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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 […]

Celebrating Christmas By Crossing the Delaware

What did you do on Christmas morning? Slowly sipped coffee as you rustled through your stockings? Chatted with friends and family at church? Stealthily crossed a frigid river for a surprise attack against Hessian forces? That last one is what George Washington did in 1776 at the Battle of Trenton, a moment that artist Mort Künstler […]

Here Comes Santa Claus

By Timothy Wroten The modern red-suited, pot-bellied image of Santa Claus is the imaginative descendant of the historical fourth-century bishop St. Nicolas of Myra. Santa’s appearance and many surrounding holiday traditions owe much to the creative influence of some famous nineteenth-century New Yorkers, including Clement Clarke Moore, the author of “A Visit from St. Nicolas.”   […]