Collecting New York’s Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious at Museum of the City of New York, January 22, 2020

“Museum of the City of New York, the city institution with a celebrated collection of some 750,000 objects and images, shared details about its new exhibition, Collecting New York’s Stories: Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious. The special presentation features highlights from the hundreds of additions to the Museum’s permanent collection amassed over the past three years, running the gamut from the colonial era to the recent past. The full exhibition includes both a gallery of historic and contemporary photographs as well as a companion gallery featuring drawings, garments, posters, decorative art objects and other artifacts of the city. The range of work illuminates compelling and varied New York stories, and speaks to the Museum’s commitment to building a collection reflective of the city in its multifaceted glory.” — Museum of the City of New York

“New York City’s diversity and dynamism is beautifully reflected in the variety of artists, collectors, and ordinary New Yorkers represented in our collection,” says Whitney Donhauser, President and Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York.  “Collecting New York’s Stories includes exciting recent additions to our contemporary photography collection alongside historical artifacts and ephemera, allowing visitors to delve deeper into the many faces, places, and touch points of our beloved city.”

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Installation view of Collecting New York’s Stories. Photo by Corrado Serra.

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John Lee. Valentina, 1951. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Kohle Yohannan, 2017.54.44

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Ruggero Rugarli. Victory Photos, Lower East Side, 1960 (printed later). Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Massimo Rugarli, 2019.3.2

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Bruce Davidson. Kathy Fixing Her Hair in a Cigarette Machine Mirror, Coney Island, 1959. From Series: “Brooklyn Gang”. Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York. Anonymous gift, 2018.40.385

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Martha Cooper. Lower East Side [Boy Jumping from Fire Escape], 1978 (printed later). Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York. Museum purchase, 2017.47.1

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Walter Rosenblum. Hopscotch, 105th Street, New York, 1952 (printed later). Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of the Rosenblum Family, 2017.38.28

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Richard Sandler. CC Train, New York, 1985 (printed later). Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Richard Sandler, 2018.8.12

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Mitchell Hartman. Elevated (5 Pointz), Long Island City, Queens, 2014. Archival pigment print. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Mitchell Hartman, 2018.34.14

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Janette Beckman. RUN DMC with Posse, Hollis, Queens, 1984 (printed later). 
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Jeffrey Henson. Scales Buy Black, 1986–1992. From series: “House’s Barbershop, Harlem”. Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York. Museum purchase, 2019.45.2

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Allan Tannenbaum. John Lennon and Yoko Ono in front of the Dakota, New York, 1980. Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York. Museum purchase, 2019.5.2

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Robert Herman. The Misfits, New York, 1981 (printed later). Archival pigment print. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Jeanne Devine, 2017.52.4

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Allan Tannenbaum. Sid Vicious Under Arrest for the Murder of Girlfriend Nancy Spungen, New York, 1978. Gelatin silver print. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Allan Tannenbaum, 2019.6.4

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Kenji Nakahashi. Empire on Mirror, 1998. Chromogenic development print. Museum of the City of New York. Anonymous gift in memory of Kenji Nakahashi, 2017.57.20

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David Rothenberg. Cleveland-Hopkins Intl to LaGuardia, 2018. From series: “Landing Lights Park”. Archival pigment print. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of David Rothenberg, 2019.37.1

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Installation view of Collecting New York’s Stories. Photo by Corrado Serra.

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Milton Glaser. “I [Heart] New York More Than Ever,” 2001. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Milton Glaser, 2019.27.3

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Installation view of Collecting New York’s Stories. Photo by Corrado Serra.

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[Gilt-covered hatbox], 1952. Museum of the City of New York. Anonymous gift, 2019.25.2AB

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Installation view of Collecting New York’s Stories. Photo by Corrado Serra.

Collecting New York’s Stories is curated by Lindsay Turley, Vice President of Museum Collections; Sarah Henry, Deputy Director and Chief Curator; and Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs.

Title photograph by Corrado Serra.