To mark the end of summer, we celebrated Women’s Equality Day (August 26) at the New-York Historical Society with discounted entry and a guide to our diverse array of exhibitions featuring women’s history on all four floors of our museum. As we forge ahead into fall, the excitement continues with new exhibitions opening and a great slate of public programs. To learn more about all the great offerings at the Center for Women’s History, read on below and sign up for our mailing list on our homepage.
Shoe lovers have one more month to visit Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes in the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery (the show closes on October 8, 2018). Starting on November 2, the Cowin Gallery hosts Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, an exhibition of washboard-based assemblages by the pathbreaking artist Betye Saar, organized by the Craft and Folk Art Museum of Los Angeles. Over her six-decade career, Saar has transformed the representation of African Americans in the art world by recycling and reclaiming derogatory images such as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Toms, sambos, and mammies to confront the continued racism in American society and create representations of strength and perseverance.
Also opening this fall is Billie Jean King: The Road to 75, an installation of photographs on our 2nd floor celebrating the 75th birthday of the tennis great, lifelong activist, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This show complements our exhibition of artifacts from King’s storied career on our 4th floor. Both are on view through January 27, 2019.
We are thrilled to announce an exciting slate of fall programs, presented in intimate spaces throughout our museum. John Kurdewan and Joanna Nikas kick things off this Friday, talking with the Center for Women’s History’s director, Valerie Paley, about their work with legendary photographer Bill Cunningham. Conversations follow with Stuart and Jane Gershon Weitzman about their remarkable collection of historic shoes; with chef Angie Mar, food critic Mimi Sheraton, and editor Dana Cowin about the history of the fine dining industry in New York City; and with playwright Jessica Bashline, reproductive health advocate Ellen Barker, and Center for Women’s History curator Sarah Gordon about women’s reproductive health in 19th century New York. We are also thrilled to announce the theme for our 2019 Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History: Ninety-Nine Years Since Prohibition.
Women and the American Story
Finally, we are launching two new units of our groundbreaking curriculum guide, Women and the American Story, on Election Day 2018. Covering the early colonial period and the Progressive Era, these guides offer teachers and students a diverse array of sources on women’s history, for use in classrooms from sixth grade through high school. As we move toward our November launch, we will continue to feature blog posts highlighting both of these units, “Early Encounters” and “Modernizing America,” on Women at the Center.
It’s going to be an exciting few months at the Center for Women’s History this fall. Come join us in celebrating women’s equality every day here at New-York Historical Society.
Top image credits: Women’s Strike for Equality, 1970. Eugene Gordon Photograph Collection, New-York Historical Society Library.