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New-York Historical Society Travels to Florida in January, Sharing Treasures from Its Unsurpassed Collections with Local Museums

NEW YORK, NY, January 6, 2014 – This month, the New-York Historical Society flies south for the winter, bringing its great collections and unique perspective on American art and history to Palm Beach residents and visitors. As part of the institution’s robust international outreach initiative Sharing a National Treasure: The Linda S. Ferber Traveling Exhibition Program, three special exhibitions will examine the architecture and streetscapes of the New York neighborhood of Harlem; highlight the rich narratives of 100 notable works of silver; and introduce the Society’s diverse holdings of marine and maritime artworks and artifacts.

Harlem by Camilo José Vergara. South Florida Fair, West Palm Beach, Florida, January 17 – February 2, 2014

Photographs by MacArthur Foundation “genius award” winner Camilo José Vergara document changes that Harlem sustained over the last decades of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first century. Revealing a significant American story, the photographs bear witness to one of the nation’s most vibrant and famous neighborhoods. All of these compelling photographs were donated to the New-York Historical Society by the photographer in 2009.

The Coast & the Sea: Marine and Maritime Art in America. The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida, January 25 – March 9, 2014

The Society of the Four Arts will be the first museum to mount this new traveling exhibition, which features more than 60 works from the New-York Historical Society’s important collection of marine paintings and maritime artifacts. Ranging in date from 1750 to 1904, the paintings share a meaningful historical and cultural narrative, reflecting how the early history and culture of the United States are closely bound to the Atlantic and the eastern seaboard of North America.

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York. Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida, January 28 – April 20, 2014

This exhibition will highlight the histories of 100 notable examples of silver from the New-York Historical Society’s collection, ranging from domestic family heirlooms to acknowledged touchstones in the evolution of American silversmithing. Made across the span of four centuries, the objects in the exhibition tell a diversity of stories and speak to themes of individual accomplishment, family pride, silver consumption patterns, technological progress and innovation, rituals of presentation, and the commemoration of great events in peace and war.

About the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society, one of America's pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. 

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as WWII & NYC, Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; Nueva York (1613-1945); Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn; The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision; and The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which is currently on view until February 23, 2014. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world's greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.

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Monday, January 6, 2014
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