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9/11 Commemoration 20 Years

Current Exhibition

At the beginning of 2021, cultural and preservation leaders met at the 9/11 Memorial Museum to discuss cultural institutions’ response to the 9/11 20th anniversary and plan arts programming to provide our communities with spaces to gather and reflect on the power of the arts in NYC to heal. The Alice Austen House presents 1977 Landmarks Commission photographs of historic Staten Island firehouses and a contemplative slideshow of all 5 boroughs to commemorate the heroic contributions of firefighters and their loved ones in response to the devastating tragedy on 9/11/2001.


All photos by:

Jerry Spearman

Photo by Jerry Spearman

9/11 Commemoration 20 Years

all photos by

Jerry Spearman

At the beginning of 2021, cultural and preservation leaders met at the 9/11 Memorial Museum to discuss cultural institutions’ response to the 9/11 20th anniversary and plan arts programming to provide our communities with spaces to gather and reflect on the power of the arts in NYC to heal. The Alice Austen House presents 1977 Landmarks Commission photographs of historic Staten Island firehouses and a contemplative slideshow of all 5 boroughs to commemorate the heroic contributions of firefighters and their loved ones in response to the devastating tragedy on 9/11/2001.


All photos by
Jerry Spearman

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The Photographer in the Garden

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Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been drawn by the allure of flowers. This group exhibition excerpted from Aperture’s book The Photographer in the Garden celebrates the rich history of artists working in the garden as a site of inspiration and reinvention.


presenting artists:

Sam Abell, Alice Austen, Mack Cohen, Stephen Gill, Lonnie Graham, Justine Kurland, Lori Nix, Bill Owens, Sheron Rupp, Collier Schorr, Mike Slack

Lonnie Graham
Harry Noisette at The Garden of Enlightenment, Wilmot Frazier Elementary School, Spoleto, Charleston, SC 2002

Lori Nix
Wasps, 2002

The Photographer in the Garden

 

presenting artists

Sam Abell

Alice Austen

Mack Cohen

Stephen Gill

Lonnie Graham

Justine Kurland

Lori Nix

Bill Owens

Sheron Rupp

Collier Schorr

Mike Slack

Above: Collier Schorr, Arrangement #12 (Blumen) 2008

When photography was introduced to the public in 1939, it immediately began to displace the record-making function of other art forms, such as drawing and painting. At the time, photographs seemed to be a direct transcription of reality, precisely recording what was put in front of the camera or in contact with photographic materials. In creating these early transcriptions, it is not surprising that most photographers turned to gardens for inspiration. The earliest processes worked best when the photosensitive surface was fresh or still wet. They also required long exposures to an intense source of light. Thus, photographers engaged with subject matter found in their own backyards since those spaces were close to darkrooms, provided abundant light for their compositions and often contained botanical specimens that could be used to test the light sensitivity of the chemistry.

Contemporary photographers continue to call into question the human-nature relationship that these public and private spaces have inspired and create images that take the viewer on a journey. Careful looking reveals that the garden is not natural at all, human-made and that “paradise” requires caretakes to shape nature. When considered together, the photographs here illustrate the changing relationship between humans and nature from the nineteenth century to today. From private flowerbeds to sweeping public spaces, photographers have documented our ever-changing attitude toward the natural world.

Their history takes us from an agricultural society through industrialization and suburbanization to today’s global community engaged in discussions about past and present land use. A study of the garden could tell us as much about the gardener as it does about the beauty of blossoms and reveals as much about landscaping as it does about an individual’s relationship to nature. The difference is one of degree rather than kind.

EXCERPTED FROM THE ESSAY THE GARDEN AS A SUBJECT IN PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMIE M. ALLEN, ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY, GEORGE EASTMAN MUSEUM, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK.

PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

The Aperture Foundation

FUNDED BY

Northfield Bank Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Department of Cultural Affairs.



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Two new exhibitions on view for the Fall season

 
ON VIEW 9/7 – 12/30 | Main Contemporary Galleries

The Photographer in the Garden

Since the invention of the medium, photographers have been drawn by the allure of flowers. This group exhibition excerpted from Aperture’s book The Photographer in the Garden celebrates the rich history of artists working in the garden as a site of inspiration and reinvention.

