New York, New York: Photographs from the Collection

Hofstra University Museum of Art

Sep. 6, 2024 - Dec. 9, 2022

112 Hofstra University
Hempstead, 11549
PHONE 516 463-5672

New York, New York. The Big Apple. The City that Never Sleeps. Gotham. The Naked City…Iconic names to describe an iconic metropolis, a city of myth and legend, where dreams rise as high as skyscrapers and can fall just as far. Yet beyond the silhouetted skyline is a place where New Yorkers actually live, work, love, struggle, and survive.

These photographs from the Hofstra University Museum of Art collection capture New York City in its infinite complexity and variety, not only celebrating the city’s iconic architecture, but reveling in its everyday streets and signage, authentic faces, and dynamic street scenes. The black-and-white images were made over a span of 75 years, from 1932 to 2008, yet are unified through the use of monochrome, creating connections between disparate decades. While the photographers are not all native New Yorkers, they are inheritors of this miraculous city, dedicated to seeking its intricacies, grandeur, joy, and hardships. Their distinct visions unfold in New York’s ever-changing landscape, chronicling a city that reinvents itself on a daily basis.
Funding has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Admission is free.

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