N-Y Historical Society
The N-Y Historical Society has announced the following exhibitions for June:
BEER HERE: BREWING NEW YORK’S HISTORY
Until September 2, 2012
To consider the fascinating yet largely anonymous legacy of beer brewing in New York City, the New-York Historical Society examines the city’s long relationship to this age-old drink in Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History, on display through September 2, 2012. This exhibit surveys the social, economic, political, and technological history of the production and consumption of beer, ale, and porter in the city from the seventeenth century to the present. Exhibit sections explore such topics as: the nutritional properties of colonial beer and early New York brewers in the age of revolution; infrastructure innovations and the importance of access to clean water; large-scale brewing in nineteenth-century New York and the influence of immigration; the influence of temperance and impact of prohibition; bottling, canning, refrigeration and other technological advances; and the state of the city’s breweries in the age of mass production. Featured artifacts and documents include: a 1779 account book from a New York City brewer who sold beer and ale to both the British and patriot sides; sections of early nineteenth-century wooden pipes from one of the city’s first water systems; a bronze medal that commemorates an 1855 New York State temperance law; beer trays from a variety of late nineteenth-century brewers; sign from the campaign to repeal prohibition; and a selection of advertisements from Piels, Rheingold and Schaefer, beloved hometown brewers. The exhibit concludes with a small beer hall that features a selection of favorite New York City and State artisanal beers.
STORIES IN STERLING: FOUR CENTURIES OF SILVER IN NEW YORK
Until September 23, 2012
Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York highlights the histories of 150 notable examples of silver from its collection. Made across the span of four centuries, the objects in the exhibition tell a diversity of stories: many speak to individual accomplishment and family pride, while a few have unsettling ties or backgrounds. The silver, ranging from simple spoons to extravagant trophies, culled from a trove of over 3,000 objects, includes powerful eyewitness artifacts linked to significant moments in the history of New York and the United States.
“BE SURE! BE SAFE! GET VACCINATED” SMALLPOX, VACCINATION AND CIVIL LIBERTIES IN NEW YORK
Until September 2, 2012
“Get Vaccinated!"—part of a slogan from an incredibly successful 1947 campaign requesting voluntary vaccination (when five million New Yorkers were vaccinated in two weeks)— will trace the history of smallpox and efforts to manage it in the crowded environs of the nation’s largest city. The exhibition begins with the use of inoculation (the introduction of matter from a pustule on the body of smallpox sufferer), in the eighteenth century, and George Washington’s dramatic decision to inoculate his troops during the Revolutionary War, amid rumors that the British were intentionally infecting rebel populations. Themes emphasized in Get Vaccinated! include the history of vaccination itself, the painful conflict between the need to manage disease in an urban environment and the rights of individuals to resist government interference in their private lives, the growing effectiveness of public relations campaigns in promoting public health initiatives, bioterrorism and the political and economic impact of all epidemics in the city, including cholera, typhus, yellow fever and AIDS.
MAKING AMERICAN TASTE: NARRATIVE ART FOR A NEW DEMOCRACY
Until September 9, 2012.
Featuring fifty-five works from New-York Historical’s great collection, Making American Taste casts new light on both the history of American art and the formation of American cultural ideals during a crucial period from roughly the 1830s to the late 1860s. The exhibition includes the long-awaited debut after conservation of Louis Lang’s famed monumental history painting of 1862: Return of the 69th (Irish) Regiment from the Seat of War. The painting is a centerpiece of our commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.
BEAUTIES OF THE GILDED AGE: PETER MARIÉ’S MINIATURES OF SOCIETY WOMEN
Until September 9, 2012
Rotation Two: March 13, 2012 – July 8, 2012
Rotation Three: July 10, 2012 – September 9, 2012
Between 1889 and 1903, New York socialite Peter Marié (1825–1903) commissioned portrait miniatures of women whom he believed epitomized female beauty. His collection of nearly 300 watercolor-on-ivory miniatures stands today as a vivid document of New York’s Gilded Age aristocracy. Beauties of the Gilded Age presents likenesses of many prominent women of the era, including legendary socialite Edith Minturn, athlete Edith Hope Goddard, and social activist Emeline Winthrop. The fragile and rarely exhibited portraits are displayed in four-month rotations in a special new gallery designed for intimate viewing.