographs, prizes, and posters. These archival treasures bring to life a vital literary community united over 100 years to protect essential liberties and honor the creativity they make possible.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media