Tattooed New York – February 3, 2017 – April 30, 2017 | 10:00am – 6:00pm
For more than 300 years, New York has played a central role in the development of modern tattooing, from its origins in Native American body art to tattoo craft by sailors in colonial New York to the three-decade tattoo ban instituted in 1961 and the subsequent underground tattoo culture. Its diverse history is explored in Tattooed New York, an exciting exhibition where history and pop culture converge to tell the complex story of a controversial art form in America’s cultural nucleus.
Among the 250+ elements on view are the New-York Historical Society’s set of 1710 Four Indian Kings prints and one of the earliest recordings (1706) in Western accounts of a pictograph done by a Seneca warrior representing his tattoos and personal signature. Highlights of the exhibition include Thomas Edison’s electric pen and early 20th-century tattoo machinery; dramatic sideshow banners and cabinet cards; a large selection of designs by the Bowery pioneers of modern tattooing, including Sam O’Reilly, Lew Alberts, Bob Wicks, Ed Smith, and Bill Jones; rare photography documenting the tattoo ban years and artwork by mainstream visual artists who tattooed during the ban; and works by some of the finest New York tattoo artists of today. Organized by the New-York Historical Society, this exhibition is curated by Research Associate Cristian Petru Panaite.
Museum hours: Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday – 10am-6pm; Friday – 10am-8pm; Sunday – 11am-5pm; CLOSED ON MONDAYS.
Cost: General admission: $20; $15 for Seniors; $12 for Students; free for children under 6 years old. Exhibit is free once admission is paid. On Fridays, donations are optional.
Contact: New York Historical Society
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at 77th Street
New York NY 10024 US