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Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture

Museum of the City of New York

Curator Donald Albrecht


New York’s Yiddish Theatre

Museum of the City of New York

Curator Edna Nahshon

In the early decades of the twentieth century, a vibrant theatrical culture took shape on New York City’s Lower East Side. Original dramas, comedies, musicals, and vaudeville, along with sophisticated productions of Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Chekhov, were innovatively staged for crowds that rivaled the audiences on Broadway. Though these productions were in Yiddish and catered to Eastern European, Jewish audiences (the largest immigrant group in the city at the time), their artistic innovations, energetic style, and engagement with politics and the world around them came to influence all facets of the American stage.


Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s
New York

Museum of the City of New York

Curator Sean Corcoran

Jeff Liao creates large-scale panoramas by combining multiple exposures of the same location taken over the course of several hours. The resulting composite photographs are often fantastical; complex, hyper-real views that no single shot—or the eye—could capture. Liao has spent the past decade honing his distinctive style, making images of his adopted city from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island, the old Shea Stadium to the 72nd Street Subway.


Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman, Scoundrel

New York Public Library

Curator Kailen Rogers

Although enormously influential in the political and economic development of the United States, Alexander Hamilton was, until recently, a forgotten Founding Father—the one who never became president, the one who did not live to see 50. The supergraphics sampled from the engraving of Hamilton’s face that appears on the ten dollar bill.


Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival

Museum of the City of New York

In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased singers like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of newcomers, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The multi-media exhibition Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, featuring original instruments, handwritten lyrics, and video and film footage, traces the roots of the revival, its growth in New York, its major players, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s.


Affordable New York

Museum of the City of New York

Curator Tom Mellins

Affordable New York traces over a century of affordable housing activism, documenting the ways in which reformers, policy makers, and activists have fought to transform their city.


100 Years of the Picture Collection: From Abacus to Zoology

New York Public Library

The exhibition celebrates the centennial of the Picture Collection at the New York Public Library. On view until May 15th, 2016.


The life, times, and vision
of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

The mission of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is to operate and maintain the Louis Kahn-designed Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on the southern end of Roosevelt Island, New York, and to develop and present vibrant educational materials that celebrate the life and legacy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. fdr4freedoms has been a multi-year project of the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.

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In Pursuit of Freedom

Brooklyn Historical Society,
Weeksville Heritage Center and
Irondale Ensemble Project

In Pursuit of Freedom is a multifaceted public history initiative that explores the everyday heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement.

This public history project is a partnership of Brooklyn Historical Society, Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project. The project includes exhibits, public programs, an extensive on-line curriculum, an original theater piece by Irondale Ensemble Project, a website (, walking tours and a memorial to Brooklyn Abolitionists that will be part of the new Willoughby Square Park when it opens in 2016.

Sheppard Gallagher

Ileen Sheppard Gallagher

ISG Productions

Projects range from new museums, corporate attractions, and citywide film/media celebrations to exhibitions, special events, the organization of archives, and beyond.