City of Workers, City of Struggle – How Labor Movements Changed New York

May 1, 2019 – 10:00am – 6:00pm – On exhibit daily; closing TBA

Explore the fascinating history of labor in New York City.
For over two centuries, working people’s movements have shaped New York—and vice versa. Some of the first labor organizations in the country were formed by the city’s artisans in the early 19th century, and some of the nation’s foremost labor leaders have been New Yorkers, from Samuel Gompers and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn to A. Philip Randolph and Sidney Hillman, and more recently John Sweeney and Dennis Rivera.

But working New Yorkers have also struggled with each other over pay, power, and inclusion. New waves of workers—women, immigrants, people of color, and the “unskilled”—have repeatedly defined their own movements for a better life, and in the process remade city life in ways that affect all. City of Workers traces the social, political, and economic story of these diverse workers and their movements in New York through rare documents, artifacts, and footage, and considers the future of labor in the city.

Opening date: May 1, 2019; Closing date: TBA

The Museum and Museum Store are open seven days a week from 10:00 am–6:00 pm. Chalsty’s Café is open daily from 10:00 am–5:00 pm.

Cost: Suggested admission: Adults: $18; Seniors (65+); Students: $12 (with I.D.); Under age 20: Free and Members: Free.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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Mediums of Exchange: Uptown Artists

Ongoing – until May 4, 2019 10:00am – 4:00pm

Mediums of Exchange is a two-part exhibition and the first collaboration between two of the largest exhibition spaces in the City University of New York’s network of galleries. The project is co-curated by Bartholomew F. Bland, Director, Lehman College Art Gallery, and Lisa Panzera, Director, Shirley Fiterman Art Center.

In the decade since the financial meltdown of 2008, artists worked to transform economic uncertainty into artworks of visual significance.

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Lehman College Art Gallery
250 Bedford Park Blvd West – Fine Arts Building
Bronx NY 10468 US

Ademola Olugebefola Past and Present Art Works

April 13, 2019 6:00pm – 9:00pm

X Gallery Presents Ademola Olugebefola * Past and Present Mixed Media

What: Ademola’s Past and present artworks will include artwork that has appeared in numerous museums and galleries and a new selection of miniature abstract landscapes.

Who: Ademola Olugebefola is a Harlem-based contemporary renowned artist whose work has been shown in countless exhibitions at American museums, cultural centers and universities in America and abroad His distinctive art and career references are noted in many books, catalogs, periodicals, videos, media articles, journals, public and private archives. As one of the founders of the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, Ademola continues a legacy as a cultural icon and pioneer. Please join us to celebrate with this amazing artist.

Where: X Gallery @ 163 Malcolm X Boulevard. On 118th street

Viewing: Saturdays and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m. April 6th to 28th 

Reception: April 13th from 6 to p.m.


Contact: X Gallery
Phone: 5045771268

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X Gallery
163 Malcolm X Boulevard (118th street)
New York NY 10027 United States

Stonewall 50 Cabaret

April 25, 2019 7:00pm

The Library’s exhibition Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 comes to life in a night of song, comedy, and burlesque.


  • Morgan Bassichis
  • Justin Vivian Bond
  • brASS
  • Jes Tom

In a night of original performance, several of today’s most ambitious, creative, and socially conscious entertainers pay homage to the past, present, and future of the LGBTQ movement for civil rights that was spurred by the riots at the Stonewall Inn in 1969. Held in conjunction with the Library’s current exhibition, Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50, this cabaret will bring to life the exhibition’s themes of political activism, love, night life, and the rise of the queer press.

This event is 21+ and ID is required. 

General Admission: $40.00.

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NYPL – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York NY 10018 USA

In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body

April 16, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The National Black Theater (NBT), in partnership with the Schomburg Center, presents a one-day event examining the movement of the Black bodies in America and the impact it has had in the quest for liberation.

Utilizing Schomburg Center archives, multidisciplinary performance, and community dialogue, NBT will commission new pieces by theater-makers of African descent to examine the works of James Baldwin, Harriet Powers, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, and Jacob Lawrence to understand the complexities Black people have faced migrating in America.

Presented as part of the Carnegie Hall Migration Festival.

Price: Free

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

We Wore More Than Shackles ~ A Day in the Life of Seneca Village

Until Apr 30, 2019 8:00am

New exhibition by the artist Sara Bunn. We Wore More Than Shackles ~ A Day in the Life of Seneca Village are life size, beautifully clothed figures, inspired by 1830s fashions, representing the people of Seneca Village. Recognizing both Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the exhibition tells a story through fashion, in colorful reproduction period pieces, viewing Seneca Village residents through an expanded lens, not often told.

