Alice Austen House


06/10/1710:00am– 11:00am

Gentle Flow Yoga

Join us on the lawn of Clear Comfort for yoga every other Saturday this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC. Free!

06/11/179:00am– 5:00pm

Annual Pug Fun Day

Bring your pug for a fun day of activities, including a costume contest in honor of Alice and her pug, Punch! Presented in partnership with the Pug Dog Club of Greater New York, Inc. $5 Admission

06/17/173:00pm– 5:00pm

Opening Reception: Call and Response

Six photographers implementing experimental collaborative processes into their documentary work.

  • Endia Beal
  • Thomas Dworzak
  • Omar Imam
  • Daniel Castro Garcia
  • Eric Gyamfi
  • Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Presented with Magnum Foundation as part of world-wide events celebrating Magnum's 70th anniversary.



06/17/176:00pm– 8:30pm

Twilight Toast at the Alice Austen House

Please join us at the Alice Austen House for a fine evening on the waterfront lawn to enjoy the opening of our summer exhibition Call and Response  (presented with Magnum Foundation), custom craft cocktails presented by award-winning bartender Danny Ippolito of Bin 5 and live music by Karlus Trapp to support the museum's programming.

Tickets are $45 ($40 for members) and include two craft cocktails sophisticated bites, and viewing of our summer exhibition (beer, wine, and soda will also be provided).

Purchase tickets here or by calling 718-816-4506 x 17.

06/20/1711:00am– 1:00pm

Public Announcement of Alice Austen House's official designation as a national site of LGBTQ history

We invite you to join us on Tuesday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. for the formal announcement of Alice Austen House's official designation as a national site of LGBTQ history. 

As part of an initiative the National Park Service launched in 2014, the Alice Austen House’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places has been amended to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance. The amendment was undertaken through the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project and a grant from the New York State Historic Preservation Office made possible by the National Park Service.  


At the announcement event we are delighted to present keynote speaker Joan E. Biren (also known as JEB), an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker who has been chronicling the lives of LGBTQ individuals since 1971.  


Register here if you would like to attend this free event.


Special thanks to The New York Community Trust for generously supporting this event.

06/20/178:00pm– 10:00pm

Artist Talk with JEB

"Three decades ago Joan E. Biren, an American photographer, crisscrossed the country presenting a continually changing slide show that told an alternative history of photography, one with lesbians as central protagonists, called Lesbian Images in Photography: 1850–the present (also known as the “Dyke Show.”) Sophie Hackett, associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, wrote about Biren’s groundbreaking, if under-the-radar, project for Aperture magazine #218, Spring, “Queer.”

JEB (Joan E. Biren) will present an artist talk featuring a historic slide show of Alice Austen and lesbian photographers that she compiled since the 1970s, giving lectures and workshops throughout the United States to make these women visible as artists and subjects. JEB will also show and discuss her own significant body of photography chronicling the lives of LGBTQ people.

Joan E. Biren is an internationally known documentary photographer, filmmaker, and LGBTQ activist. She published groundbreaking books of her work Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians (1979) and Making A Way: Lesbians Out Front (1987). Her work is found in major museum collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian. JEB's photographs have been featured in numerous exhibitions, including a traveling retrospective organized by George Washington University, and recently published in Aperture Magazine.

Image detail, JEB, Pagan and Kady at home, Monticello, NY, 1978, Courtesy of JEB (Joan E. Biren)

This event is FREE. Please register for tickets here.


06/24/1710:00am– 11:00am

Gentle Flow Yoga

Join us on the lawn of Clear Comfort for yoga every other Saturday this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC. Free!Join us on the lawn of Clear Comfort for yoga every other Saturday this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC. Free!

06/25/1712:00pm– 6:00pm

NYC Pride March in Manhattan

March with Alice Austen House and the Pride Center of Staten Island to recognize Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate's historic relationship.

Free - Advance registration required by June 21. Call 718-816-4506x10 or email