AIDS in New York: The First Five Years will explore the impact of the epidemic on personal lives, public health and medical practices, culture, and politics in New York City and the nation. Drawing from the archives of the New York Public Library, New York University, and the National Archive of LGBT History, the show will use posters, photographs, and artifacts to tell the story of the early years of AIDS in New York.
Generous support for this exhibition and its related educational programming has been provided, in part, by Ford Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the Keith Haring Foundation.
The New-York Historical Society will mark the occasion of the upcoming November elections with a small exhibition that surveys the history of American presidential elections through the lens of campaign ephemera and other items of material culture. A wide spectrum of 19th and 20th century presidential campaign memorabilia from New-York Historical's Museum will be displayed, including lapel buttons, parade lanterns, ribbons, flags, banners, whiskey bottles, neckties, thimbles, handkerchiefs and bandanas, board games, hats worn by the candidates and a dress worn by an Eisenhower supporter in 1956. These provocative objects illustrate the many forms of political persuasion that have been used over the past two centuries and reveal much about the nation's changing election issues, prevailing political decorum, and the characteristics that Americans value in their leaders. In our age, saturated with electronic and print media, it is easy to lose sight of the central role that these large and small campaign materials played as vehicles for signifying political loyalties and inspiring voter support.