NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS PHOTOGRAPHS OF Ninety COMPELLING LANDMARKS
The Landmarks of New York on view December 14, 2012 – February 18, 2013
NEW YORK, NY, November 28, 2012 – This winter the New-York Historical Society will present The Landmarks of New York, an exhibition which explores the history of New York as revealed by its historical structures. The exhibition’s ninety photographs of New York landmarks are critical documents that chronicle the city’s past from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. As the city grew, single family houses were replaced by apartment buildings and then skyscrapers; agriculture replaced manufacturing, which was supplanted by commerce and the movement of goods and services. All of these structures tell the story of New York’s journey from a small colonized village to a world class city.
The city’s landmarks embrace New York’s history as told not only through documents such as those in the collections of the New-York Historical Society but also through the buildings where its citizens have lived, worked, and worshipped; through the parks which have provided respite from the city streets; through public monuments which adorn neighborhoods; and even the cemeteries which tell stories of those buried there.
Since 1965, when the New York City Landmarks law was instituted, more than 30,000 structures and environments throughout the five boroughs have been designated as landmarks and thus protected from destruction. New York’s law, passed after citizens’ outrage over the razing of Pennsylvania Station, became the benchmark upon which worldwide preservation movements have been built.
As a powerful force in shaping the direction of preservation, arts, and cultural policy in New York City, Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, curator of The Landmarks of New York, has served as a leading voice on some of the defining urban issues of our time. The longest serving New York City Landmarks Commissioner, she was the first woman to serve as Vice Chair of the US Commission of Fine Arts, and is currently the Vice Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts. As Chair of the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, she created and underwrote New York City’s Historic District Street Signs and was the founder/creator of the Cultural Medallion program, which commemorates people or events that have made critical contributions to the city’s heritage.
The exhibition is being coordinated at the New-York Historical Society by Marilyn Satin Kushner, Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections.
About the New-York Historical Society
New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; and the 2009 exhibition Lincoln and New York. Supporting these exhibitions and related educational programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.
From October 5, 2012 through May 27, 2013, New-York Historical is presenting WWII & NYC, a major new exhibition on the most widespread, destructive, and consequential conflict in history. WWII & NYC will restore to memory New York’s crucial and multifaceted role in winning the war, and commemorate the 900,000 New Yorkers who served in the military while also exploring the many ways in which those who remained on the home front contributed to the national war effort.