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Before the Fall: From the Roaring Twenties to the Crash of ’29

Speaker: 
James Grant
Amity Shlaes
Byron R. Wien (moderator)
Sat, 02/15/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
Sat, February 15th, 2014 | 9:30 am to 11:00 am

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9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30–11 am: Discussion

Price: 
$40
Members price: 
$28
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Dodsworth (1936)

Speaker: 
Catherine Wyler
Susan Lacy
Fri, 07/12/2013 - 19:00
Fri, July 12th, 2013 | 7:00 pm

TICKETS

Admission to the film programs is free in conjunction with New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6-8 PM). No advanced reservations are possible for these events. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 PM. Auditorium doors open at 6:30 PM (unless otherwise noted).

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Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York Gallery Tour

Speaker: 
Barbara Haskell
Mon, 06/24/2013 - 11:00
Mon, June 24th, 2013 | 11:00 am

Note: This event is sold out. 

 

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In paintings, prints, watercolors, and photographs, Reginald Marsh captured the animation and visual turbulence that made urban New York life an exhilarating spectacle. In this intimate gallery tour led by curator Barbara Haskell, experience New York in the 1930s as Marsh viewed it. Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

Price: 
$30
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$18
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Art Deco of the 1930s

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Sun, 06/23/2013 - 17:00
Sun, June 23rd, 2013 | 5:00 pm

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Join architectural historian Barry Lewis for this Sunday program on New York’s Art Deco buildings of the 1930s. From the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings to more modest buildings about town, Art Deco was the dominant style of “Swing Time.”

SPEAKER BIOS

Barry Lewis is an architectural historian and host of a popular series of walking tours on PBS.

LOCATION

The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Price: 
$30
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$18
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Swing Time Ball: Dinner Dance at New-York Historical Society

Speaker: 
Arthur Murray Dance Center dancers
Fri, 06/21/2013 - 19:00 to 22:00
Fri, June 21st, 2013 | 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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Join us and dance the night away with swing, rumba, foxtrot, and more. While you enjoy your buffet dinner, the evening will be highlighted with dazzling dance demonstrations by performers from the Arthur Murray Dance Center. Price includes buffet dinner, and guests are invited to visit the new exhibition Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York.

CO-SPONSORS

The Swing Time Ball is co-sponsored by the Arthur Murray Dance Center of Columbus Circle, New York.

Price: 
$165
Members price: 
$145
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Greenwich Village in the 1930s

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Sun, 06/09/2013 - 17:00
Sun, June 9th, 2013 | 5:00 pm

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In the sequel to his popular program on Greenwich Village, Barry Lewis returns, in conjunction with the exhibition Swing Time, to discuss the evolution of the Village in the 1930s. How did the Village change as New York and the nation moved from the carefree era of the ’20s to the more sobering decade of the ’30s?

SPEAKER BIOS

Barry Lewis is an architectural historian and host of a popular series of walking tours on PBS.

Price: 
$30
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$18
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Cigar box

Exhibitions: 
Highlight: 
Not promoted
Object name: 
Cigar box
Date: 
1930
Medium: 
Silver
Description: 
This lavish box, an example of Tiffany & Co’s “Special Hand Work,” was presented to discerning cigar smoker Al Smith, the self-made New York politician who ascended from the Lower East Side to four terms as governor of the State of New York.
Credit Line: 
New-York Historical Society, Purchase
Object Number: 
2004.49
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.

Designer of the Jazz Age: The New-York Historical Society Celebrates Viktor Schreckengost’s Centennial

March 14, 2006
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June 26, 2006

In celebration of Viktor Schreckengost's 100th birthday, New-York Historical, along with 100 public venues around the country, will display the work of this acclaimed industrial designer. Working in a wide range of fields, from pottery to pedal cars, Schreckengost has created an enduring legacy in American design. This display will focus exclusively on Schreckengost's masterpiece, the Jazz Bowl of 1930. Designed on the request of Eleanor Roosevelt, the vibrant turquoise punch bowl evokes the energy and exuberance of Jazz Age New York City.

Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York

June 21, 2013
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September 01, 2013

With his calligraphic brushstrokes and densely cluttered, multi-figured compositions, Reginald Marsh recorded the vibrancy and energetic pulse of New York City. In paintings, prints, watercolors and photographs, he captured the animation and visual turbulence that made urban New York life an exhilarating spectacle. His work depicted the visual energy the city, its helter-skelter signs, newspaper and magazine headlines and the crowded conditions of its street life and recreational pastimes.

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954), Twenty Cent Movie, 1936. Egg tempera on composition board, 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase 37.43 © 2011 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Reproduction, including downloading this work, is prohibited by copyright law without written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

His subjects were not glamorous or affluent New Yorkers, but those in the middle and lower class—Bowery bums, burlesque queens, Coney Island musclemen, park denizens, subway riders and post-flapper era sirens. Marsh was fascinated by the crass glamour, gaudiness and sexuality these city inhabitants exhibited in public, as well as by the humanity expressed by those living under severe economic and social duress. His technical combination of choppy brushwork and thinly applied tempera created the effect of a continual surface flickering, which causes the eye to move without rest from place to place across the painting. Marsh heightened this sense of agitated and accelerated movement by means of asymmetrically framed scenes and avoidance of an obvious focal point. The result was a sequential unfolding of episodes across his canvas surfaces, which evoked the transience, motion and vitality of New York City in the 1930s.

 

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

Allure of the East: Orientalism in New York, 1850–1930

April 11, 2008
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August 17, 2008

Prelude to Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors.

Advertising poster for Murad Turkish Cigarettes, ca. 1890-1910. The New-York Historical Society Library, Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera

Prelude to Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors.

To provide a historical context for the exhibition on oriental rugs of the Hajji Baba club, the Historical Society has organizing a multi-faceted installation examining the fashion for Orientalism in New York during the late 19th century. Through paintings, prints, photographs and books as well as silver, lighting, and metalwork, the display explores New Yorkers' fascination with the "Orient"-defined for this purpose as the Middle East, as well as North Africa and Moorish Spain. The installation includes paintings of Orientalist artists that hung in New York salons, including Jean-Léon Gérôme, Edwin L. Weeks, and Ernst Koerner, as well as depictions of New Yorkers sporting traditional Middle Eastern dress, including the dramatic portrait of Orientalist William C. Prime in Arab costume and the group portrait of the exotically-attired Gerard Stuyvesant family. By the 1860s, New Yorkers were also incorporating facets of Eastern design, as well as a plethora of imported exotic objects, in domestic interiors influenced by Islamic art and also by impressions of an alluring and sensuous Orient gained from popular translations of works such as The Arabian Nights. Photographs of New York interiors, from George Kemp's Fifth Avenue mansion and Louis C. Tiffany's personal Studio to the Moorish Ottendorfer pavilion on Riverside Drive, reveal the opulent luxury of these interiors. In addition, the installation includes decorative arts inspired by the East, including Islamic-style silver made by Tiffany & Co. and Moorish-style chandeliers and lighting from Tiffany Studios.

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