Category Archives: Exhibitions


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.


Lincoln and the Jews

New-York Historical Society
Shapell Manuscript Foundation

Through never-before displayed original documents, artifacts, photographs, Lincoln’s own writings, and first person accounts primarily from the Shapell Manuscript Collection, the exhibition will trace events in Lincoln’s life through the lens of his Jewish contemporaries, such as Abraham Jonas, who became Lincoln’s political strategist and “most valued friend,” and Issachar Zacharie, his enigmatic confidant.

City as Canvas Exhibition

City as Canvas:
Graffiti Art from the
Martin Wong Collection

Museum of the City of New York

Curator Sean Corcoran

Martin Wong, an East Village artist and collector of graffiti art, amassed a treasure trove of hundreds of works on paper and canvas—in aerosol, ink, and other mediums. The artists, including Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000, were seminal figures in an artistic movement that spawned a worldwide phenomenon, altering music, fashion, and popular visual culture.

The exhibition City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection includes over 150 works on canvas and other media, along with photographs of graffiti writing long erased from subways and buildings.

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The ABC of It:
Why Children’s Books Matter

New York Public Library

Curator Leonard Marcus

The ABC of It draws on collections across the Library to present the literature for children and teens against a sweeping backdrop of history, the arts, popular culture, and technological change. The books and related objects on view reveal hidden historical contexts and connections and invite second looks and fresh discoveries. They suggest that books for young people have stories to tell us about ourselves, and are rarely as simple as they seem.

Keep Calm Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On:
World War II and
the British Home Front,

Norton Museum of Art,
West Palm Beach, Florida

Curator Donald Albrecht

This exhibition explores the impressive gamut of England’s home-front efforts just before, during, and after the war years 1939-1945. While millions of British men and women served in the military overseas, England’s entire creative class mobilized to win the war on the home front. Drawings, posters, photographs, film, furniture, fashion, and more will illustrate how they did so. Included are examples of how

designers created fashions and furnishings to save on essential wartime materials, and injected style and beauty into the harsh realities of wartime life, and how graphic artists and filmmakers produced inspirational work that shaped the nation’s behavior and attitudes, convincing the country, as the era’s most famous slogan urged, to “Keep calm and carry on.” The exhibition is organized into three primary sections: Design for Fashion and Beauty, Design for Shelter and Protection, and Design for Propaganda and Entertainment.


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Lunch Hour NYC

New York Public Library

Curators Rebecca Federman
& Laura Shapiro

Really? Can an exhibition about the history of lunchtime in the city have that much to say? Yes: Going to this show is a bit like heading out to a street cart or a food truck and finding that there is much more to choose from than you thought possible…. It is all playfully and elegantly designed. The Web resources are rich as well, including detailed links to images and invitations to help transcribe menus from the library’s collection.

June 22, 2012
Edward Rothstein
The New York Times

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Designing Home:
Jews and Midcentury Modernism

Contemporary Jewish Museum,
San Francisco

Curator Donald Albrecht

Designing Home was the first exhibition to look at the contribution of Jewish designers, architects, patrons, and merchants in the creation of a distinctly modern American domestic landscape. In the aftermath of World War II, the hub of world Jewry shifted from Europe to America.

The exhibition examined the cultural context in which many Jewish émigré architects and designers from Europe in the 1930–40s were welcomed and embraced into the creative communities that sprang up around the US—including Black Mountain College, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, and even in the Bay Area at Pond Farm in Guerneville. The story told in this exhibition gave remarkable insight into Jewish assimilation into American society. At the same time, Designing Home went beyond a simple exploration of physical Jewish contributions to the history of modern architecture and design—an impact that continues today—to examine broader cultural and social themes. Accompanied by a 184-page catalog.


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Dorothy Draper

The High Style
of Dorothy Draper

Museum of the City of New York

Curator Donald Albrecht

For an exhibition of the life and design of Dorothy Draper we transformed the galleries by painting then in Draper’s signature intense color palette and covering the rotunda walls with a dramatic enlargement of her “manor rose” fabric pattern. Scale-shifts of patterns and imagery were used to create an immersing environment that visitors could enjoy on multiple levels. In the main gallery, we built a faux perspective floor and an arcade of Hampshire Houtel doors to convey the exuberance and grand scale of her projects.

Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton:
The New York Years

Museum of the City
of New York

Curator Donald Albrecht

From the 1920s through the ‘60s, Manhattan’s artistic and social circles embraced British-born photographer and designer Cecil Beaton (1904-80). Cecil Beaton: The New York Years brings together extraordinary photographs, drawings, and costumes by Beaton to chronicle his impact on the city’s cultural life. Beaton’s relentless energy and curiosity spurred him to pursue new fields, from fashion and portrait photography to costume and scenic design for Broadway, ballet, and opera, and to put his own aesthetic stamp on each of these endeavors.