panel discussion

When: Saturday, February 10, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Price: Free with Museum admission

As part of the Black Gotham Experience day at the Museum, a panel of experts will discuss early Black communities in New York City.

Dating back to the 1600’s, before New York was New York, free and enslaved residents of African descent were integral contributors to the growing metropolis. As we take a look back at early Black communities such as New Amsterdam, Weeksville, and Seneca Village in the 17th through 19th century, join a lively conversation with Dr. Prathibha Kanakamedala, curator of In Pursuit of Freedom, Kamau Ware, Founder of the Black Gotham Experience, and professor Dr. Deborah Gray White to make connections between these legacies through today. Moderator Sarah Seidman will guide a conversation to unpack the the daily lives, means of organization, and early efforts for Black liberation.

This panel is part of a larger program, which includes a performance by The American Slavery Project at 11:00 am. Learn more.


About the Moderator:

Dr. Sarah Seidman is the Puffin Foundation Curator of Social Activism at the Museum of the City of New York. She curates the ongoing exhibition Activist New York, and has also curated Beyond Suffrage and King in New York at the Museum. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and an M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University and a B.A. in American Studies from Wesleyan University. Her research centers around questions of political culture, race, and social movements in the United States and the world. She has received fellowships from the University of Rochester, New York University, and the American Council of Learned Societies, and her writing has appeared in the Journal of Transnational American Studies and The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, among other places.

About the Panelists:

Dr. Prithi Kanakamedala specializes in the Black Atlantic during the long  nineteenth century. Her more recent scholarship examines New York’s free black communities. She has published on a number of topics including black identity in nineteenth century transatlantic performance culture, New York’s cultural heritage, and the labor history of the Brooklyn Bridge. Dr. Kanakamedala is a committed public historian and served as both historian and curator for In Pursuit of Freedom (www.pursuitoffreedom.org), a partnership of Brooklyn Historical Society, Weeksville Heritage Center, and Irondale Ensemble Project. The project traced Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement. She continues to work with a number of non-profits including City Lore/ Place Matters and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She received her PhD in Atlantic Studies from the University of Sussex, England and is originally from Liverpool, England.

Kamau Ware (b. 1974) is a Brooklyn-based visual artist born in Pittsburgh, PA. His work focuses on visual storytelling by using photography, history, and fantasy to produce moving narratives about people and spaces. His works include America: The Legacy of African American Legacy, Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY (2016); #INSIDEBLACKGOTHAM, Civil Service Cafe, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Exposed, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2014); and Bed Stuy Story, Warehouse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2014).

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Howl Happening Opening Night Sept. 10th

Sep. 10 – Oct. 06, 2017
56 Bleecker Gallery and Late 80s New York
Presented by Some Serious Business
and Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project

Lust of glory pricked their hearts up, dread of shame
Struck them tame;
And that glory and that shame alike, the gold
Bought and sold.
-Robert Browning, Love Among The Ruins

Let’s also say that change is neither good or bad. It simply is. It can be greeted with terror or joy. A tantrum that says, ‘I want it the way it was’ or a dance that says, ‘Look, it’s something new.’
–Don Draper, Mad Men (AMC)

Some Serious Business and Howl! Happening are pleased to present Love Among The Ruins, co-curated by Susan Martin, founding director of Some Serious Business; Bill Stelling, 56 Bleecker gallery director and founder of the groundbreaking FUN Gallery with Patti Astor; and artist Maynard Monrow. All three curators were close friends of Dean Rolston, co-owner of 56 Bleecker who serves as inspiration for the exhibition.

