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September 2012

Hudson River School Ken Follett Gala
EXHIBITIONS
Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

“Winter of the World” with author Ken Follett

SAVE THE DATE

2012 History Makers Gala with Wynton Marsalis and Walter Isaacson

Grandparents Day NYC & WWII 12/13 Brochure
KIDS + HISTORY

Grandparents Day: Art, Activities & Games

WWII & NYC PREVIEW

Iwo Jima Sculpture on view now

FALL / WINTER PROGRAMS

Download the New Season Brochure

LOUISE MIRRER, NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESIDENT & CEO

Dear Friends,

LeRoy Neiman, the American artist beloved for his splashy, brilliantly colored paintings and screen prints of athletes and sporting events, died in June at the age of 91. Apart from being astonishingly successful — at one point he was thought to be America's wealthiest artist — LeRoy was also a great storyteller, with a wry and often off-color sense of humor.

I got to hear LeRoy tell a great many yarns over the years — I wrote an essay about his art with my husband David Halle, who directed the LeRoy Neiman Center at UCLA — and had the privilege of calling him a friend. And one thing always struck me about his stories: the prominent role in so many of them of World War II.

LeRoy was drafted into the war at the age of 21. For him, as for virtually everyone of his generation, World War II was a defining event in their lives. The centrality of this experience had been on my mind already, because we are just now putting the finishing touches on a major new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, WWII & NYC (opening October 5) on just this theme...

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PUBLIC PROGRAMS Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 Season Tickets On Sale Now!
Public Programs Winter of the World
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 6:30 PM
Tickets for Fall 2012/Winter 2013 public programs are online now! The new season kicks off September 18th with “Winter of the World,” featuring world-renowned novelist Ken Follett discussing his latest book with moderator Charles Osgood. Set against the backdrop of the international upheavals of the 1930s and 1940s, Winter of the World chronicles the experiences of five interrelated families living in a time of enormous social, political and economic turmoil from the rise of the Third Reich up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.
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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS
The Return of the Hudson River School, and More!
Exhibitions Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School
OPENS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
After a national tour, forty-five iconic works, including Thomas Cole's five-part series The Course of Empire and other masterworks by Cole, John F. Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Jasper F. Cropsey, Asher B. Durand and others will once again be on display starting this month. “There is no better illustration of the life cycle of a great power than The Course of Empire... [Cole] beautifully captured a theory of imperial rise and fall to which most people remain in thrall to this day,” said Niall Ferguson in Foreign Affairs.
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Making American Taste: Narrative Art for a New Democracy
THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Making American Taste features fifty-five works from the New-York Historical Society's collection that cast new light on both the history of American art and the formation of American cultural ideals during a crucial period from the 1830s to the late 1860s. By integrating history, literary and religious subjects with now better-known examples of rural and domestic genre, the exhibition explores the broad range of styles and narrative themes that appealed to nineteenth-century Americans seeking cultural refinement.
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The Declaration of Independence: The Stone Engraving
THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
Less than fifty years after the thirteen American colonies broke from Great Britain, the signed manuscript that declared independence was already fragile and becoming faded. In 1820, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, with the approval of Congress, commissioned William J. Stone to engrave a facsimile — an exact copy — of the decisive document.
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WWII & NYC
INSTALLATION IN THE JUDITH & HOWARD BERKOWITZ SCULPTURE COURT
Our ground-breaking exhibition WWII & NYC officially opens on October 5, but two key works are on view this month. Already installed, the Iwo Jima sculpture depicts U.S. Marines and Sailor raising the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Also on view starting September 21, the Japanese Surrender Documents, marking the official end of the war in the Pacific, when representatives from the Emperor of Japan and nine Allied Nations signed the Instruments of Surrender. Learn More >
KIDS + HISTORY Grandparents, Grandkids, Family Fun!
Grandparents Day Grandparents Day
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 11:30 - 2:30 PM
Bring your grandkids or your grandparents! At our 11:30 am Story Hour in the Barbara K. Lipman Children's History Library we'll read The Castle on Hester Street, where Julie learns what life in New York City was like for her immigrant grandparents. Then explore the history of our nation through games, arts and crafts, and travel through the museum with a grandparent-themed scavenger hunt from 1 to 2:30 pm.
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SAVE THE DATE 2012 History Makers Gala: An American Story in Music and Words
Grandparents Day With Wynton Marsalis and Walter Isaacson
NOVEMBER 20 AT THE PIERRE
Save the date of November 20th for this year's Gala extravaganza with special guests Walter Isaacson and Wynton Marsalis. The Gala will be held at the Pierre, starting with cocktails at 6 pm and the dinner and award presentations following. Please call (212) 485-9240 or email benefitevents@nyhistory.org for more information.
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SUPPORT Members Bring a Friend for Free, On Us!
Members For Members Only
THROUGH SEPTEMBER
Members who visit the New-York Historical Society during the month of September will receive free admission for one guest! This offer is available at admissions when accompanied by a member. To join or renew, call the Membership Office at (212) 485-9279 or visit online.
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MUSEUM STORE The Hudson River School Returns
Store Welcome Home!
Our celebrated collection of revered Hudson River School paintings are back on display September 21. Explore familiar landscapes and experience four seasons of natural art once again. Personalize their return with gifts from the Museum Store such as the brilliantly realized exhibition catalog (The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision, $50) and a timeless local landscape in silk (Meadows Scarf, $65).
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DINE Special Offer for Evening Lectures and Conversations
Caffe Storico Caffè Storico
STEPHEN STARR BRINGS CASUAL ELEGANCE
When you pre-order your ticket for a public program, for an extra $10 you can enjoy a pre-program glass of wine at Caffè Storico and we will reserve a priority seat for you. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by the restaurant prior to the event. Cannot be purchased at time of program; drink must be redeemed before program begins. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption.
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INVITATION FROM OUR FRIENDS AT NYPL Celebrate John Cage with The New York Public Library
Promotion You may have seen great musical instruments in our collection, so here's a chance to learn about a man who put sounds together: John Cage, one of America's most inventive composers, was born 100 years ago this month. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center celebrates this anniversary by publishing a new edition of its Point iBook series this September. The book explores Cage's compositional techniques. On September 27, the library continues its celebration with a performance by musicians featured in NYPL's John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive website, which presents items from its collection of Cage manuscripts as well as user-contributed videos of musicians interpreting Cage's music.
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