New Yorker Self Portrait, 1993 © The Al Hirschfeld Foundation.
Celebrate Father’s Day and the “Line King’s” Birthday with Us!
June 19, 2015

This Sunday is both Father’s Day and Al Hirschfeld’s birthday. To celebrate the occasion, we sat down with Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, president of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation, which honors her late husband’s art through exhibitions, programs, and educational initiatives. In our brief chat, she discusses birthday traditions, birthday cards, and fatherhood. So, how will you…

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Lafayette’s Return: An Interview with Laura Auricchio
May 22, 2015

This week we sat down with Dean and Associate Professor of Art History at The New School Laura Auricchio who recently published a groundbreaking biography on the French Founding Father, The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered. Her book traces the French aristocrat’s life, from his tumultuous childhood overshadowed by the untimely death of his father through his…

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The Hirschfeld Century: An Interview with David Leopold
May 15, 2015

What made the 1900s The Hirschfeld Century? We sat down this week with Creative Director of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation David Leopold to get the inside scoop. In addition to being Hirschfeld’s close personal friend and archivist, Leopold curated New-York Historical’s upcoming show The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld opening May 22. Our…

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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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Unpublished Jupiter Hammon Poem Discovered at N-YHS
April 16, 2015

April is National Poetry Month, so what better time to share our exciting news! Independent Scholar Claire Bellerjeau made a miraculous discovery in the New-York Historical Society’s collections; she uncovered an unpublished poem likely written by Jupiter Hammon, the first published African American author in America. Hammon, who lived his entire life as an enslaved…

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Lincoln and the Jews: An Interview with Dr. Jonathan Sarna
April 3, 2015

Did you know that more than twice as many books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than weeks have passed since his death almost 150 years ago? With Passover beginning at sundown, we’re honoring Lincoln’s legacy by exploring an untold aspect of his personal life and political career: his friendships with Jews. During his tenure…

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The Legacy of Voting Rights 50 Years After Selma
March 20, 2015

“Write right from left to the right as you see it spelled here.” Did you print your answer? If so, you got it wrong—it should have been written in cursive. “Spell backwards, forwards.” Did you include a comma? Wrong. Did you omit the comma? That’s wrong, too. These are only two of the 30 questions…

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Uptown, Audubon’s Birds Hit the Streets
March 6, 2015

Patron saint of the environmentalist movement and celebrated ornithologist, John James Audubon was the first to sound the alarm. He recognized in the early 1800s that many avian species and their habitats were threated. Almost 200 years later, many of the feathered subjects are endangered or extinct. To see 42 of his original breathtaking watercolors…

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Remembering Keith Haring 25 Years Later
February 18, 2015

Monday, February 16, marked the 25th anniversary of Keith Haring’s death. To celebrate his life, Haring’s former studio manager and personal friend, Julia Gruen (who in 1989 Haring named Executive Director of the Keith Haring Foundation), offered us her thoughts on Haring’s lasting influence on the art world and popular culture. Today, his works live on as one of the…

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