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New-York Historical Society Kicks Off February 2014 Films and Talks

The New-York Historical Society has announced its programs for February 2014. All programs are presented at the New-York Historical Society unless otherwise noted. Details below!


For tickets to Public Programs, call the New-York Historical Society's call center at (212) 485-9268 or visit Programs $34 (Members $20) unless otherwise noted.


Foreign Policy with David Sanger and Richard Haass

Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 pm

David E. Sanger, Richard N. Haass (moderator)

Here at home and across the globe, questions regarding U.S. foreign policy and national security are always of critical concern. Focusing on President Obama's unforeseen foreign policy challenges, David E. Sanger, in conversation with Richard N. Haass, highlights key issues for present and future U.S. foreign policy makers.

Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection

Saturday, February 8, 9:30-11 am

Debora Spar, Louise Mirrer (moderator)

$40 (members $28)

Over fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963 with an aim to rectify the imbalances between women and men in the workforce. But how far have women really come? Debora Spar, the president of one of the most esteemed all-women schools in the nation, examines the difficult choices and enduring challenges that continue to confront women today.

Before the Fall: From the Roaring Twenties to the Crash of '29

Saturday, February 15, 9:30-11 am

James Grant, Amity Shlaes, Byron R. Wien (moderator)

$40 (members $28)

Throughout the 1920s, the U.S. stock market experienced a period of unprecedented growth during which stocks more than quadrupled in value. But in 1929, the nation-and much of the Western world-was brought to its knees in one of the worst economic disasters in modern history. Focusing on the years preceding the crash, three experts explore how a near-decade of wild opulence and unbounded optimism culminated in Black Tuesday and the devastation that was left in its wake.

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Fight for Black Equality

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 pm

David Levering Lewis, Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)

$30 (members $18)

An accomplished scholar and outspoken activist, W.E.B. Du Bois fought racism and discrimination from local institutions to the highest levels of government. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis, in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, discusses the life and work of one of the most prominent civil rights activists of the early 20th century, from his role as a founding member of the NAACP to his vehement protests against the 1915 release of The Birth of a Nation, a film supported by President Woodrow Wilson that glorified the Ku Klux Klan.

The U.S. Constitution, Congress, and the Media

Saturday, February 22, 9:30-11 am

Kenji Yoshino, Robert Post, and Linda Greenhouse

$40 (members $28)

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, strained relations between the partisan forces in Congress are being amplified across the nation like never before. Following New-York Historical's Friday-night screening of Frank Capra's political drama Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, experts in constitutional law and legal history examine the interplay between the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and the media.

The White House Series: First Mothers

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 pm

Cokie Roberts, Gil Troy, Elizabeth Mehren, Lesley Stahl (moderator)

Many remarkable mothers have given birth to American presidents, and as a result, helped shape the course of history through their relationships. Although America has yet to elect a female President, many women have played important parts in shaping presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perceptions of women in politics. To celebrate the centennial of the Women's Suffrage Parade of 1913, four experts discuss past First Mothers who have influenced a nation.


Docent LEd Gallery Tour of the Armory Show at 100

Saturday, February 1, noon

$26 (members $8)

The New-York Historical Society offers a variety of exceptional group tours of our special exhibitions. Now individuals also can enjoy an in-depth exploration of the exhibition The Armory Show at 100 with one of our curator-trained docents. The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show which introduced the American public to European avant-garde art. The exhibition explores how the Armory Show inspired seismic shifts in American culture and includes works by Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh.


Entrance to the film series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical's Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6 - 8 pm). No advanced reservations. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6 pm.

Justice in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society's film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. This series will explore how film has tackled social conflict, morality, and the perennial struggles between right and wrong that are waged from the highest levels of government to the smallest of local communities.

American Madness (1932)

Friday, February 14, 7 pm

Richard Brody, Adam Gopnik

Released 14 years before It's a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra hints at the darker side of the American dream in this Depression-era film about an idealistic bank president who faces disaster after his institution is robbed. Directed by Frank Capra. Starring Walter Huston. 75 min.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

Friday, February 21, 7 pm

Robert Post, Linda Greenhouse

Robert Post, Dean of Yale Law School, and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse team up to present Frank Capra's classic political comedy-drama, which showcases Jimmy Stewart at his "everyman" finest. Directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Claude Rains, and EdWard Arnold. 129 min.

WWI and Its Legacy in Film
Join us for the New-York Historical Society's film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. Organized in conjunction with The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, these classic films take us through the trenches of the Great War and provide insight into how this conflict, unprecedented in scale, reshaped the 20th century.

The Red Shoes (1948)

Friday, February 7, 7 pm

Thelma Schoonmaker

Academy Award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker discusses her late husband's tragic masterpiece in which film and dance are flawlessly integrated to tell the tale of a talented young ballerina who is forced to choose between her craft and her heart. The music of the legendary dance sequence is evocative of The Rite of Spring, with groundbreaking filmography that later influenced young directors such as Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Brian DePalma. Set in post-WWI Europe. Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Starring Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook. 133 min..

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Friday: 10 am-8 pm (pay as you wish from 6 pm-8 pm)
Saturday: 10 am-6 pm
Sunday: 11 am-5 pm

Open Monday, February 17, Presidents' Day


Adults - $18
Teachers and Seniors - $14
Students - $12
Children (5-13)- $6
Children (under 4) -free

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