A New York–centric perspective informs the Museum of the City of New York (MoCNY), a small, nonprofit institution that sits along Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. Its rotating exhibitions detail many interesting aspects of the city’s deep and rich history, and the museum’s permanent displays help illuminate the ways in which New Yorkers live(d), then and now.
Current, ongoing and upcoming shows include:
From Farm to City: Staten Island, 1661–2012
September 13, 2012–January 21, 2013
The borough of Staten Island is part suburb, part city, part country, part industrial center. This exhibit traces the history of changing land use on the island over its 350-year history through photography, maps, official documents and interactive mapping stations that allow visitors to track Staten Island real estate back several centuries. The 20th-21st century sections of the exhibit explore current debates about the future of Staten Island.
Capital of Capital: New York’s Banks and the Creation of a Global Economy
May 22, 2012–October 21, 2012
Using rare historical documents, banking instruments, images and advertisements, this soon-to-close exhibition showcases New York’s major influence on the creation of the American (and global) banking system from the founding of the Bank of New York in 1784 to its prime place in the world today.
Activist New York
An examination of the various forms of radical and political activism throughout New York City’s history, from women’s suffrage and civil rights to AIDS issues, religious freedoms and current real-estate concerns.
The World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett
October 17, 2012–January 6, 2013
This retrospective on two influential textile designers of post-war American design introduces the work of this esteemed couple whose textiles were favored by the likes of Greta Garbo, Gary Cooper, Harry Truman and Jackie Onassis.