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Museum of the City of New York, Inc. (New York, NY 10029-5287)
Sarah M. Henry (Project Director: August 2018 to present)

Exhibitions: Planning
Public Programs

$44,909 (approved)
$44,909 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2019 – 5/31/2021

The New York Mystique

Planning of a permanent exhibition illuminating the cultural meaning and lived experience of New York City.

In planning an innovative new permanent gallery, the Museum of the City of New York endeavors to present, The New York Mystique, an exhibition exploring the qualities that define New York. Staff and scholarly advisors will develop a presentation highlighting a rotating display of key holdings from the Museum’s collection of over 750,000 objects and images, pioneering a new way of wedding a collections-based gallery with humanities-driven scholarship. An interdisciplinary approach puts diverse and important objects into dialogue with each other to illuminate New York history, and provides multiple points of entry into the identity and cultures of New York. Its thematic organization will allow visitors to make conceptual connections across time and place. The gallery will complement and expand upon the Museum’s two other permanent galleries: the award-winning three-gallery New York at Its Core, exploring 400 years of history, and Activist New York, tracing the city’s history of activism.