Museum of the City of New York Presents Hurricane Sandy Photography Exhibition on One-Year Anniversary, 10/28

Museum of the City of New York Presents Hurricane Sandy Photography Exhibition on One-Year Anniversary, 10/28

On October 29, 2013, on the one-year anniversary of the day that Superstorm Sandy struck New York City and the surrounding region with devastating consequences, the Museum of the City of New York will open a major photography exhibition featuring images taken by both professionals and everyday New Yorkers who captured astonishing moments - including with smartphones - during the storm and its aftermath. The exhibition, Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy draws on work submitted by over 900 photographers, many of whom were personally and profoundly impacted by the storm.

The Museum will hold a media preview on Monday, October 28th

When: Monday, October 28th, Noon to 3 PM

Where: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at East 103rd St.

What: Media Preview of Rising Waters. Interviews available with curators and photographers

[Media interested in attending should contact Justyna Zajac at jzajac(at)mcny(dot)org or Jeff Simmons at jeff(at)anatgerstein(dot)com.]

Presented in collaboration with the International Center of Photography, Rising Waters chronicles the cataclysmic force of Sandy through more than 200 color and black-and-white pictures. By incorporating print and digital images from a diverse group of photographers, spanning a wide spectrum of locations, the exhibition is a reflection on Sandy that is unique in power and scope. Shots range from iconic depictions of large-scale destruction, to intimate portraits of Sandy's impact on the lives of everyday people, to images taken during the height of the storm by photographers in perilous positions.

"One year later, Rising Waters presents a visual history of the worst storm ever to hit the New York City region," said Susan Henshaw Jones, the Ronay Menschel Director of the City Museum. "New Yorkers have short memories, but these images will shock and amaze, and this exhibition, I hope, will spark conversations about how to make our city better prepared for future storms."

The City Museum issued an open call for photographs in January, and the timeframe for submissions was extended through the end of July to gather images of longer-term recovery efforts. After poring over some 10,000 images, the final selections were made by a jury comprised of Sean Corcoran, Curator of Prints and Photographs for the Museum of the City of New York; Stella Kramer, Pulitzer-Prize-winning photography editor, curator and creative consultant; and Kristen Lubben, Curator for the International Center of Photography.

Additionally, on October 28th at 6:30 PM, the Museum will hold a forum, "URGENT: New York Perspectives on Resilience." Reservations are required, and can be made at

Media wishing to attend should RSVP to Justyna Zajac at jzajac(at)mcny(dot)org or Jeff Simmons at jeff(at)anatgerstein(dot)com.

Alexandros Washburn, author of The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience and New York's chief urban designer, will lead a discussion with four design, infrastructure, and environmental policy experts working in the post-Sandy trenches to improve New york City's resilience in the face of future storms: Marc Ricks, former chief of staff to former Deputy Mayor Daniel Doctoroff; architect Thaddeus Pawlowski, who began his career creating computer models of hurricane strikes and was then thrust to the frontlines of reality with the Housing Recovery Office; Dr. Nancy Kete, Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation who develops strategies and practices for infusing resilience thinking throughout the Foundation's work; and, Kate Orff, the landscape architect who exhibited her ideas in the Rising Current exhibit at MoMA and is now a finalist in a HUD competition to naturally strengthen coastlines.

The event is co-sponsored by The Architectural League of New York, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Island Press.