New York at Its Core – A “Must See” Ongoing Exhibition
Date: Opens November 2016
In November 2016, the Museum of the City of New York will launch its landmark exhibition New York at Its Core, the first-ever museum presentation of New York City’s gripping, four-century story of growth and transformation. Featuring the diverse faces of New York and utilizing one-of-a-kind artifacts, historic photographs, archival film and interactive digital experiences, the exhibition will occupy three galleries on Museum’s first floor, culminating with the Future of the City Lab. Animated and framed by New York’s defining characteristics—the frequently explosive interactions of money, diversity, density and creativity—visitors will come away with a new understanding of what makes New York tick. New York at Its Core will provide a must-see experience for everyone fascinated by the city—including New Yorkers, visitors from all over the globe, and students of all ages.
Art and the Young Imagination: Four Decades of Studio in a School
Date: Opens Jan. 14, 2017
Nurturing young artists in city schools. Art and the Young Imagination
explores the 40-year history of one of New York City’s most creative arts education initiatives, Studio in a School. Founded in 1977, when the city’s economic crisis drastically reduced arts programming in public schools, this nationally recognized leader has nurtured and maintained a dynamic community of professional artists who teach hundreds of thousands of New York City children in underserved public schools, daycare centers, and community-based organizations. The exhibition features student works—watercolors, drawings, collages, and sculpture— produced through the Studio’s approach to enhancing childhood art education and visual literacy and revealing the city as interpreted by its youngest residents.
New York Silver, Then and Now
Date: Opens Summer 2017
A dialogue in silver between past and present. New York Silver, Then and Now links the rich history of silversmithing in New York City to present-day artistic practice. It features newly commissioned works by leading metalworkers, created in response to historical objects from the Museum’s collection.
The Museum’s holdings, widely recognized as one of the foremost collections of American silver in the nation, include leading examples of silver designed and produced in New York from the mid-17th through the 20th century. Comprised of more than 1,400 works by such notable craftsmen as Cornelius Kierstede, Myer Myers, and Charles LeRoux , and renowned retailer/manufacturers like Black, Starr & Frost and Tiffany & Co., the collection demonstrates how, for over four centuries, the city’s silversmiths and designers have adapted international styles to make them distinctively “New York” in look and feel.
The exhibition will open a dialogue between past and present, pairing historic pieces with remarkable new work by contemporary artists. Internationally recognized artists from the New York area who have been invited to participate include designers Dror Benshetrit and Ted Meuhling; architect/interior designers William Georgis and Sheila Bridges; artists Michele Oka Doner, Kiki Smith, and Chitra Ganesh; metalsmiths Myra Mimlitsch Gray and Wendy Yothers, and many others.