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Museum of the City of New York

Explores the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrate its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation – enables us to present a variety of exhibitions, public programs, and publications, all investigating what gives New York its singular character.

Information

Location

1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Directions

6 Train to 103rd Street; walk three blocks west
2, 3 Train to 110th Street; walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 103rd Street

Hours

Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost

Suggested $6 with college ID

Website

http://www.mcny.org

 

Current Exhibitions

LONDON STREET PHOTOGRAPHY (On Continuous View)
With companion exhibition,"City Scenes: Highlights of New York Street Photography"

Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy (October 29, 2013-March 2, 2014)
Presented to mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Rising Waters draws on work submitted by over a thousand photographers, both professional and amateur, who responded to an open call for images in the storm's wake. The juried exhibition features striking before-and-after images of the hurricane's impact on the New York region, including preparations, the storm's destructive effects, and the ongoing rebuilding efforts.

Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen The Future (Oct 16, 2013- February 10, 2013)
A visionary who was equally comfortable in the realms of fact and fiction, Bel Geddes (1893-1958) played a significant role in the 1920s and '30s, shaping not only modern America but also the nation’s image of itself as innovator and leader into the future.

Picturing Central Park (September 13, 2013-January 5, 2014)
Artist Janet Ruttenberg's love affair with Central Park has inspired her to use a variety of media—watercolor, oils, and video—to capture the natural and human beauty of this iconic New York landscape. Picturing Central Park will include 17 major works, many of them a monumental 15 feet in width, along with smaller pieces and photographs that reveal the artist's imaginative approach to her bold and sometimes fantastical work.

Marine Paintings (Ongoing)
This installation showcases newly conserved marine paintings from the Museum’s important collection of Maritime art, many of which have not been on public view in decades.

Timescapes: A Multimedia Portrait Of New York (Ongoing)
A three-screen multimedia film, tracing New York from its origins to its current life as one of history's great cities.

Activist New York (Ongoing)
Extraordinary furniture and decorative objects made in New York from the colonial era to the dawn of the 20th century. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.

City As Canvas (February 4, 2014-July 27, 2014)
City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection provides a visual account of graffiti and street art in New York City during the 1970s and 80s, showcasing works from the pioneering collection of Martin Wong (1946–1999).

Gilded New York (November 13, 2013)
Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design.

For more information on these exhibitions, please visit the Museum of the City of New York website.