Artists in this retrospective include:
Austė, Suzanne Anker, Donald Baechler, Sylvie Ball, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Beck, Bill Beckley, Mike Berg, John Bowman, Jeff Carpenter, Stefano Castronovo, George Condo, Arch Connelly, Bruce Conner, Scott Covert, Ingrid Dinter, Arnold Fern, Vincent Gallo, Graham Gillmore, Allen Ginsberg, Nan Goldin, Eric Goode, Robert Hawkins, Roberto Juarez, Scott Kilgour, Ruth Kligman, Norman Korpi, Joyce Kozloff, Tseng Kwong Chi, David LaChapelle, Greer Lankton, Claire Lieberman, Daniel Mahoney, Frank Majore, Fidel Márquez, Sylvia Martins, McDermott & McGough, Taylor Mead, Nicholas Mouffarrege, David Nelson, Felix Pène du Bois, Jeff Perrone, Elizabeth Peyton, William Rand, Elaine Reicheck, Rene Ricard, Bill Rice, Alexis Rockman, Nicolas Rule, Vittorio Scarpati, Bruno Schmidt, Jo Shane, Mark Sink, Stephen Sprouse, Ken Tisa, Noel Vietor, William Wegman, Dondi White, Martin Wong, Thomas Woodruff, and Jimmy Wright.

56 Bleecker Gallery held a unique position in the late 80’s art world. Part serious gallery, part happening, the space was a scene that reflected the explosive intersection of art, performance, music, fashion and the incredible nightlife culture of that era.

Featuring many of the most cutting edge artists of the time, such as Stephen Sprouse and David LaChapelle, it also presented rigorously serious shows of artists like Bruce Conner and Elaine Reichek. The space was a forum for nightclub impresario Eric Goode to produce an installation that was a window into his future endeavors. Taylor Mead directed the gallery’s historic performance of Jackie Curtis’ Glamour, Glory and Gold featuring legendary actors Ondine, John Heys, Penny Arcade, Harry Koutoukas and Margot Howard-Howard.

56 Bleecker was a ‘scene’ as much as a venue for art. Openings featured guests as diverse as Stavros Niarchos, Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Fab 5 Freddy and Henry Geldzahler. Rene Ricard held court in the famous ‘Tin Room,’ anointing those in favor and banishing his enemies to NoHo Star.

While it was a time of enormous creativity, it was also one of deep sorrow. The exhibition will touch upon the impact of AIDS on our community.

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When: Wed., July 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm

In honor of the 2017 New York State Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, Humanities New York invites you to converse with a panel of women from the fields of journalism, history and community organizing to look back on the history of women’s rights and discuss what’s next.

Our panelists are Tamika Mallory, one of the co-chairs of last January’s Women’s March; Jessa Crispin, author of Why I Am Not a Feminist; Kim Phillips-Fein, Associate Professor of American History at New York University; and Sarah Seidman, historian and curator at the Museum of the City of New York. Jia Tolentino of The New Yorker will moderate. Presented in Partnership with the National Park Service and the Museum of the City of New York.

Complimentary refreshments prior to the event.

Presented in partnership with National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy and the Museum of the City of New York.

Federal Hall
26 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005



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Digging the Moment: Reports from the Field
Wednesday, Apr. 20 at 6:30 pm

Join the intrepid urban archaeologists of New York City for an evening of enlightening and entertaining presentations. Discussion topics include evidence of a Jack the Ripper suspect, archaeology in a fourth grade classroom, and a survey of an abandoned homeless encampment at Pelham Bay Park.

Jessica Striebel MacLean, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University’s Dept. of Anthropology
Meredith Linn, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College
Courtney Singleton, Graduate Student, Columbia University’s Dept. of Anthropology
Miriam Sicherman, Teacher, Children’s Workshop School
Elizabeth Meade, Technical Director and Archaeologist at AKRF, Inc.

$12 & up for non-members
FREE for City Museum Members…

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2/23: Accompanying the exhibition of Jacob A. Riis
works at Museum of the City of New York is an event on Tuesday, February
23, 6:30pm, at which a panel of fine photographers will discuss how social
conscience, so central to Riis' work, informs their own. $16

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From “New York’s Most Useful Citizen” E-Mail Newsletter from Museum of the City of New York:

Now on View

Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half

His images still shock – and demand our attention. Through his pioneering photojournalism, Jacob A. Riis illuminated the squalid living conditions of New York City’s poor, from the cellars of Ludlow Street to the barracks of Mott Street at the turn of the 20th century.

