Lost Arts Series: Quilting

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Sun, 06/08/2014 - 14:00 to 16:00
Sun, June 8th, 2014 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Ages 6+ and adults
Tickets include the price of Museum Admission

People have been making quilts for hundreds of years; however quilting took on new significance during the American Civil War. Come explore the fascinating quilts in our exhibition Homefront and Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War. Then create your own quilt pattern in our studio.

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Homefront & Battlefield Gallery Tour

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Nancy Druckman
Robert Shaw
Mon, 06/16/2014 - 11:00
Mon, June 16th, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War tells the story of this conflict through textiles and artifacts, connecting deeply moving and personal stories with the broader national context. Join experts Nancy Druckman and Robert Shaw for an in-depth look at the rich works featured in this exhibition.

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Homefront & Battlefield Gallery Tour

Speaker: 
Madelyn Shaw
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:00
Mon, April 21st, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War tells the story of this conflict through textiles and artifacts, connecting deeply moving and personal stories with the broader national context. This is the second tour of the exhibition in a series of three.

Gallery tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

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Homefront & Battlefield Gallery Tour

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Lynne Zacek Bassett
Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:00
Mon, April 14th, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War tells the story of this conflict through textiles and artifacts, connecting deeply moving and personal stories with the broader national context. This is the first tour of the exhibition in a series of three.

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The Civil War Draft Riots Walking Tour

Speaker: 
Barnet Schecter
Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:00
Sun, April 13th, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Batteries Not Included: Toys and Trains at the New-York Historical Society

November 26, 2013
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January 05, 2014

To celebrate the holiday season, the New-York Historical Society is presenting an installation of nineteenth- and twentieth-century toys from the permanent collection. The display will include a playful selection of cast iron, tin, and carved wooden toys and banks made between 1850 and 1945. Among them will be still and mechanical banks, wind-up, pull, and clockwork toys, toy soldiers, and an assortment of trains, all topped with a Statue of Liberty still bank made between 1885 and 1920.

Pull toy, Standing dog, 1860-1890, painted iron and tin. New-York Historical Society, INV.4568

Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War

April 04, 2014
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August 24, 2014

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865), the New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking traveling exhibition, Homefront & Battlefield: Quilts & Context in the Civil War, organized by the American Textile History Museum. The exhibition uses quilts, textiles, clothing, and other artifacts to connect deeply moving and insightful personal stories about the war, its causes, and its aftermath with the broader national context and public history.

Made for “AK” in Pennsylvania by an unidentified quiltmaker, this textile illustrates the life of a Zouave soldier. It includes fabrics used by seamstresses at the Schuylkill Arsenal in Philadelphia to make Zouave uniforms. “AK” may have been Adam Keller or Albert Keen, both of whom served with the 88th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, which boasted two companies of Zouaves. Collection of Kelly Kinzle.

Textiles were integral to the Civil War— physically, economically, ideologically, and emotionally—and linked soldiers and civilians. Among the exhibition highlights on view at New-York Historical is a large-scale silk banner for the 39th Regiment New York State Veteran Volunteers (ca. 1861), rescued by Lieutenant Kiliaen Van Rensselaer IV from a wounded flag bearer at the Battle of Sutherland’s Station during the Appomattox campaign. Also on view are simple objects with powerful symbolism, such as the hemp rope noose said to be used to hang abolitionist John Brown, who was convicted of treason, murder, and inciting a slave rebellion. Personal articles of clothing on view include a “free labor” dress (1850s)—made of a conservative brown wool/silk blend and lined with calico—was worn by Rachel Robinson of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, a devout Quaker and abolitionist. With her husband, Robinson sheltered and employed runaway slaves and refused to purchase goods made with slave labor.

The exhibition builds on recent scholarship in social and economic history to tell of the events that led to the war, the stories of men and women affected by the Civil War, and the opportunities and challenges that followed it. Through a wealth of artifacts drawn from around the nation, the exhibition will invite visitors to see and acknowledge the human experiences beneath the veneer of Blue and Gray.

Macy's Sunday Story Time: The Perfect Time to Paint

Sun, 08/18/2013 - 11:30
Sun, August 18th, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 4–7.

