The exhibition’s 90 photographs of landmarks are critical documents that chronicle the city’s journey from a small colonized village to a city at the center of the world from the 17th through the 20th centuries and includes the newly acquired set of 30 photographs by Christine Osinski, Steven Tucker, Reuben Cox, Julio Bofill, Michael Stewart, Michael Stewart, Andrew Garn, Richard Cappelluti, Adam S. Wahler, Eric C. Chung and others.
The photographs tell the city’s history through:
· the buildings where its citizens have lived and worked, such as the Woolworth Building, celebrating its 100th year in 2013, New York City Hall, and Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace;
· the parks that provide respite from the city streets, such as Literary Walk in Central Park and New York Botanical Garden;
· public monuments that adorn neighborhoods, such as The Unisphere in Queens from the 1964-5 New York World’s Fair and the Statue of Atlas in Rockefeller Center; and
· the churches and cemeteries where citizens worship and remember those buried there, such as West Park Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s Chapel and Graveyard.
This exhibition is curated by Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the longest serving New York City Landmarks Commissioner and Dr. Marilyn Kushner, New-York Historical Society Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections.
The exhibit will be on view December 14, 2012 – February 18, 2013. New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West between West 76th and West 77th Streets.
Photo: Steven Tucker, Woolworth Building, undated. Gelatin silver photograph. New-York Historical Society, Gift of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel.