Docent Led Gallery Tour of Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York

Fri, 08/09/2013 - 13:00
Fri, August 9th, 2013 | 1:00 pm


The New-York Historical Society offers a variety of exceptional group tours of our special exhibitions. Now individuals also can enjoy an in-depth exploration of the exhibition Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York with one of our curator-trained docents. For one low price you will receive a tour ticket and all-day museum admission!

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Season of Light Scavenger Hunt

Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:00 to Sun, 12/01/2013 - 17:00
Fri, November 29th, 2013 | 10:00 am to Sun, December 1st, 2013 | 5:00 pm

Friday – Sunday, November 29 – December 1, All day

Families will seek out images of light throughout the New-York Historical Society in this seasonal scavenger hunt. From New-York Historical's Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps to the treasures of Shearith Israel, find examples of light used for both decoration and symbolism.

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World War II and New York: Walking Tour of Lower Manhattan

Cal Snyder
Lucy Oakley
Sun, 06/02/2013 - 11:00
Sun, June 2nd, 2013 | 11:00 am

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From Battery Park to the Army Ocean Terminal, New York Harbor vividly records the city’s role in WWII. Join us to hear the story of the harbor and its people in wartime and explore how New York City remembers those who fought to protect the free world. Walking tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance.

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Pop Shop Tokyo

January 29, 2013
July 28, 2013

In honor of the installation of the ceiling from Keith Haring’s famous Pop Shop above the admissions area in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, the New-York Historical Society, in collaboration with the Keith Haring Foundation, has created a rotating display devoted to the Pop Shop in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture. The ceiling is a gift from the Haring Foundation, and all items in the Luce Center display are on loan from Foundation.

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1988. Sumi ink on paper. © Keith Haring Foundation

In 1986, internationally famed artist Keith Haring (1958-1990) opened the Pop Shop at 292 Lafayette Street. The following year, Haring collaborated with Japanese film producer Kaz Kuzui, and his American wife, film director Fran Rubel Kuzui on a Tokyo venue, in the Aoyama neighborhood.

The shop was made out of two shipping containers welded together to form one large room. While the shop was conceived very much in the image of its New York counterpart, many of the products were created by Haring to mirror Japan’s cultural traditions. Haring did extensive design work in Tokyo; fans and kimonos were manufactured in Kyoto, and rice bowl templates were painted and then produced in Nagoya. With speed and virtuosity, Haring began painting the interior of the shop on Wednesday, January 27, 1988 and finished the next day. The paint was still tacky on Friday, January 29 when he oversaw the installation of the displays in time for a press preview that evening. On Saturday, January 30, Pop Shop Tokyo opened to the public. However, sales were disappointing, and Haring noted “there are just too many Haring fakes available all over Tokyo and, this time, they’re really well done.” The shop closed in the summer of 1988.


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Remembering The Forgotten Ones: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin

June 17, 2003
October 12, 2005

The New-York Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Remembering The Forgotten Ones: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin, which will be on view from June 17, 2003–October 12, 2005.

Milton Rogovin (b. 1909) is one of this nation's most accomplished and important social documentary photographers, although until now he's remained virtually unknown to the public outside of his adopted hometown of Buffalo, New York. His last New York City exhibition, Lower West Side, was at the International Center of Photography in 1976. At the age of 93 Rogovin continues to document the neighborhoods of Buffalo with passion, artistry and commitment.

A collaboration with Sound Portraits Productions and the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, the exhibition combines prime examples of Rogovin's photographs of Buffalo over five decades with audio installations and artifacts. It is based in part on the retrospective Remembering the Forgotten Ones: Selections from the Milton Rogovin Collection recently mounted at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College from December 2002 through March 2003.

The exhibition is accompanied by a short documentary film, The Forgotten Ones, directed by Harvey Wang (which won the Best Documentary Short award at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival), and a new book, Remembering The Forgotten Ones: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin (with Dave Isay, David Miller and Harvey Wang; published by Quantuck Lane Press in June, 2003).

Born on December 30, 1909 in New York City, Milton Rogovin moved to Buffalo in 1938 to practice as an optometrist. After organizing Buffalo's optometrists' union, he was called in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1958 and labeled "Buffalo's Top Red." Rogovin lost his optometry practice and decided to dedicate his life to photography. "My voice was essentially silenced," says Rogovin, "So I decided to speak out through photographs."

With the help of his wife, Anne, Rogovin began photographing Buffalo's storefront African-American churches (1958-1961). He then began a long-term project photographing working people—first in Buffalo and then around the world—supported by Anne's teaching salary and an occasional eye exam. In 1972, at the age of 63, Rogovin began focusing his lens on one of Buffalo's poorest communities: the Lower West Side, just a short distance from his optometric office. Over several decades, he shot several thousand portraits in this six-square-block neighborhood. It was to become his most important work. In 1984, Rogovin decided to return to the streets of the Lower West Side to search out and re-photograph as many of his original subjects as he could find. Eight years later, at the age of 83 and after overcoming heart surgery and prostate cancer, Rogovin returned once again to the neighborhood at Anne's behest, to track down his old subjects and shoot the third in his series of portraits.

In 1997, Rogovin developed severe cataracts in both eyes. He closed his darkroom and sold his camera. Frustrated at his inability to practice his craft, Rogovin decided to undergo surgery, and remarkably in 1999 his eyesight was restored. From December 2000 through December 2002, now in his 90s, Rogovin returned once more to the streets of the Lower West Side—with Anne and the staff of Sound Portraits Productions, who conducted oral histories with his subjects. These "quartets" with acoustiguide commentaries are a highlight of this landmark exhibition.

Sound Portraits Productions
A non-profit company based in New York City, Sound Portraits is one of the country's most acclaimed documentary production houses. Under the direction of MacArthur Fellow Dave Isay, its mission is to tell the stories of ordinary Americans with dignity, celebrating the power and poetry in their words. Sound Portraits has accomplished this goal primarily through the creation of dozens of award-winning radio programs broadcast on NPR's All Things Considered. Whether on the radio, in print, or on the Web, Sound Portraits is committed to producing innovative works of lasting educational, cultural, and artistic value. To hear Sound Portraits past radio programs, visit

Burchfield-Penney Art Center
The Burchfield-Penney Art Center (founded 1966) is a regional arts museum that serves as a significant cultural resources for Buffalo State College (of which it is a part), the total Western New York community, and the nation. The Burchfield-Penney collects, conserves, exhibits and interprets the achievements of distinguished artists who live or have lived in Western New York, most notably Charles E. Burchfield, to whom the museum is dedicated. For more information, please see

Remembering the Forgotten Ones: The Photographs of Milton Rogovin is made possible with generous support from the Balbach Family Foundation, Celsius Films Incorporated, The M&T Charitable Foundation, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Inc., The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, with in-kind support from WNYC. Collection and presentation of the oral histories are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the generous support of an anonymous donor. Programs at The New-York Historical Society are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. American Airlines is the official airline of The New-York Historical Society.

The High Falls Brewing Company, based in Rochester, NY, provided a product donation of Genesee Beer and Genny Light for the exhibition's opening reception on June 18—Genesee advertising clocks appear as background in some of Milton Rogovin's photography.

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