Ever wonder when the best time to start making art would be? Artist Clementine Hunter never had the perfect time to paint but taught herself and started to paint anyway; and today her artwork is in museums across the country.

Art From Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead and Shane W. Evans
 

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.

 

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Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

November 23, 2012
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September 08, 2013

Magnificent model trains, train stations and sheds, bridges and tunnels, carousels and Ferris wheels—all populated with toy figurines in colorful nineteenth-century dress, will be on view this holiday season at the New-York Historical Society, in the first museum exhibition of selections from the renowned Jerni Collection.

Marklin Elevated Station with accessories, ca. 1900. From the Collection of Jerry and Nina Greene.

Among the unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted toys will be the only existing first model elevated station. Designed by Märklin, ca. 1895, it is known as the Rolls-Royce of toy train manufacturers and will be displayed in the Judith and Howard Berkowitz Sculpture Court, near the 77th Street entrance. In New-York Historical’s Luce Center, the installation will include Märklin’s largest and most elaborate train station, ca. 1904; Marklin’s only known extant post office, ca. 1895; a Märklin girder bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, ca. 1905; Rock & Graner’s extraordinary hand-painted road over double-arched brick bridge, ca. 1902; and Ernst Plank’s exquisite Ferris wheel from the turn-of-the-century.

All aboard! Color in this train [PDF] and bring it to the New-York Historical Society for one FREE admission for kids 13 and under!

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Byrdcliffe: An American Arts And Crafts Colony

March 05, 2005
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May 15, 2005

An exhibition that honors one of the most influential arts colonies in the United States is on view at the New-York Historical Society from March 15- May 15, 2005. Produced by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, the exhibition tells the story about this remarkable community that was founded in 1902 and still operates today.

Byrdcliffe is located in Woodstock, NY; a town known for its impact on social change through art, music and non-violent measures. Set against the background of a rapidly changing America, the exhibit concentrates on the arts and crafts created at Byrdcliffe from the colony's earliest days, until the death of co-founder and chief investor Ralph Whitehead in 1929. The colony drew especially large crowds for its 'Maverick' music festivals which were filled uninhibited, bohemian song and dance. Folk icon Bob Dylan continued the music tradition many years later at Byrdcliffe when he and The Band lived and recorded the famous Basement Tapes at a neighboring house in Saugerties.

The exhibit features a total of 191 paintings, photographs, prints, frames, metalwork, furniture, ceramics and textiles from nearly two dozen artists who called Byrdcliffe home. Of equal importance as the art itself, were the utopian ideals advanced by Whitehead and the other founders, combined with the dynamic creativity of its talented but under-appreciated artists.

The exhibit and companion catalog, which is available in the N-YHS Museum Store, examines the historical, artistic and social significance of the colony through three interconnected themes: Quest for the Handmade shows how the work of the artists, writers and critics reflects a rebellion against the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution; Byrdcliffe as a Utopian Community explores the colony's role as an independent entity against an increasingly global backdrop and Artists and Artisans examines the independence and creativity of the artists themselves.

From examples of hand-crafted furniture such as George Eggers' oak Chest with Winter Landscape with its painted panels depicting stark winter landscapes; to jewelry and tableware designer Bertha Thompson's silver table spoon; as well as landscape paintings, ceramic bowls, textiles, photographs and hand-bound journals, Byrdcliffe tells the story of how a community driven by the desire to create beautiful, functional objects drew a diverse array of artisans to a pristine setting in the heart of the Catskills, where they flourished in a communal atmosphere of shared artistic endeavor.

To accompany the exhibit, N-YHS will host two intriguing public programs by expert curators with intimate knowledge of the arts & crafts movement in the early 20th Century. On Wednesday, March 23 Wendy Kaplan, Curator of Decorative Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art will deliver a discussion on the Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, 1880-1920. On Wednesday, April 20, a gallery talk will be given by Nancy Green, Senior Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Ms. Green is one of the original curators of the Byrdcliffe exhibition.


For a full list of upcoming public programs, please see our programs calendar or to make a reservation call (212) 817-8125 or visit: http://web.gc.cuny.edu/cepp/registration/index.html.

Additional programs and exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society are made possible in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

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