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John Rogers: An Abolitionist Alone at Christmas

In honor of our upcoming exhibition, John Rogers: American Stories, curator Kim Orcutt will be writing a series of posts about his life, his work, and how he earned the nickname “The People’s Sculptor.” John Rogers couldn’t make it home to Roxbury, Massachusetts for Christmas in 1859. He had just settled in New York and was trying […]

Rogers Groups, the Perfect Christmas Gift

In honor of our upcoming exhibition, John Rogers: American Stories, curator Kim Orcutt will be writing a series of posts about his life, his work, and how he earned the nickname “The People’s Sculptor.” If you were shopping for a Christmas present 150 years ago, you might have thought about a Rogers Group. The plaster sculptures on […]

Bronze or Plaster? The Artistic Choices of John Rogers

In honor of our upcoming exhibition, John Rogers: American Stories, curator Kim Orcutt will be writing a series of posts about his life, his work, and how he earned the nickname “The People’s Sculptor.” Bronze or plaster? When you’re in the galleries of John Rogers: American Stories, you’ll see that about half of the sculptures are bronze […]

Remembering New York Designer Eva Zeisel

By Timothy Wroten For the world of American art and design, last week was marked by the passing of illustrious designer and ceramicist Eva Zeisel, who was 105. The New-York Historical Society Museum was fortunate enough to work with Zeisel in 2003 to collect and exhibit some of her remarkable designs. Above are some pitchers that were donated to us by […]

The New-York Historical Society Hits Fifth Avenue

The hectic demeanor of Fifth Avenue, especially as holiday shopping season rounds the bend, would rarely be compared to the quiet, contemplative environment of a museum. But if you’re walking around Midtown check out Bergdorf Goodman’s windows for a  hint of history amongst the street’s craze. Bergdorf Goodman is honoring the reopening of the New-York […]

The Course of Empire: A Conversation With Composer Nell Shaw Cohen

Art inspires, and sometimes what it inspires is other art. When composer Nell Shaw Cohen first saw Thomas Cole’s The Course of Empire at the New-York Historical Society, she was inspired to write a piece that represented the story seen in Cole’s series. One of the defining works of the Hudson River School of painting, The […]