Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America

Sep 27 2013 - Mar 9 2014

Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America examines the remarkable critical and popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. The exhibition —presenting over sixty works of art as well as period photographs and graphic materials, all from the New-York Historical Society—will investigate the strong cultural and social legacy of the American portrait tradition, with particular emphasis upon the New York sitters so well represented in New-York Historical's rich collection. With the amassing of great fortunes founded on industrial expansion, came the impetus to document the appearance of those who propelled and benefited from burgeoning wealth, thus echoing a cultural pattern reaching back to the colonial era.

Théobald Chartran (French, 1849 –1907), James Hazen Hyde (1876-1959), 1901. Oil on canvas. New-York Historical  Society, Gift of James Hazen Hyde, 1949.1

Beauty’s Legacy will include portraits of prominent New York sitters including Emma Thursby, Samuel Verplanck Hoffman, Mary Barrett Wendell, Reverend Henry Codman Potter, and Mary Gardiner Thompsonby done by such American artists as John Singer Sargent, James Carroll Beckwith, George Peter Alexander Healy, Daniel Huntington, Eastman Johnson, and Benjamin Curtis Porter.

New York Cool: Free Friday Night Music Presented by Bank of America

Speaker: 
Just Friends
Fri, May 11th, 2012 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Event Details

The New-York Historical Society and Bank of America present a free, Friday night concert series highlighting musical history makers, past and present. This concert series features hip, well-known and emerging names from across the spectrum of classical, jazz and popular music genres. Shows are first come, first served, and refreshments are available for purchase. And after the show stick around for our raffles, with prizes from local institutions!

New York Cool: Free Friday Night Music Presented by Bank of America

Speaker: 
Jay Leonhart, His Family and Friends
Fri, April 27th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

Event details

The New-York Historical Society and Bank of America present a free, Friday night concert series highlighting musical history makers, past and present. This concert series features hip, well-known and emerging names from across the spectrum of classical, jazz and popular music genres. Shows are first come, first served, and refreshments are available for purchase. And after the show stick around for our raffles, with prizes from local institutions!

New York on the Cusp: The City When Carnegie Hall Debuted

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, November 10th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

Event details

When Carnegie Hall opened in 1891, New York was still an intensely Victorian commercial city, and rock-hewn neo-Romanesque and arts and crafts Queen Anne were the predominant styles. Elevators were sending buildings to unprecedented heights and middle class people were gingerly trying the brand-new idea of apartment house living. But McKim, Mead & White’s recently completed Villard Houses and their fantastic Madison Square Garden announced to New York that things were about to change.

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

Mar 14 2006 - Jun 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.

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