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New-York Historical Society Previews Their Winter   ̶ Summer 2023 Exhibitions



New-York Historical Society, has released their Winter   ̶ Summer 2023 Exhibition. The first show is “Crafting Freedom: The Life and Legacy of Free Black Potter Thomas W. Commeraw” fromJanuary 27   ̶  May 28, 2023. This exhibition to bring overdue attention to Thomas W. Commeraw, a successful Black craftsman who was long assumed to be white. Formerly enslaved, Commeraw rose to prominence as a free Black entrepreneur, owning and operating a successful pottery in the city. Over a period of two decades, he amassed property, engaged in debates over state and national politics, and participated in New York City’s free Black community.

The largest presentation of his work to date, the exhibition explores Commeraw’s multifaceted history as a craftsman, business owner, family man, and citizen through approximately 40 pieces of stoneware produced by Commeraw and his competitors between the late 1790s and 1819. Alongside these pieces are the primary documents that enabled historians to reconstruct the arc of his professional career and personal life, and through them convey a deeper understanding of free Black society in New York in the years between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Curated by Margi Hofer, vice president and Museum director; Mark Shapiro, researcher and potter; and Allison Robinson, Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow in women’s history and public history

Kara Walker, Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats, from the portfolio Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005. Smithsonian American Art Museum

Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)February 24   ̶  June 11, 2023For over two decades, Kara Walker has created work that weaves together imagery from the antebellum South, the brutality of slavery, and racist stereotypes. Her works provoke controversy through their use of exaggerated caricatures that reflect long-standing racialized and gendered stereotypes and their lurid depictions of history. In her series of 15 prints, she responds to the two-volume anthology Harper’s Pictorial History of the Great Rebellion first published in 1866, exposing the omission of African Americans from the narrative and urging viewers to consider the continuing legacy of racial stereotyping and violence. To create her prints, Walker enlarged select illustrations from Harper’s and overlaid them with large, stenciled figures. The silhouettes visually disrupt the original scenes and suffuse them with the painful history left out of these illustrations. Traveling from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition has been contextualized by the Center for Women’s History at New-York Historical with images, objects, and documents from New-York Historical’s collections.

Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Coordinated at New-York Historical by Center for Women’s History fellows Allison Robinson, Mellon Foundation postdoctoral fellow in women’s history and public history, and Ksenia M. Soboleva, Mellon Foundation gender and LGBTQ+ history fellow

Osceola Red Shirt (Oglala Lakota) (b. 1976), Genevieve Red Shirt (Rosebud Sioux, Chickasaw, Taíno) (b. 1978), Resilience: Living in a Pandemic since 1492, 2021. Wicket and Craig tooling leather, glass, metal, sweet grass, thread, hand-painted imitation eagle feathers, ermine pelts, red wool, red horsehair, buckskin leather, re-purposed Buffalo felt hat. Collection of Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. and Oscar Tang. Photo credit: @twogunsleather

Nature, Crisis, ConsequenceMarch 31  ̶  July 16, 2023Nature, Crisis, Consequence is a groundbreaking art exhibition that confronts the difficult issue of climate change and its social and cultural impact on different communities across America. Showcasing works drawn primarily from New-York Historical’s permanent collection, recent acquisitions, and loaned works, which collectively span the history of the United States, the exhibition explores subjects ranging from the proto-environmentalism of the Hudson River School to the razing of homes and churches to clear land for Central Park, the environmental and human tolls of the transcontinental railroad, and Indigenous artists’ calls to environmental action.

