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Actress, producer, and director Eva Le Gallienne built a reputation for taking classic works of literature and bringing them to life in the theater. In her 1932 production of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this was applied in extraordinary proportions (quite literally). 

Top: White Studio (New York, N.Y.). [Eva Le Gallienne as the White Queen, Josephine Hutchinson as Alice, and Leona Roberts as the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland”.]. 1932. Museum of the City of New York. 37.350.26.

Above: Sir John Tenniel. The White and Red Queen Sleeping. Illustration for Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. 1865.

FLOPS: when good theater goes bad

TOP: Mary Tyler Moore during a rehearsal for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Originally titled “Holly Golightly” during its pre-Broadway tour. Production closed after four previews on Broadway. United Press International. 1966. Museum of the City of New York. 81.54.3969.

ABOVE: Clark Gable and Beth Merrill in “Blind Window”. After playing in Baltimore and Philadelphia, the production was supposed to open Christmas Eve, 1929 at the Hudson Theatre, but it closed before then. White Studio (New York, N.Y.)1929. Museum of the City of New York. 37.399.778.

Broadway is a magical place. Through the dreams, combined talents, and sheer luck of a group of people, audiences are transported into another world brought to life right before them. At least that’s the plan. Sometimes things go horribly, splendidly wrong. Read more on MCNY’s blog.

From the late 1940s through the early 1960s, Mac Conner enjoyed great success as an illustrator for advertisements and for fiction stories appearing in several women’s and general interest magazines. 
Conner notes. “I was never an artist, in other words. I liked to paint people.” An artist, he explains, “gets a thrill out of painting that tree or that valley. And I never got my thrills that way. I got my thrills from people doing things, the way [a person] stands … they all had their characteristics, and I liked to paint them.”
A similar sensibility informs the photographs of a young Stanley Kubrick, who worked in the same era as a staff photographer for LOOK magazine. From 1945-1950, before gaining notoriety as a film director, Kubrick captured candid moments of everyday life on the streets of New York City. Both Conner and Kubrick were tasked with providing striking images that would grab the attention of readers. Read on …
Top: Stanley Kubrick, Life & Love on the New York City Subway [Passengers on a subway] for Look Magazine. 1946.
Bottom: Mac Conner, The Girl Who was Crazy about Jimmy Durant. 1953.

From the late 1940s through the early 1960s, Mac Conner enjoyed great success as an illustrator for advertisements and for fiction stories appearing in several women’s and general interest magazines. 

Conner notes. “I was never an artist, in other words. I liked to paint people.” An artist, he explains, “gets a thrill out of painting that tree or that valley. And I never got my thrills that way. I got my thrills from people doing things, the way [a person] stands … they all had their characteristics, and I liked to paint them.”

A similar sensibility informs the photographs of a young Stanley Kubrick, who worked in the same era as a staff photographer for LOOK magazine. From 1945-1950, before gaining notoriety as a film director, Kubrick captured candid moments of everyday life on the streets of New York City. Both Conner and Kubrick were tasked with providing striking images that would grab the attention of readers. Read on …

Top: Stanley Kubrick, Life & Love on the New York City Subway [Passengers on a subway] for Look Magazine. 1946.

Bottom: Mac Conner, The Girl Who was Crazy about Jimmy Durant. 1953.

Clowns inspire laughter and happiness in some people, and fear or aversion in many others. They have been around for more than 4,000 years and in nearly as many places and cultures, entertaining or frightening Egyptian pharaohs, Chinese imperial courts, ancient Greek and Roman audiences, and Aztec rulers, to name just a few. Read more about clowns of the circus and the stage. 
Above: James T. Powers as Biggs the Clown. Collection of the Museum of the City of New York 46.246.238.

Clowns inspire laughter and happiness in some people, and fear or aversion in many others. They have been around for more than 4,000 years and in nearly as many places and cultures, entertaining or frightening Egyptian pharaohs, Chinese imperial courts, ancient Greek and Roman audiences, and Aztec rulers, to name just a few. Read more about clowns of the circus and the stage. 

Above: James T. Powers as Biggs the Clown. Collection of the Museum of the City of New York 46.246.238.

The Museum of the City of New York is thrilled to announce a partnership with Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to document archaeological collections owned by the City of New York. Read more on our blog »
Above: Early 20th Century finds from Upper Manhattan

The Museum of the City of New York is thrilled to announce a partnership with Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) to document archaeological collections owned by the City of New York.

Read more on our blog »

Above: Early 20th Century finds from Upper Manhattan

Graffiti Artistry in Da House

Spray paint on the walls and breakdancers in the house…it’s the 80s all over again here at the City Museum! Join the b-boys and b-girls of Hush Tours in our rotunda for breakdancing & hip hop every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Come step your print on the museum; how often will you get to break it down on the marble floors of Fifth Ave.? It’s all part of our City as Canvas summer, bringing the graffiti art of Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000 to life! 

Check out these steps from our debut demo this morning.

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The Rotunda: Where we break it down!