Presenting Artists
Sam Abell, Alice Austen, Mack Cohen, Stephen Gill, Lonnie Graham, Justine Kurland, Lori Nix, Bill Owens, Sheron Rupp, Collier Schorr, Mike Slack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
ON VIEW 9/11 – 12/30 | Sunroom Gallery

9/11 Commemoration

At the beginning of 2021, cultural and preservation leaders met at the 9/11 Memorial Museum to discuss cultural institutions’ response to the 20th anniversary and plan performances to provide our community with spaces to gather and reflect on the power of the arts in NYC to heal. The Alice Austen House will join many other cultural institutions to light our building in blue on Saturday September 11 and be exhibiting vintage Landmarks Commission photographs of Staten Island firehouses from September 11 through December 30 in our contemporary sunroom gallery.

All Photos by Jerry Spearman

 

 

 

 

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Kelli Connell: Double Life, 20 Years

Kelli Connell’s twenty-year project with one model represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships.

"Windowsill", 2002

"Picnic", 2002

Kelli Connell: Double Life, 20 Years

 

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Kelli Connell

 

Kelli Connell’s twenty-year project with one model represents an autobiographical questioning of sexuality and gender roles that shape the identity of the self in intimate relationships. The project explores polarities of identity such as the masculine and feminine psyche, the irrational and rational self, the exterior and interior self, and the motivated and resigned. By combining multiple photographic negatives of the same model in each image, the dualities of the self are defined by body language and clothing. The importance of these images lies in the representation of interior dilemmas portrayed as an external object: a photograph. Through these images, the audience is presented with “constructed realities”.



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Welcome back, Clear Comfort Pilsner!

The Alice Austen House and Flagship Brewery are back in partnership!

To celebrate Pride month we are re-launching our sellout Hibiscus-infused pilsner: Clear Comfort, named after Austen’s family home. 

This year we are bolder than ever with a new signature can!

In 2019, we partnered with Flagship Brewery to create the limited-edition, Hibiscus-infused “Clear Comfort” Pilsner.

As part of Alice Austen House’s celebration of the 4th anniversary of our LGBTQ+ historic site designation, we are re-launching the Alice Austen House brew with a craft & beer event. 

Come and celebrate this handcrafted offering at Flagship Brewery Saturday, June 5th  from 1-4pm to kick off your Pride in style. 

There will be friends, music, craft vendors and more.

Get your tickets or support our partnership and programs today!

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Exhibitions Radical Tenderness

Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture

Radical Tenderness:
Trans for Trans Portraiture

Showing work from Johanna Jackie Baier (Germany), Zackary Drucker (US), Texas Isaiah (US), and Del LaGrace Volcano (US/Sweden), Radical Tenderness aims to inspire visitors to consider the role of the photographic camera in practices of survival and care.

 

This exhibition is curated in partnership with Dr. Eliza Steinbock of Leiden University, the Netherlands. Dr. Steinbock’s work in cultural analysis investigates visual culture mediums like film, digital media, and photography, with a special focus on dimensions of race, gender and sexuality.

 

Johanna Jackie Baier, Julia and Maxi, 2003
Texas Isaiah, my name is my name i, 2016

RADICAL TENDERNESS: TRANS FOR TRANS PORTRAITURE

contributions by

Jackie Baier (Germany)

Zackary Drucker (US)

Texas Isaiah (US)

Del LaGrace Volcano (US/Sweden)

Timed to coincide with the International Day of Transgender Visibility on March 31, Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture highlights photographic work from four trans and non-binary artists whose portrait photography exudes tender intimacy and calls for a radical shift in visibility politics.

The presented images turn away from thinking of visibility in terms of commercial representation made for others. The photographs portray muses, friends, icons, and self on aesthetic terms that say this one is “for us.” Consider the different resonances of the portrayed having their eyes closed or averted. Feel the atmosphere of a bedroom, a dressing room, a private moment in a park. This group show is in honor of the Alice Austen legacy of creating meaningful photographs with friends that both create opportunities to bond and leave a trace of one’s love for each other behind.

Showing work from Johanna Jackie Baier (Germany), Zackary Drucker (US), Texas Isaiah (US), and Del LaGrace Volcano (US/Sweden), Radical Tenderness aims to inspire visitors to consider the role of the photographic camera in practices of survival and care.

