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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What Objects Define New York?
August 7, 2014

How do you define a city? Is it its buildings, its people, its history? In the upcoming exhibition A Brief History of New York: Selections from A History of New York in 101 Objects, the New-York Historical Society attempts to make sense of the city’s past through its objects. So, what objects define us? Due to…

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Interview With Claire Yaffa, Photographer of Children With AIDS: Spirit and Memory
May 16, 2013

On June 7, AIDS in New York: The First Five Years opens at the New-York Historical Society. The new exhibit will explore the impact the epidemic had on personal lives, public health, and politics from 1981-1985. The companion exhibition Children With AIDS: Spirit and Memory. Photographs by Claire Yaffa will feature twenty photographs by the acclaimed…

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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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Keith Haring Creates for Kids!
August 30, 2012

Keith Haring and his art dealt with some very adult topics: AIDS, drugs, and Apartheid to name a few. But there was always whimsy in Haring’s work, which became even more evident as he turned his artistic attention toward children. “There is nothing that makes me happier than making a child smile,” noted Haring in a…

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On World AIDS Day, Remembering Keith Haring
December 1, 2011

The New-York Historical Society is dedicated to teaching its visitors about the city’s and country’s past, which includes the HIV/AIDS pandemic that reached its peak in the 1990s, and unfortunately continues today. Today is World AIDS Day, a worldwide day of remembrance for those who have died, support for those who are suffering, and an…

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