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Port Authority
625 8th Avenue
New York NY 10018 USA

Open Archive: Regina Andrews and Jean Blackwell Hutson

April 9, 2019 1:00pm – 2:30pm

In celebration of National Library Workers Day, Schomburg curators, librarians, and archivists will display selections from our unparalleled collection of archival materials highlighting the influence of NYPL librarian Regina Anderson Andrews and Jean Blackwell Hutson, archivist, curator, and former chief librarian of the Schomburg Center.

Photo Credit: Jean Blackwell Hutson with Langston Hughes, Jean Blackwell Hutson Portrait Collection, Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Price: Free

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

Eric N. Mack: Lemme walk across the room

January 11–July 7, 2019 11:00am – 6:00pm
Great Hall, 1st Floor

Lemme walk across the room, the first New York City solo exhibition by the emerging artist Eric N. Mack, transforms the Museum’s Great Hall with a site-responsive installation of new and existing textile-based works hung, mounted, and draped in conversation with the classical architecture of the space. Mack’s work explodes the boundaries of painting, sculpture, and fashion, dynamically reflecting and framing the rich visual experiences of the everyday.

New York–based Mack (b. 1987) considers the essential elements of abstract painting, including color, form, and gesture, but does so through a distinct focus on nontraditional materials such as multitextured and hand-stained textiles, pegboard, photographs, and images clipped from magazines. He encourages the viewer’s intimate relationship with the work by folding, fastening, draping, or even suspending his paintings so that visitors can move about the space—walking among, or even under, the elements of his installation. In this insistent consideration of how the viewer’s body relates to his paintings in real time, Mack’s work draws from not only sculpture but also fashion—a medium of particular interest to him with its potential for aesthetic experience within everyday interaction. Fashion and musical performance components further activate the exhibition, presenting painting as a living and multisensory practice.

Eric N. Mack: Lemme walk across the room is curated by Ashley James, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.

This emerging artist is presented at the Brooklyn Museum with the support of Deutsche Bank.


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Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11238-6052 US

Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll

April 8, 2019 10:00am

For the first time, a major museum exhibition will examine the instruments of rock and roll. One of the most important artistic movements of the twentieth century, rock and roll’s seismic influence was felt across culture and society. Early rock musicians were attracted to the wail of the electric guitar and the distortion of early amplifiers, a sound that became forever associated with rock music and its defining voice. Rock fans have long been fascinated with the instruments used by musicians. Many have sought out and acquired the exact models of instruments and equipment used by their idols, and spent countless hours trying to emulate their music and their look. The instruments used in rock and roll had a profound impact on this art form that forever changed music.

The exhibition is co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and will present approximately 130 instruments alongside posters and costumes. Many of rock’s most celebrated and recognized instruments will be featured, representing artists across generations and subgenres. In addition to institutional and private collectors, many musicians are lending their performance and recording instruments.

Accompanied by a catalogue.

General admission is $25 for adults; $17 for seniors; $12 for students; and free for Members, Patrons, and children under 12.


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York NY 10028 US

One: Egúngún

February 8–August 18, 2019 11:00am – 6:00pm

Stephanie and Tim Ingrassia Gallery of Contemporary Art, 4th Floor

One: Egúngún tells the life story of a twentieth-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (egúngún), from its origins in Ògbómọ̀ṣọ́, Nigeria, to its current home in Brooklyn. Composed of over three hundred textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Centuries old, egúngún is still practiced in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora.

While previously exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, this egúngúnhas not been the focus of extensive research until now. In summer 2018, its origins were traced back to its makers, the Lekewọgbẹ family. Though no longer ritually empowered according to its community of origin, it remains a compelling symbol of belief. By highlighting a single egúngún, this exhibition emphasizes the global connections of African masquerades while challenging the misconception that cultural practices are static.

Also on view are four related West African textiles and garments; interviews with Nigerian scholars and contemporary artists; and photographs and films of egúngún festivals. A text contributed by the Brooklyn Yorùbá community brings diasporic perspective. One: Egúngún is the first Brooklyn Museum exhibition to include wall texts in English and Yorùbá.

At the request of the Lekewọgbẹ family—the makers of this egúngún—this exhibition honors their family name and masquerade heritage. We thank and acknowledge them.

One: Egúngún is curated by Kristen Windmuller-Luna, Sills Family Consulting Curator, African Arts, Brooklyn Museum.

Each exhibition in the One Brooklyn series focuses on an individual work chosen from our encyclopedic collection, revealing the many stories woven into a single work of art. One Brooklyn is made possible by a generous contribution from JPMorgan Chase & Co. Additional support for One: Egúngún is provided by the Sills Family Foundation.


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Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn NY 11238-6052 US