This exhibition is curated in partnership with Dr. Eliza Steinbock of Leiden University, the Netherlands. Dr. Steinbock’s work in cultural analysis investigates visual culture mediums like film, digital media, and photography, with a special focus on dimensions of race, gender and sexuality.



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Alice Austen House is Reopening for the Spring Season




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The Alice Austen House reopens for the spring season on Tuesday, March 2nd 2021.

We are thrilled to welcome the public back to the museum for booked and ticketed tours starting in March. The two contemporary galleries will be closed from March 5 through March 15 for the installation of our upcoming exhibition Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture.

We are only offering tours that are pre-booked via our online scheduling platform.

To schedule a tour, click here.

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We’ve partnered with Target Circle!

To our friends and supporters,

We are honored and excited to announce that we have been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. And you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!

Now through March 31st, 2021, you can vote for us through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up.

Find out more about Target Circle here.
 

ALICE AUSTEN HOUSE PARTNERS WITH TARGET CIRCLE

We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to foster creative expression, explore personal identity, and educate and inspire the public through the interpretation of the photographs, life and historic home of trailblazing American photographer, Alice Austen (1866-1952). 
 

Don’t forget, as you earn more votes by shopping, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign.

Join Target Circle for free access to an even more rewarding Target run.


QUICK TIPS

1. Earning Votes In-Store: At check out, give your phone number or scan your Target Circle barcode by tapping “Redeem saved offers” or in Wallet in the Target App. Or enter receipt numbers within 7 days to collect earnings from eligible in-store purchases.

2. Earning Votes Online: Sign into your connected Target account on target.com or in the Target app.

3. Casting Votes: Open target.com/circle and go to Community Support. Or open the Target App, go to your Circle benefits, and Vote For Nonprofits. Nonprofits will display in a list with their name, logo, mission, and website link.

4. Preferred Store: Different nonprofits are displayed in different communities. Update your preferred store to a Staten Island location to choose the Alice Austen House.

 

Thank you for your support, and we encourage you to share your support for us (and your thanks to Target) on social media throughout the duration of the voting!

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Giving Tuesday 2020

Welcome to The Alice AustenHouse
 

At the Alice Austen House, we are grateful for many things.


Even as we scale back celebrations to keep the people we love safe this year, our hearts could not be more full. Thanks to generous funders, creative staff members, stalwart board members, and dedicated volunteers, we have been able to share the story of Alice Austen’s life and work and mount an exhibition of the words and images of Audre Lorde that highlights the power and importance of her work and her connection to Staten Island.

As a way to say “Thank You”, this Giving Tuesday we have a special membership offer. When you buy a membership, you will have the opportunity to give a membership to someone you know at the same level, at no additional cost.

Find out more about what benefits you can get on our membership page and make sure to buy through the “Buy One Give One” form to get your extra membership.

Thank you for your support of the Alice Austen House, and we hope to welcome you and your cherished ones as members.

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Powerful and Dangerous: The Legacy of Audre Lorde Panel Discussion

Powerful and Dangerous: The Legacy of Audre Lorde Panel Discussion

Powerful and Dangerous: The Legacy of Audre Lorde Panel Discussion

In September 2020, a panel was formed by Victoria Munro, Executive Director of the Alice Austen House in collaboration with Audre Lorde’s life long friends and Sister Comrades, Clare Coss and Blanche Weisen Cook.

The panelists included: Elizabeth Lorde-Rollins, Jewelle Gomez, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Cheryl Clarke, Clare Coss and Blanche Wiesen Cook.

During the online event, the all-women panel closely examined the life and work of Audre Lorde and the powerful influence of her work today.

You can now view the recording of this heartfelt and insightful conversation on our Youtube.

 

Thank you to the Brooklyn Public Library Culture Pass Virtual program series for hosting this event.

This panel was part of a series of public programs including scholars talks, readings, and outdoor film screenings offered in conjunction with our current exhibition Powerful and Dangerous, on view through 2021.

Powerful and Dangerous

Powerful and Dangerous: The Words and Images of Audre Lorde Current Exhibition The Alice Austen House presents the 1983 landmark press photo series of Audre Lorde by Robert Alexander. Powerful and Dangerous explores the relationship between language and activism as well as how photographic composition conveys different messages.

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