Celebrate Presidents Day @ the Museum of the City of New York! On View, Muslim In New York: Highlights from the Photography Collection

Celebrate Presidents Day with Special Programming, Presidential History Themed Scavenger Hunt, and New Exhibition Muslim in New York – February 18, 2017 – February 26, 2017

Debbie Almontaser with photograph of son Yousif, 2001. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York and Mel Rosenthal, photographer.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Museum of the City of New York will open a special installation, Muslim in New York: Highlights from the Photography Collection, featuring 34 historic images of Muslim New Yorkers in the 20th and 21st centuries by photographers Alexander Alland, Ed Grazda, Mel Rosenthal, and Robert Gerhardt.

The exhibition delves into several themes from the Museum’s newly launched signature, permanent exhibition, New York at Its Core, which is structured around four themes – money, density, diversity, and creativity – and argues that a distinctive blend of these key characteristics has produced a powerfully creative environment that has made New York a center of innovation in the arts, business, science, politics, and urban development for over four centuries.  The photos in Muslim in New York present ideas embodied in New York at Its Core: that immigration and diversity have been and remain central to the evolution and resurgence of our city.

Welcome to Fear City

Wednesday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Once upon a time in the 1970s, New York City was supposed to “drop dead,” or at least wither away due to disinvestment and white flight to the suburbs.  Instead, creativity flourished amidst urban decline and new art forms like Hip Hop and Punk Rock were introduced to the world.  Meanwhile, 42nd Street’s sleaze economy continued to thrive.   Savor this 16mm snapshot of the period, featuring four rarely-screened short films from the period.  The films will be introduced by Will Hermes, senior critic for Rolling Stone, frequent contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever, who is currently writing a biography of Lou Reed.  Tickets


Hidden Bernstein

Thursday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m.

A pioneering Broadway figure, Leonard Bernstein kept his gay life largely secret from the public and the press.  Now, a new collection of letters from Bernstein’s personal archives provides a treasure trove of information on this complicated and enigmatic man.  Two leading scholars of Bernstein will present their research on and interpretations of the celebrated American composer (and consummate New Yorker), then sit down for a discussion.  Award-winning singer, actress, and comedian, Lea DeLaria, currently playing “Big Boo” on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, will perform a couple of Bernstein’s signature songs.  Tickets

George Washington


Presidential History Themed Museum Wide Scavenger Hunt

All Day: Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, February 26

Search New York at Its Core and the entire Museum for New York City’s presidential history by taking part in our special Presidents Day Scavenger hunt! Ask for your scavenger hunt guide upon entering the Museum.

Presidents Day

Sunday, February 19, at 11:00 a.m.

Travel back in time with a New York-inspired presidential scavenger hunt throughout the Museum! Then create your own colorful mini magazine—or ‘zine’—to illustrate U.S. presidential candidates from New York City throughout time.  Free with admission, registration

Framing the City

Tuesday, February 21, at 11:00 a.m.

Explore the exhibition The City & the Young Imagination: Art from Studio in a School to find paintings by students who were inspired by life in the city.  Then design a frame to showcase your favorite places or memories in New York City. Take it home to add a special photo!

Winter Scene Painting

Wednesday, February 22, at 11:00 a.m.

What does a New York City winter look like? Explore images from the Museum’s Collections Portal to discover how painters and photographers have depicted New York City winter scenes throughout time.  Then use paint and your imagination to create your own wonderful winter artwork!

Photo Fun

Thursday, February 23, at 11:00 a.m.

Explore images of New York from long ago and today in the exhibition New York at Its Core.  Then work at our photo-making station to create two photos that show a before and after. Print your photos to take home with you.

Wearable Art

Friday, February 24, at 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a bling-filled day looking in the Museum as we learn about New York City long ago! Explore costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects in the exhibition Gilded New York that were created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century.  Then use beads and gems to create a unique jewelry piece to wear home!

Paint Like Pollock

Sunday, February 26, at 11:00 a.m.

Explore the exhibition New York at Its Core to discover some of New York City’s most iconic artists, such as Jackson Pollock, to get inspired. Work with unique materials, including water pipettes, to create a painting of your own using various pouring and dripping techniques.

Cover image: Pakistani American Children Playing Cricket in the Park, Brooklyn, New York, 2011.  Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York and Robert Gerhardt,photographer.

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