Our Riis retrospective opened this week to critical acclaim, and serves as a precursor to Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy, with Riis as one of the city’s early champions of housing reform. His photos, articles, and illustrated lectures of the slums prompted fellow reformer Theodore Roosevelt to call Riis “New York’s most useful citizen.” They also provide a unique lens for viewing New York’s persistent, ongoing struggles with inequality.

This is the first major retrospective of Riis’s photographic work in the U.S. in more than six decades, and for the first time unites his photographs and his archive, which belongs to the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. Plan your visit.

Riis Photo Collection

Our Jacob A. Riis Collection encompasses more than 1,000 photos and serves as the sole archive of Riis’s images. Browse the collection.

New Book Release
Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half

The first comprehensive study and complete catalogue of Riis’s world-famous images, curator Bonnie Yochelson’s newly released book places him at the forefront of early-20th-century social reform photography. It is the culmination of more than two decades of research on Riis, assembling materials from five repositories (the Riis Collection at the Museum of the City of New York, the Library of Congress, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, and the Museum of South West Jutland, Denmark) as well as previously unpublished photographs and notes.Price: $65
Members save 20%

Upcoming Jacob A. Riis Public Programs

Examining Urban Poverty Today, A Century after Riis

Weds., Nov. 4, 6:30 pm

Join us for a panel exploring the legacy of Riis’s journalism and photography on the work of contemporary activists committed to raising public consciousness about urban poverty. Panelists include historian and Riis expert Daniel Czitrom leads a discussion with New York Times journalist Andrea Elliott, Mark Levitan, formerly of the Center for Economic Opportunity, Nancy Wackstein of United Neighborhood Houses, and historian Craig Steven Wilder.
Tickets: FREE for members, $12 & up for all others

Danish Modernity: Jacob Riis and Vilhelm Hammershøi in 1900

Mon., November 16, 6:30 pm

Join two art historians and experts on Riis and Hammershøi, Bonnie Yochelson (exhibition curator) and Thor Mednick, for an exploration of their work. After their presentations, Danish Ambassador Anne Dorte Riggelson will lead a conversation about Riis and Hammershoi’s contrasting lives and perspectives.
Tickets: FREE for members, $12 & up for all others

A Victorian Christmas Magic-Lantern Show with the American Magic-Lantern Theater

Sun., Dec. 6, 3:00 pm

Celebrate this holiday season with a magic lantern performance – a technique used by Jacob Riis – that features Hans Christian Anderson’s famous Christmas story, “The Little Match Girl,” and holiday carols like “O Holy Night.” Perfect for families with kids ages 6 and up.

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New York: THE SALON: Playboy Swings – an Antique Cocktail Party

October 2 from 7pm Playboy Club recreation party at the Players Club. Description of the party-for-pay at Best Events NY:

An exclusive Antique Cocktail party celebrating the Playboy Clubs of the 1960’s with live music, DJs, classic burlesque, bunnies, and antique cocktails (made from unopened vintage bottles of 1960s spirits), in honor of the book release of “PLAYBOY SWINGS: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face of Music” by Patty Farmer and Will Friedwald.