Exhibition highlights include the five-part series Course of Empire, Thomas Cole’s urgent warning against uncontrolled expansion into the natural world; an arresting seascape by Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee) overlaid by an abstract Pequot/Narragansett pattern which reclaims the present-day New England coast as Indigenous; and a woven ceramic basket by Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock) inspired by the mass fish die-off on Long Island caused by climate change. Curated by Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto, senior curator of American Art at New-York Historical

J. C. Leyendecker (1874–1951), Illustration for Kuppenheimer advertisement (Record Time, Cool Summer Comfort), ca. 1920. Oil on canvas. National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI

Under Cover: J. C. Leyendecker and American MasculinityMay 5  ̶  August 13, 2023The queer artist J. C. Leyendecker (1874–1951) helped shape American visual culture of the early 20th century through his countless illustrations for popular magazines like the Saturday Evening Post and advertisements for consumer goods. His trade character for Cluett Peabody & Company, the “Arrow Collar Man,” was a sex symbol for men and women alike. This exhibition takes a close look at the implications of Leyendecker’s queer gaze underlying the construction of masculinity for the mass market, analyzing his depictions of the male body and his images of male interactions, often of men sharing sexually charged looks.

Under Cover also offers counter-narratives to Leyendecker’s ideal of white, elite, and athletic male beauty, juxtaposing some of his paintings with artifacts, ephemera, and photographs that, for example, depict fashionable African American men during the Harlem Renaissance. Drawing from the National Museum of American Illustration’s extensive collection of Leyendecker materials, the exhibition features approximately 18 paintings as well as advertisements and magazine covers. Guest curated by Donald Albrecht and coordinated by Rebecca Klassen, curator of material culture at New-York Historical

Unidentified maker. Cradle, 1820-1830. Mahogany, brass. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Mrs. Willis Reese, 1978.68a-c

Women’s WorkJuly 2023  ̶  ongoing

What is “women’s work?” How have broad trends in American economic, legal, and political history encouraged women to take certain jobs and restricted them from “men’s work?” How have race, ethnicity, social class, legal status, sexual orientation, and gender presentation impacted these distinctions? In a new exhibition, the Center for Women’s History showcases approximately 45 objects from New-York Historical’s own Museum and Library collections to demonstrate how “women’s work” defies categorization. The items range from a 19th-century mahogany cradle to a 20th-century doctor’s dissection kit to a pinback button with the message “Shirley Chisholm for President.” The exhibition seeks to demonstrate that women’s work has been essential to American society and is inherently political: women’s work is everywhere. Curated by the Center for Women’s History curatorial staff and fellows

Martin Wong (1946–1999), Canal Street, 1992. Acrylic on canvas. New-York Historical Society: Purchase, Watson Fund, 2000.6ab. Courtesy of the Martin Wong Foundation and P·P·O·W, New York

The Collection: New ConversationsAugust 2023  ̶  ongoingWhat new stories can familiar works of art tell? This exhibition reimagines New-York Historical’s permanent collections through novel groupings that seek to complicate the more established meanings of individual objects.

The pairing of Betye Saar’s Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines (2017) with Fred Pansing’s New York Harbor (ca. 1900) takes celebratory narratives of American seafaring and uncovers the  trauma of the transatlantic slave trade. Martin Wong’s Canal Street (1992) and Oscar yi Hou’s Far Eastsiders, aka: Cowgirl Mama A.B & Son Wukong (2021) establish a longstanding lineage for queer Asian diasporic artists in New York City. And the juxtaposition of Thomas Cole’s Course of Empire with works by Josephine Walters and the contemporary Shinnecock artist Courtney M. Leonard calls attention to the racial and gender politics of the Hudson River School landscape tradition. As a whole, the groupings aim to center long-marginalized experiences and prompt a rethinking of both American art and the way museums tell history. Curated by Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto, senior curator of American art

André Chervin and the artisans of Carvin French Jewelers (est. 1954). Rubies des Grenouilles (The Frogs’ Rubies) boudoir lamp. Rubies, emeralds, quarts, fluorite, sterling silver, 18k yellow gold. 8.6 x 4.9 x 4.9 inches. Courtesy Chervin Family

Opulent Imagination: The Objets d’Art of André Chervin and Carvin French JewelersSeptember 8, 2023  ̶  January 28, 2024World-renowned jeweler André Chervin (b. 1927) and his New York atelier, Carvin French, are recognized as masters of fine jewelry-making whose dazzling brooches, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings are sold by Tiffany & Co., Harry Winston, and Cartier. Unbeknownst to his many fans, Chervin has also been designing a personal collection of precious objets d’art over the past several decades. Expressive of his artistic imagination, passion for raw materials and bygone techniques, and fascination with the engineering of clockworks and other mechanisms, these secret treasures have never been shown to the public—until now.

