Visualizing 19th Century New York

"Visualizing 19th Century New York" a new exhibit at the Bard Graduate Center, opens on September 19th. The exhibit will be accompanied by a symposium, gallery programs, and walking tours.

From the Bard Graduate Center:

A new exhibit on the visual culture of nineteenth century New York City will open on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery.  “Visualizing 19th Century New York explores how New York’s cultural entrepreneurs made sense of the metropolis through woodcuts, aquatints, lithographs, and photographs.  The exhibition will feature four producers  in particular, Matthew Brady, Edward Anthony, Currier & Ives, and the Harper Brothers.

Visitors will have access to a number of interactive devices as well.  Intended to provide a richer historical context, the interactives allow guests to explore P.T. Barnum’s American Museum as well as the image-making techniques used in the nineteenth century.  A digital publication places objects, landmarks and thematic material on the 1851 Matthew Dripps, Map of the City of New York, and includes essays on a number of social and historical topics.

A symposium, gallery programs and tours have been organized in connection to the exhibit:

Symposium: Visualizing 19th Century New York
Monday, September 29th, 2014, 1:00pm-4:00pm
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

Tour: A Walk up Broadway through Lower Manhattan, with Andrew Dolkart
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:00am-1:00pm (Registration full at this time)

Tour: On Broadway: Past to Present, with Matthew A. Postal
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11:00am-1:00pm

Gallery program: Panic in the Parlor: Reporting and Reading Pictorial Newspapers in Gilded Age America, with Joshua Brown.  Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Gallery program: Historical Prints and Photographs from the New York Historical Society, with Marilyn Kushner
Friday, November 7, 2014, 9:30am-3:00pm