Our “Mansion” is the beautiful & historic olde-world private club, The Players. Like each Playboy Club of the era, guests receive a key upon arrival and have three rooms to frolick, dance and imbibe – THE PLAYPEN, THE LIVING ROOM, and THE LIBRARY. …

Dancing, Burlesque, and Live Music

* Matthew Piazzi and The Debonairs (8:30-11:45pm)
1950’s & 1960’s Doo Wop, 50’s pop, Rhythm & Blues and Soul, vocalist Mr. Piazzi was also a Top 10 Finalist on “America’s Got Talent”

* DJs Jack Fetterman & Gina of the Jungle
Spinning music of the 1950s and 60’s including Exotica, Bachelor Pad, Electrolounge, Bossa Nova, and similarly sultry soundtracks.

classic burlesque by
* Gal Friday
* Hazel Honeysuckle
* VooDoo Onyx

* Vintage GoGo Dancing Bunnies!
* BUNNY HOP lesson by Bunny Voon!

Lounging and Live Music

* Alexis Cole – pianist & singer
* Eric Yves Garcia – pianist & singer

Conversation, Cabaret and Live Music

* Playboy Swings Panel Discussion (7:30-8:15pm)
Moderated by preeminent Jazz scholar and co-author of PLAYBOY SWINGS, Will Friedwald will discuss with special guests the Playboy Clubs and how they influnced the music and culture of the era.

* The Hef-Tones (9:00pm-12:15am)
An all star band playing music of the era including Jazz, Soul, Broadway, Cabaret, The Great American Songbook, and more featuring Jon Weber on piano, Thomas Beckham on vibes, and more.

guest vocalists:
* Lianne Marie Dobbs
* Christine Pedi Show Biz
* Brianna Thomas


* Velvetina Taylor
* Karina Libido

guest bartenders mixing the Antique Cocktails
DAMON DYER – Clover Club, Rum House, Flatiron Lounge

In addition to the Antique Bar, a full ‘regular’ bar will be serving on each floor all night. No food will be served at this event.

Following our sold out MAD MEN party last Spring, we’re offering a classic cocktail menu made from unopened bottles of vintage 1960’s liquor – the same stash used as props on the set of MAD MEN (and purchased directly from the props department by Edgar Harden of Old Spirits Company). The cocktail menu is designed based on drinks served at the early Playboy Clubs. In addition to these full-size antique cocktails, straight pours of select antique spirits will also be available neat or on the rocks.

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Late Modern/Post Modern Architecture: The New Frontier
Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 pm

While the preservation of postwar modern architecture is already well established in NYC, late modern and postmodern buildings, landscapes, and interiors have only recently become eligible for landmarks protection. At this panel we’ll explore the complexity of – and controversies over – potential landmarks from this era.

Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, Principal, Selldorf Architects
Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University
John Kriskiewicz, Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design
Michael Gotkin, Landscape architect
Moderated by Paul Makovsky, Editorial & Brand Director, Metropolis magazine 

Reserve Your Tickets
$12 and up
FREE for City Museum Members

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The Reach of the Landmarks Law: A Balancing Act
Thursday, June 18 at 6:30 pm

When New York’s landmarks law took effect 50 years ago, it forever changed the course of the city’s history. But has its proponents’ full vision been realized this past half century? Preservation experts explore the possibilities, limitations, and challenges of the landmarks law at this panel.

Leonard Koerner, Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel, NYC Law Department
Alison G. Greenberg, Partner, Calcagni & Kanefsky
Paul W. Edmondson, Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Sami Naim, Vice President, Law and Policy, Municipal Art Society of New York Michael T. Sillerman, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel
Moderated by Meredith J. Kane, Partner, Paul Weiss

Reserve Your Tickets
$12 and up
FREE for City Museum Members

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Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods
Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen to make affordable housing one of his administration’s chief policy initiatives. “As we invest in more affordable housing,” he said, “we will also work with communities to preserve the fabric of our neighborhoods and invest in things that great neighborhoods need.” Explore the intersections between historic preservation and affordable housing at this panel.

Gale Brewer, Borough President of Manhattan
Ingrid Gould Ellen, Director of the Urban Planning Program & Professor, NYU Wagner
Michelle de la Uz, Executive Director, Fifth Avenue Committee
Moderated by Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director, Historic Districts Council

Reserve Your Tickets
$12 and up
FREE for City Museum Members

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