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#CityasCanvas

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The winds were the strongest I have ever experienced

"Leading up to the storm, we were told to evacuate City Island. The police literally went door to door. Many of our neighbors did leave. In over 100 years, no storm has ever come close to flooding our home, we are on high ground, so we stayed. As a volunteer for our local paper, The Island Current, I also knew I wanted to photograph this storm. At the time I took the photograph of the waves crashing into the Kayak Club, the winds were the strongest I have ever experienced. But I was sheltered by waterfront condos behind me and to my left."
-Rick DeWitt

Rising Waters, Photographs of Hurricane Sandy runs through Sunday, April 20 at the Museum of the City of New York.

The winds were the strongest I have ever experienced

"Leading up to the storm, we were told to evacuate City Island. The police literally went door to door. Many of our neighbors did leave. In over 100 years, no storm has ever come close to flooding our home, we are on high ground, so we stayed. As a volunteer for our local paper, The Island Current, I also knew I wanted to photograph this storm. At the time I took the photograph of the waves crashing into the Kayak Club, the winds were the strongest I have ever experienced. But I was sheltered by waterfront condos behind me and to my left."

-Rick DeWitt

Rising Waters, Photographs of Hurricane Sandy runs through Sunday, April 20 at the Museum of the City of New York.

Sandy’s Impacts: Life as they knew it was completely ripped out and interrupted
"When I made the Rising Waters photo I was hired by Gary Segal, President of Five Star Electric. They were hired by the City to rewire homes on the Rockaway peninsula devastated by hurricane Sandy for Rapid Repairs. I was photographing the men, lots of basements and boilers… As I was walking through the kitchen of this home - the scene you see stopped me in my tracks- it was a definitive moment, a decisive moment - it was the human story, not the rapid repairs story. I made that pic for me not for Five Star. It couldn’t be ignored. Still tacked to the wall were emergency phone numbers. Life as they knew it was completely ripped out and interrupted.”
— Ellen Wolff
Rising Waters, Photographs of Hurricane Sandy runs through Sunday, April 20 at the Museum of the City of New York.

Sandy’s Impacts: Life as they knew it was completely ripped out and interrupted

"When I made the Rising Waters photo I was hired by Gary Segal, President of Five Star Electric. They were hired by the City to rewire homes on the Rockaway peninsula devastated by hurricane Sandy for Rapid Repairs. I was photographing the men, lots of basements and boilers…

As I was walking through the kitchen of this home - the scene you see stopped me in my tracks- it was a definitive moment, a decisive moment - it was the human story, not the rapid repairs story. I made that pic for me not for Five Star. It couldn’t be ignored. Still tacked to the wall were emergency phone numbers. Life as they knew it was completely ripped out and interrupted.”

Ellen Wolff


Rising Waters, Photographs of Hurricane Sandy runs through Sunday, April 20 at the Museum of the City of New York.

Sandy’s Impacts: We may lose our material wealth but we can never lose our memories
"This particular picture was taken in New Dorp, Staten Island.  The girl’s name on the picture is Ashley and she had just found her mother’s wedding dress in the debris of their home in New Dorp.  She was trying it on as I was walking past, I spoke to her and her family and they allowed me to photograph her.  This picture for me stands out because it reminds us that we may lose our material wealth but we can never lose our memories.  Further more, the contrast between the destruction and the white wedding dress is striking and shocking but leaves somehow a positive note."
— Margarita Mavromichalis
Rising Waters, Photographs of Hurricane Sandy runs through Sunday, April 20 at the Museum of the City of New York.

Sandy’s Impacts: We may lose our material wealth but we can never lose our memories

"This particular picture was taken in New Dorp, Staten Island.  The girl’s name on the picture is Ashley and she had just found her mother’s wedding dress in the debris of their home in New Dorp.  She was trying it on as I was walking past, I spoke to her and her family and they allowed me to photograph her.  This picture for me stands out because it reminds us that we may lose our material wealth but we can never lose our memories.  Further more, the contrast between the destruction and the white wedding dress is striking and shocking but leaves somehow a positive note."

— Margarita Mavromichalis

Rising Waters, Photographs of Hurricane Sandy runs through Sunday, April 20 at the Museum of the City of New York.

It was the world’s first hip-hop motion picture. Tickets are now on sale for the March 20 screening of Charlie Ahearn’s film “Wild Style” depicting breakdancing, freestyle MCing, and graffiti writing on the streets and subways of New York in 1980s. A Q&A with the director and artists SHARP and ZEPHYR will follow the screening: http://bit.ly/1h4ZWpc #CityAsCanvas

It was the world’s first hip-hop motion picture. Tickets are now on sale for the March 20 screening of Charlie Ahearn’s film “Wild Style” depicting breakdancing, freestyle MCing, and graffiti writing on the streets and subways of New York in 1980s. A Q&A with the director and artists SHARP and ZEPHYR will follow the screening: http://bit.ly/1h4ZWpc #CityAsCanvas