Museum Open Monday

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Monday, December 22. For details, please visit our calendar.

Trompe l’oeil and Modernity

Speaker: 
Judith Barter
Thu, December 5th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event has reached capacity.

 

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During the 1870s, American trompe l’oeil painting enjoyed a rebirth. Usually seen as trickery, deception, or humor, Dr. Judith Barter’s lecture addresses trompe l’oeil as a type of painting that contained modern ideas. These contain narratives that reflect a new consumer culture, standardization and professionalism, memory and reality, and the very nature of painting itself.

Tea Talk with Artist Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art

Speaker: 
Clarice Smith
Mon, January 13th, 2014 | 11:00 am

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Join us for a special gallery tour of Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art. In this rare opportunity, journey with artist Clarice Smith through this retrospective exhibition and learn first-hand the stories behind this impressive body of work. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be served before the tour.

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

Culture Shock: New York and Paris, 1913

Speaker: 
Leon Botstein
Barbara Haskell
Susan Lacy (moderator)
Wed, January 15th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution

Speaker: 
Marilyn S. Kushner
Kimberly Orcutt
Thu, October 24th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

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On February 17, 1913, the avant-garde exploded onto the New York art scene with the opening of the Armory Show, causing a trans-Atlantic cultural upheaval that still resonates a century later. In this discussion, curators Marilyn S. Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt examine the historical context and shed light on the groundbreaking exhibition that forever changed the way we understand art.

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

Tue, August 27th, 2013 | 1:00 pm

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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!

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

Sat, August 10th, 2013 | 1:00 pm

EVENT DETAILS

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!

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

Sat, July 6th, 2013 | 1:00 pm

EVENT DETAILS

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!

The Triumphal Return of Taddeo Gaddi’s Maestà Conserved

Dec 11 2015 - Mar 20 2016

After conservation at the J. Paul Getty Museum and a two-year absence, New-York Historical's Madonna and Child Enthroned with Ten Saints: Maestà(1867.375) will be back on Central Park West. Painted ca. 1334 by Taddeo Gaddi, the major disciple of Giotto, it was recently shown at both the Getty and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, in the major exhibition Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350. To celebrate its triumphal return, the jewel-like panel will take pride of place in a small focus exhibition highlighting its conservation treatment. 

Taddeo Gaddi, Virgin and Child Enthroned with Ten Saints: Maestà, ca. 1330–1334. Gilded gesso and tempera on panel. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan, 1867.375. Photo courtesy the J. Paul Getty Museum

With its lavish gold leaf background, Gaddi’s panel was an expensive commission for a private Florentine palazzo and for its time was cutting-edge art. Originally the central section of a folding triptych consisting of three panels, it will be exhibited with two wings (sportelli) from a private collection that recently have been linked to it. Their similar dates, measurements, traces of hinges, and related iconographies suggest that the trio may once have been part of the same triptych.

Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art

Nov 8 2013 - Feb 9 2014

Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art is a retrospective of this distinguished contemporary painter’s signature subjects. Clarice Smith's work moves easily among diverse subjects, among them The Garden, Florals, Still Life, Landscapes, Equines, Screens, and Figures, each with its own rich visual traditions. Drawing upon her deep knowledge of art history, as well as a keen eye for the directly observed, the artist produces immensely fulfilling paintings that gratify the eye and also stimulate reflection.

Clarice Smith, Floral (Orange and White Lilies in Glass Vases), 1985. Oil on canvas. Private collection

Works have been selected to present a concentrated, yet complete, overview of Smith’s signature subjects, as well as the evolution of her artistic vision over more than three and a half decades. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, featuring an essay by eminent writer and art historian Avis Berman based upon extended interviews with the artist. The exhibition will also feature an audio tour on the same format, which will allow visitors to listen to Clarice Smith discussing her own works.

From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New-York Historical Society

Jun 7 2013 - Sep 8 2013

This exhibition of American art, drawn from the New-York Historical Society's venerable collections, presents a chronological and thematic survey of masterworks ranging in date from 1720 to 1917. Included are Colonial, Federal, and Gilded Age portraits; Hudson River School landscapes; marine and maritime paintings, with a focus on works inspired by the War of 1812; and genre, history, and narrative subjects.

Thomas Buttersworth (English, 1758-1842), Escape of H.M.S. Belvidera from the U.S. Frigate President, ca. 1815, Oil on canvas, 16 x 22 in. (40.6 x 55.9 cm), Bequest of Irving S. Olds, 1963.58

Woven throughout the installation are a medley of artist portraits that traces American masters from Benjamin West’s London studio to the mid-nineteenth century ateliers of New York. Highlights include works by Gerardus Duyckinck, Charles Willson Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West, Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Thomas Birch, Thomas Buttersworth, William Sidney Mount, John F. Kensett, John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam.

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