Through January 11, 2015 in the Main Gallery

Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life


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Through January 11, 2015 in the Focus Gallery

Visualizing 19th-Century New York


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Recent Exhibition Publications

Digital Publication

Waterweavers: A Chronicle of Rivers

Edited by José Roca and Alejandro Martín

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Digital Media in the Gallery

Gallery News

Visualizing 19th-Century New York: Behind the Scenes

Look "behind the scenes" at the processes and the workers that created the visual materials featured in the exhibition, Visualizing 19th-Century New York.

Visualizing 19th-Centruy New York: Broadway & Ann

Explore the many changes Broadway & Ann went through from the 1830s through the 1870s and find out more about the individual landmarks at the intersection.

Barbara Nessim Speaks About Art and Life

Listen to artist Barbara Nessim speak about her process and the contexts in which she created her artworks.

The Atlantic, September 18, 2014

50 Years of Reinventing Illustration
by Steven Heller

“As a conceptual editorial illustrator in the '60s, Barbara Nessim broke ground on multiple fronts: technology, design, and gender.”  Read More

TimeOut New York, September 18, 2014

Barbara Nessim interview: "Since I love what I'm doing, why should I stop at any age?"
by Ned Dymoke

"Having been born in the Bronx​ ​and growing up in a creative community helped; all ideas were embraced. Many inventive, resourceful and original people blossomed from the environment in the late ’50s, such as Penny Marshall—who lived in our apartment building—Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and others, who were all were from the same Mosholu Parkway neighborhood during that time.​" Read More

Artlyst, September 4, 2014

Barbara Nessim: First US Retrospective Explores This Pioneering Feminist Artist Illustrator

“Barbara Nessim mounts her first retrospective exhibition in the US after her well received show in London, at the V&A (Victoria and Albert museum), in 2013. A constant innovator for more than four decades, Barbara was one of the first illustrators to utilise the computer as an artistic tool.”  Read More

The New York Times, July 10, 2014

A River Runs Through It: The Amazon as Inspiration
by Holland Cotter

“‘Waterweavers’ is the most unassumingly beautiful show I’ve seen in New York this summer. And with its glades of abstract patterning, eddying pools of woven fiber, and projected images of water sluicing through galleries, it’s visually the coolest.” Read More

Object of the Month

Visitor Information

Busy and brightly colored, this 1875 lithograph published by Currier & Ives brings together several quintessential symbols of nineteenth-century New York City life: traffic-laden streets, catastrophic fires, and bustling sidewalks. These features appear again and again in both visual representations of the city and in sensationalist guidebook accounts. While this lithograph presents itself as a straightforward depiction of a typical city scene, it also displays iconic imagery that nineteenth-century New Yorkers employed to mythologize their city for both local and national audiences.

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