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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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.

Featuring

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

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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Location
Port Authority
625 8th Avenue
New York NY 10018 USA

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

Syncretic Vibrations: Exploring the Mosaic of Blackness through the Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits Collection

Syncretic Vibrations

March 17, 2019 10:00am

Syncretic Vibrations: Exploring the Mosaic of Blackness through the Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits Collection is organized by the Schomburg Center’s Teen Curators, a curatorial program for high school students.

Through research, discussion, and creative investigation, this exhibition engages in a call and response with the collection of anthropologists Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits. The Schomburg’s Teen Curators reflected on an odyssey of blackness while questioning: who or what controls how a people are studied, represented, and therefore remembered?

In the title, “Syncretic” refers to the merging of two or more cultures making a new, distinct one, while “Vibrations” alludes to the ripple effect of Africanisms on all cultures. In the collection, students explored research journals and field notes from Suriname in South America and the African Kingdom of Dahomey. They also read excerpts from the book Myth of the Negro Past,  where Melville Herskovits argued against the theory that New World Africans had no past. Teen Curators critically engaged with materials in the Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits collection from the Schomburg Center’s four divisions: Art and Artifacts; Photographs and Prints; Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books; and Moving Image and Recorded Sound.

Syncretic Vibrations also features an array of student-produced works poignantly juxtaposed with artifacts from the Herskovits Collection. Students carved wooden combs, appliqued quilts, and created mixed-media collages. Through these works, students convey their own thoughts and opinions about the connection between the African Diasporic present and the African past.

Photo: Sarramakan Wooden Comb, Suriname. Melville J. and Frances S. Herskovits Collection , Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

Open now. Ongoing.

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

Open Archive: Nat King Cole

March 20, 2019 1:00pm

In celebration of Nat King Cole’s centennial birthday (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), Schomburg curators, librarians, and archivists will display selections from our unparalleled collection of archival materials highlighting Cole and his influence on entertainment. Nat King Cole was a jazz musician and vocalist whose 30-year career included recordings, concerts throughout the world, club appearances, television, and film. He was the first African American man to host an American television series. Cole was born in 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Free.

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

Cycling in the City

Opens March 14, 2019 |  10:00am – 6:00pm

Discover New York’s rich bicycling heritage.

Cycling in the City traces the bike’s transformation of urban transportation and leisure and explores the extraordinary diversity of cycling cultures in the city, past and present. The exhibition reveals the complex, creative, and often contentious relationship between New York and the bicycle, while underscoring the importance of cycling as the city confronts climate change, energy scarcity, and population growth in the years to come.

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.); and 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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Open Archive: Malcolm X

Feb 21, 2019 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Librarians and archivists will display selected items from our collections related to the civil rights leader, including never-before-seen handwritten letters and postcards, photographs, and the recently-acquired manuscripts of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Price: Free

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED

Events are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

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

Jackie Robinson Family Day

February 19, 2019 11:00am – 2:00pm

Learn about Jackie Robinson’s career as the first African American to play in Major League Baseball! Consider challenges and successes he faced during his career, then design a paper baseball to take home!

Registration suggested, but not required.

Price: Free with Museum admission

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