Opulent Imagination introduces Chervin’s miniature masterpieces—one-of-a-kind lamps, clocks, figurines, boxes, personal accessories, and table decorations fashioned from gems such as rubies, diamonds, and sapphires and stones like amethyst, citrine, and quartz—in a dramatic display of approximately 50 jeweled confections made since the 1950s. Curated by Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts and special exhibitions. 

Thomas Moran,Mountain of the Holy Cross1876. Etching. Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, New-York Historical Society

Acts of Faith: Religion and the American WestSeptember 22, 2023  ̶  February 25, 2024The “American West,” as we know it today, emerged during the 1800s in the crucible of US expansion. But what did religion have to do with it? And how did expansion help create the diverse religious landscape of our country today? Investigating the convictions and beliefs that shaped westward expansion throughout the 19th century, Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West takes visitors beyond the mythologized “Wild West” of popular culture and presents a fuller and surprising picture: a West populated by preachers, pilgrims, and visionaries and home to sacred grounds and cathedrals that kindled spiritual feeling from the woodlands of New York all the way to the valleys of California.

The exhibition explores the experiences and traditions of people who, voluntarily or involuntarily, took part in this chaotic and transformative era—including diverse Native peoples, Protestant missionaries, Mormon settlers, Catholic communities, African American migrants, Jewish traders, and Chinese immigrant workers. Among the highlights on view are Robert Weir’s portrait of Sagoyewatha, or “Red Jacket”; a bulto (statue) of San Ysidro Labrador from 19th-century New Mexico on loan from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe; and an emigrant trunk labeled “From Basel to Salt Lake City, Utah” that belonged to a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on loan from the Utah Historical Society. Curated by Marci Reaven, vice president for history exhibitions and Lily Wong, associate curator

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Events In April Bring Easter, Spring and Flowers Galore.



Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.

Join the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire tradition with the Easter Bonnet Parade on Fifth Avenue. There is also the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or right at home the flower show at Macy’s. On select Fridays every month, you can enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Until 4/9: Macy’s Flower ShowThe show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids’ activities.

until 4/23: This is The Orchid Show‘s 20th year. Reconnect with nature while experiencing the picture-perfect beauty of the orchids. On select nights, adults can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.

4/1-30: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, celebrates Japanese culture and the arrival of spring. It features a variety of cultural performances and activities, as well as a small flea market, tea ceremonies, and crafts. The highlight is the magnificent display of cherry blossom trees, with over 200 trees in full bloom. Visitors can admire the pink and white blooms and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Tickets are usually around $40 for adults, though seniors and students get a reduced rate of $35.

4/7-16th: The New York International Auto ShowThe first new york Auto Show took place in 1900, for over 120 years now they have been sharing what’s new and interesting in the auto industry.

4/9: The Easter Parade starts near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, where elaborate bonnets and fashion galore is full frontal.

4/9: “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” comes to MoMA.

4/15: The Tartan Day Parade is an NYC tradition that offers attendees a unique way to celebrate and honor Scottish culture. For the 25th year, there will be bagpipes, dancers, and even Scottish dogs marching in the parade. Attendance is free and open to the public. In addition to the parade, expect a whole week of Scottish-themed events and festivities.

4/15: Pillow Fight in the Park at Washington Square Park.

