Celebrate the Tonys with the “Line King”
June 5, 2015

Broadway was Al Hirschfeld’s true love. As The Hirschfeld Century curator, David Leopold put it, “when you were talking Broadway, you were talking Hirschfeld and vice versa.” Equally central to Broadway history is the Tonys. To celebrate the 69th annual award ceremony taking place this Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall, we’re highlight…

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Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” makes its N-YHS Debut
May 29, 2015

Have you ever seen America’s largest Picasso painting? On May 17 a score of art handlers completed the epic installation of Picasso’s 96-year-old stage curtain from Le Tricorne ballet in our N-YHS gallery. The rideau de scène hung in the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant for nearly six decades before it was moved to an art…

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Lafayette’s Return: An Interview with Laura Auricchio
May 22, 2015

This week we sat down with Dean and Associate Professor of Art History at The New School Laura Auricchio who recently published a groundbreaking biography on the French Founding Father, The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered. Her book traces the French aristocrat’s life, from his tumultuous childhood overshadowed by the untimely death of his father through his…

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The Hirschfeld Century: An Interview with David Leopold
May 15, 2015

What made the 1900s The Hirschfeld Century? We sat down this week with Creative Director of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation David Leopold to get the inside scoop. In addition to being Hirschfeld’s close personal friend and archivist, Leopold curated New-York Historical’s upcoming show The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld opening May 22. Our…

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Revolutionary Indecision: Brooklyn during the American Revolution
May 1, 2015

Did you know that some Brooklynites fought for both sides during the American Revolution? When revolutionary rhetoric adopted an anti-slavery tone, Kings County residents renounced the “Glorious Cause” and sided the British in hopes of preserving their forced labor system. This week New-York Historical’s Bernard and Irene Schwartz Fellow Chris Minty is our guest blogger. In his…

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AIDS in New York: An Interview with Jean Ashton
April 23, 2015

This week we sat down with New-York Historical’s Senior Director of Resources and Programs Jean Ashton to discuss her book, AIDS in New York: The First Five Years. The book shares its name with the 2013 N-HYS exhibition that Ashton curated. To learn more about the epidemic in NYC, check out our online exhibition. How…

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Unpublished Jupiter Hammon Poem Discovered at N-YHS
April 16, 2015

April is National Poetry Month, so what better time to share our exciting news! Independent Scholar Claire Bellerjeau made a miraculous discovery in the New-York Historical Society’s collections; she uncovered an unpublished poem likely written by Jupiter Hammon, the first published African American author in America. Hammon, who lived his entire life as an enslaved…

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Meet Audubon’s Assistant Painter: Maria Martin Bachman
April 10, 2015

Currently on display at New-York Historical is the final installment of the three-year series featuring all of John James Audubon’s original watercolor models for The Birds of America. Because of their fragility, this is your last chance to catch these stunning works. So don’t miss out—come see Audubon’s Aviary: The Final Flight and perch with…

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Lincoln and the Jews: An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Sarna
April 3, 2015

Did you know that more than twice as many books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than weeks have passed since his death almost 150 years ago? With Passover beginning at sundown, we’re honoring Lincoln’s legacy by exploring an untold aspect of his personal life and political career: his friendships with Jews. During his tenure…

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