The Museum of the City of New York Presents Upcoming Evening Events, 2/7

February 4
8:24 2013

New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman will lead a conversation among a wide-ranging group of thinkers about how New York City can tackle large-scale public projects in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, both effectively and fairly. With architectural historian Hilary Ballon, University Professor at NYU and curator of the Museum's blockbuster exhibitions on Robert Moses and the Grid; Adam Freed, Director of the Global Securing Water Program at the Nature Conservancy; Adriaan Geuze, founding Principal of West 8 Urban Design & Landscape Architecture (Rotterdam and New York); and Philip Orton, Research Scientist at Stevens Institute of Technology and an expert on storm surges and physical oceanography.

Reservations required
$6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 general public

Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30pm
"The Other Side of Currier & Ives"

Widely known for their picturesque winter scenes and quaint landscapes, Currier & Ives also produced the "Darktown Comics," an enormously popular series that portrayed African Americans as dim-witted buffoons, promoting stereotypes popularized in 19th-century minstrel shows. Joshua Brown, executive director of the American Social History Project at CUNY, moderates a discussion with Professor David Jaffee of Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design and Culture; and University of Maryland Professor Carla Peterson, author of Black Gotham, about the "other side" of Currier & Ives. The panel will look at the broader catalog of the most important commercial art firm of the 19th century, exploring the climate and attitudes that made "Darktown" one of its most profitable series.

Presented in honor of Black History Month and in conjunction with "Currier & Ives and Other Winter Tales."

Reservations required
$6 Museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 general public

To register for any program call 917-492-3395 or visit

The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue (between 103 and 104 streets), New York, NY.



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