Shirley Hayes and the Battle of Washington Square Park, 1952–1959
August 3, 2016

This blog post was written by Stephen Petrus, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow.   In the 1950s, Washington Square Park, the focal point of Greenwich Village, was the site of contentious debates in urban planning. The conflict stemmed from the plan of Parks Commissioner Robert Moses to construct a roadway through the square. Moses…

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Black Panthers: Art and History
June 24, 2015

Opening Friday, June 26, our provocative exhibition Art as Activism features 72 posters from the 1930s through 1970s. Despite their varying messages—some promote violence, others peace; some champion reform, others revolution—these works collectively showcase powerful political messages that went “viral” decades before the birth of the internet. The posters and broadsides focus on the American…

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Stephen Somerstein on the Road to Montgomery
February 6, 2015

This year, we’ll be celebrating Black History Month with highlights from our photography and art collections. To kick-off this series, let’s take a look at our own on-going exhibition, Freedom Journey 1965, which features New Yorker Stephen Somerstein’s moving photographs of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March. The protest marked a watershed moment in…

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AIDS And New York: An Epidemic of Fear
November 30, 2012

It’s been over twenty years since the peak of the AIDS crisis, and evidence of activists’ fight for recognition and action can still be found all around the city. People With AIDS plaza is located right outside City Hall. Thousands of people participate in the AIDS Walk every year in Central Park. Still, twenty years…

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