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Wounded Scout: Rogers Takes On The Gravity Of The Civil War

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.” Watch Kim Orcutt and Harold Holzer tour the exhibition on YouTube.  Over the night of February 9/10, 1864, more than one hundred Union [...]

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 [...]

Happy Birthday 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.” Happy Birthday John Rogers! The sculptor was born on October 30, 1829 and he is a favorite at the New- York [...]

Finding Lincoln…In Queens?

Over the weekend we took a trip to Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Queens, where we encountered Bundith Phunsombatlert’s piece Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculpture. The site-specific project features signs of 100 public sculptures in New York City, and provides the distance and direction to each from the park. And what did we see among the [...]

Creating The Humanity In Bronze Statues

You know what Abraham Lincoln looks like. You can spot Frederick Douglass’s hair from a mile away. So what could two statues possibly add to your understanding of these two men? According to Ivan Schwartz of StudioEIS, more than you’d think. The New-York Historical Society chose StudioEIS to cast bronze sculptures of each of these [...]