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How Pussy Hats Are Making Their Way Into Museums Around The World

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.15.2017 | Arts

This January, history was made by a hat. Stitched together from a four-cornered pattern and a skein of pink yarn, the “pussy hat” emerged as the u...

Across Centuries, Jewish Culture, Art & History Illuminated in NYC Exhibits: A Lost Diary of a Converso Jew, Medieval Jerusalem & Mah Jongg are Featured

Penny Schwartz | Posted 01.02.2017 | Arts
Penny Schwartz

A version of this article published earlier in Jewish Journal Boston New York City - From the East Side to the West Side, from uptown to the Souther...

Weird That Thomas Edison Kind Of Invented The Tattoo Gun, No?

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.26.2016 | Arts

Thomas Edison is often billed as America’s greatest inventor. While the title is normally discussed in reference to things like the electric light b...

NY Historical Society To Preserve Post-It Notes Mourning Trump's Election

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 12.23.2016 | Arts

“Don’t give up ― stand up.” “Be kind.” “Respect and protect civil rights.” These are some of the messages scrawled across Post-It note...

100 Lamps from Tiffany Studios

J. Michael Welton | Posted 10.27.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

A new book from Rizzoli looks at 100 Tiffany lamps and the critical role that one woman played in creating them. The Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Natur...

A City in Bloom

Joel Epstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | New York
Joel Epstein

Anyone who knows me, knows how excited I am about the L.A. Metro Expo Line opening to Santa Monica next month. Still, this week I am feeling lucky to ...

American Impressionists at NYBG

J. Michael Welton | Posted 04.07.2016 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

How could you possibly improve upon pairing up American Impressionist art with flowers from New York's finest botanical garden? With a corresponding ...

Historian Eric Foner Wins Prestigious New York Historical Society Award

Jonah Raskin | Posted 02.16.2017 | Education
Jonah Raskin

It seems to be the job and perhaps the occupation hazard of the historian to remember the past, write about it and remind readers, students and citizens what happened long ago, as well as yesterday -- and who made it happen and why.

How the Computer Age Was Born in the 'Silicon City' of New York

Louise Mirrer | Posted 10.20.2016 | Arts
Louise Mirrer

When you think of the New-York Historical Society, you may imagine exhibitions about the Founding Fathers, or programs about the Civil War. Or maybe you picture the rare Colonial-era books and documents in our research Library, or our spectacular collection of Tiffany lamps.

How Black Lives Have Mattered in Art, From 1930s Protest Posters to Cell Phone Videos

Louise Mirrer | Posted 08.25.2016 | Black Voices
Louise Mirrer

New-York Historical's exhibition observes that American graphic art has now largely been replaced by graffiti, online postings and social media. Still, it is arguable that there is a direct line from the images crafted by artists of the past and the videos captured by ordinary citizens today.

A Novel Solution to America's 'History Deficit'

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Louise Mirrer

But when you go beyond such video anecdotes and learn how much or how little Americans generally know about our own past, you'll probably stop laughing.

Abraham Lincoln, American Moses

Louise Mirrer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Louise Mirrer

Following Lincoln's death, New York became the nation's center for enshrining Lincoln's legacy for the ages. It is, for that reason, particularly fitting that Lincoln and the Jews be on view at New-York Historical during this year's 150th anniversary of his assassination.

Yes, Women Have a History of Their Own

Louise Mirrer | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
Louise Mirrer

It turns out that dozens and dozens of our lamps were designed not by Louis Comfort Tiffany or any of the men under his supervision, but by a young woman named Clara Driscoll.

Photographs Of The Freedom Journey In 1965 Illuminate The Past's Connection To The Present

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts

Stephen Somerstein is a retired physicist who spent many years working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. But long before he devote...

You May Not Know About The First Chinese Americans, But You Should

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

It wasn't easy being Chinese American in the early days. From exclusionary laws to the racist caricatures that dotted newspaper comic pages, America w...

When Art Framed War

Louise Mirrer | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
Louise Mirrer

Americans responded to the art in the Armory Show with excitement, confusion, and dismay. Some members of the press called the exhibition's Gallery I, with its European modernist works, a "Chamber of Horrors."

The Armory Show at 100: Still a "Must See" for New Yorkers

Henry Miller | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Henry Miller

The New York Historical Society's blockbuster exhibition -- "The Armory Show at 100" -- runs through February 23. A major feature of the arts season l...

Of Art and History: The Armory Show at 100: The New-York Historical Society

Roslyn Bernstein | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
Roslyn Bernstein

A hundred years ago, in February 1913, some 87,000 art lovers viewed the International Exhibition of Modern Art, sponsored by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors at the Lexington Avenue Armory at 25th Street.

A Rare Look At The AIDS Epidemic In NYC

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The New-York Historical Society is offering a rare look back at the conflicts which defined the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in its latest exh...

A Terrifying Era: The First Five Years of AIDS

Jeffrey Sharlach | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jeffrey Sharlach

When my novel Running in Bed was published, one commentator questioned whether the world needed another book about AIDS. A new exhibit opening today at the New-York Historical Society, "AIDS in New York: The First Five Years" answers that question with a resounding "yes."

AIDS: The First Five Years

Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts

Recently, artists have begun to examine the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York with a new lens. The Oscar-nominated documentary "How to Surv...

How World War II Changed Everything -- Even Our Taste for Candy

Louise Mirrer | Posted 01.15.2013 | New York
Louise Mirrer

Legend has it that Forrest Mars got the idea for M&M'S in the 1930s, during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate.

An Intimate Art Exhibition for Father's Day

Jeanine Barone | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
Jeanine Barone

Max depicts his dad, a native New Yorker who would have turned 100 this year, in many iconic New York City sites. Each of the paintings in the exhibition convey intimacy, where his father -- often alone in the scene -- exudes a sense of isolation.

What To Do This Weekend

Posted 05.26.2012 | New York

Dylan Fest 2012 Where: Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, (212) 777-1224 When: Friday, 8PM Price: $25 This past Thursday, Bob Dylan celebrated his 71s...

George W. Bush: I Wish They Weren’t Called 'Bush Tax Cuts'

Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics

Former President George W. Bush spoke on fiscal policy on Tuesday, taking a jab at President Obama's tax plan and expressing a regret on his own cuts ...