4/15: The New York Restoration Project is giving out 3,500 free trees to New Yorkers across all five boroughs. To get one of the 3,500 free trees that will be given away, register in advance on this website, where you’ll also get to browse through the current list of distribution dates, times and locations.

4/15 and 29: f the likes of udon, yakitori, ramen, and taiyaki make your mouth water, then mark your calendar for Japan Fes in Chelsea. The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is considered a paradise for Japanese foodies and cultural enthusiasts.

4/16: Holi in The City demands food, music, dance, and fun while embracing people and organizations from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

4/22: Earth Day celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square. There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment. 12-6pm.

4/27: Attend The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

4/27- 30: Antiquarian Book Fair now in its 63rd year, this festival for book collectors at Park Avenue Armory for a full weekend of first editions, maps, manuscripts and other treasures from literary epochs past from nearly 200 exhibitors.


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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Celebrating Hadestown’s 1000th Performance



On Sunday, March 19, 2023, Hadestown celebrated the first day of spring and the show’s recently-achieved milestone of 1,000 performances at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theatre.

The handsome artist with Anais Mitchell

On hand were songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin, Tony Award winner Lillias White, original Broadway cast member Jewelle Blackman as Persephone, Grammy Award winner Reeve Carney as Orpheus, Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt as Hades, and two-time Tony Award nominee Eva Noblezada as Eurydice. were joined by Amelia Cormack, Shea Renne, and Soara-Joye Ross as the Fates. The chorus of Workers is played by Emily Afton, Malcolm Armwood, Alex Puette, Trent Saunders, and Grace Yoo.

The winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hadestown is the most honored show of the 2018-2019 Broadway season. In addition to the Tony and Grammy Awards, it has been honored with four Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Outstanding New Broadway Musical, and the Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical.

Following two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — Hadestown invites audiences on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers, and singers, Hadestown delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.

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The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation’s Golden Age



In the summer of 1941, Walt Disney’s top animator led hundreds of Disney artists out on strike, nearly breaking the studio. This is the true story of those two creative geniuses, plus a corrupt advisor and a mafia gangster, who collided to cause the greatest battle in Hollywood history.

An essential piece of Disney history has been unreported for eighty years.

Soon after the birth of Mickey Mouse, one animator raised the Disney Studio far beyond Walt’s expectations. That animator also led a union war that almost destroyed it. Art Babbitt animated for the Disney studio throughout the 1930s and through 1941, years in which he and Walt were jointly driven to elevate animation as an art form, up through Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia.

But as America prepared for World War II, labor unions spread across Hollywood. Disney fought the unions while Babbitt embraced them. Soon, angry Disney cartoon characters graced picket signs as hundreds of animation artists went out on strike. Adding fuel to the fire was Willie Bioff, one of Al Capone’s wise guys who was seizing control of Hollywood workers and vied for the animators’ union.

Using never-before-seen research from previously lost records, including conversation transcriptions from within the studio walls, author and historian Jake S. Friedman reveals the details behind the labor dispute that changed animation and Hollywood forever.

Join a book talk with the author Jake S. Friedman on March 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at The Lambs, 3 West 51st, 5th floor. The book will be available to be purchased and signed by the author.

Jake S. Friedman is a New York–based writer, teacher, and artist. He is a longtime contributor to Animation Magazine, and has also written for American History Magazine, The Huffington Post, Animation World Network, Animation Mentor, and The Philadelphia Daily News. For ten years he was an animation artist for films and television as seen on Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Saturday Night Live. He currently teaches History of Animation at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The rest of his time he specializes in mental health for the creative psyche.

The moderator will be honorary Lamb Foster Hirsch, a professor film at Brooklyn College and the author of 16 books on film and theater, including The Dark Side of the Screen:Film Noir, A Method to Their Madness: The History of the Actors Studio, and Kurt Weill on Stage: From Berlin to Broadway.

The Cole will be Magda Katz.

More about the book here.

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