Permanent Exhibition

Our Permanent Exhibition

The exhibition “New Eyes on Alice Austen” reopened the museum’s permanent spaces on May 22nd, 2019. The exhibition represents a multi-year project to update the presentation of Austen’s core story. Incorporating current scholarship, the re-envisioned permanent installation comprehensively demonstrates Austen’s contributions to photographic, immigration, women’s and LGBTQ history.

View from the grand parlor into front hallway

A collection from Austen's "Larky Life" series
displayed in what was once the Austen Dining room

The installation fully and truthfully interprets Austen’s life and work for visitors, students and scholars to understand and access. Significantly, the new permanent exhibition places her long and loving relationship with Gertrude Tate in its proper context, highlighting the 2017 designation of the house as a national site of LGBTQ historic significance.

Media: Alice Austen's letter
collection, as part of a large
translation project

The Austen Family tree, displayed
in our grand parlor

Full Gallery

Exhibition Design by Coen Projekts

Opened May 22nd, 2019

Exhibition Design by Coen Projekts

Photography by Duggal Visual Solutions

Exhibition Digital Media by Alyssa DeMarco

Alice Austen photos provided by Historic Richmondtown


Annual Gala & Benefit

Thank you to all our friends and members who have supported our past galas. We are not currently planning a gala for this year but could always use support. If you’d like to donate to support our other programming and events, please click here.

With Pride,

The Alice Austen House Staff


List of Supporters

The Alice Austen House recognizes the following institutions for their dedication and support.

Corporate Supporters

Con Edison

Flagship Brewery

National Grid


Foundation Supporters

Lily Auchincloss Foundation

William Talbott Hillman Foundation

Historic House Trust of NYC

Humanities NY

Hyde and Watson Foundation

Joy of Giving Something, Inc. (JGS)

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

NYC&Co Foundation

New York City Parks Foundation

New York Community Trust

Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation

Northfield Bank Foundation

Richmond County Savings Foundation

Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

Staten Island Arts

Staten Island Foundation

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

The Keith Haring Foundation, Inc.

Government Supporters

Councilmember Joe Borelli

Councilmember David Carr

Councilmember Kamillah Hanks

Institute of Museum and Library Services

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

National Endowment for the Arts


National Endowment for the Humanities

New York Community Trust

New York State Council of the Arts

The New York City Council LGBT Caucus

New York State Archives

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Staten Island Borough President


The Alice Austen House Museum recognizes our devoted donors and members


Ms. Lisa Amoia
Ms. Annika Andersson
Mrs. Karen Angellatta-Wheeler
Ms. Nicole Anzuoni and Ms. Gail Kelley
Mr. Geoffrey Berliner
Mr. & Mrs. Leonard and Bonnie Bolstein
Ms. Helen W. Bolton
Mrs. Jessica Capouzzo-Kalleberg
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony & Josephine Cerullo
Ms Helen Chien
Ms. Melissa Christensen & Ms. Nicolette Armijos
Jennifer Ciarleglio
Ms. Susan Clark
Mr. Bruce J. Cohn
Richard & Nicolle Comeforo
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Coppola and Sheryl Humphrey
Ms. Theresa Cosentino
Mr. & Mrs. Gregg & Pauline Culley
Mr. & Mrs. Dean and Colette Curry
Kirsten Danis
Mr. Eugene Darconte
Dr. Irene Deitch
Ms. Christine Dempsey
Mr. & Mrs. Donald and Rosanne DeRosa
Mrs. Alice Diamond
Mr. Robert E. Buckholz, Jr. & Ms. Lizanne Fontaine
Brigid Ganley
James Gerety
Mr. Keith Glutting
Mr. & Mrs. David & Liz Goldfarb
Dr. Paul Goldschmidt & Ms. Kristi Hamilton
Ms. Diega Grado
Ms. Gail Gremse
Dr. & Ms. Amin & Donna Hakim
Ms. Ruth Halligan
Ms. Sharon Heule
Mr. Bill Higgins
Capt. & Mrs. Howard R. Hill, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. John & Celide Hogan
Mrs. Edith Holtermann
Ms. Dorothy Holtermann
Mr. John Hoovert
Mr. & Mrs. Tom & Mitzi Humphrey

Ms. Donna Johnson
Ms. Marcia P. Kulick
Ms. Lillian Lagazzo
Ms. Katie Levine
Mrs. Phyllis Light
Finley Niall MacKay
Mr. & Mrs. Anthony & Madalyn Maltese
Ms. Susan Master
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Mayr
Mary Ellen McLaughlin
Josephine Merlino & John Strand
Ms. Gail Middleton
Mr. Donald Moffett & Mr. Robert Gober
Mr. & Mrs. Larry & Jeanne Monger
Mr. Robert Mongiardini
Mr. J. Brian Nealon
Mr. David E. Ostwald
Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Janine Parella
Dr. Jane Petro
Ms. Lisa Pillarella
Ms. Jody Reiss
Ms. Mary Renny
Comm. Lynda Ricciardone
Mr. Christopher Robin
Ms. Linda Rossi
Ms. Patricia Schwimer
Dr. Stephen Sheppard
Mr. Christopher Shyer & Mr. David Ehrich
Ms. Colleen Siuzdak
Mr. Jim Smith
Ms. Barbara L. Solan
Ms. Sharon Stearns
Ms. Lorelei Stevens
George Telmany
Mr. Robert Thomson
Ms. Kay Turner
Ms. Dorothy G. Varrone
Ms. Frances Visco
Susan Visconti
Mr. Scott Weisberg
Mr. Bob Wright
Ms. Emily Zoda




Clear Comfort – $500+

Robert E. Buckholz, Jr. & Lizanne Fontaine
Donald Moffett & Robert Gober
Barbara Solan
Cynthia Wainwright
The Larky Life – $250
Rosemarie Del Bove & Beth Burke
Paul Goldschmidt & Kristi Hamilton
Capt. Howard R. Hill Jr.

The Darned Club – $100

Nicole Anzuoni & Gail Kelley
Anna Blanco
Marie Cole
Marilyn DeSario
Linda DiCosmo
A. John Gambro
David & Liz Goldfarb
Edith Holtermann
Patrick Jordan
Lois Joyce
William & Mami Lyons
Craig Malik
Mary Ellen Miller
Robert Mongiardini
Julie North Chelminski
Rita O’Brien
Heidi Shafranek
Pat Sturman
Allan & Roberta Weisglass

Bonnie Yochelson
Lawrence Zinn & Yolanda Rudich, Esq.

Family – $50

Lisa Amoia
Janice Dalton Bocchicchio
Frank Bruno
Anthony & Josephine Cerullo

Melissa Christensen
Martha Cole
Donald and Rosanne DeRosa
Janice Gross

Bill Higgins
Andy & Carole Kass
Peter & Sandra Levy
Nancy Lopez
Michael & Janine Parrella

Liane Tai Rice
Paul & Mary Ann Stallone
Alice M. Tobin
Patrick & Karen Valentine
Gale Wisdom

Friend – $30

Christine Adler
Karen Angellatta-Wheeler
George & Patricia Bramwell
James Braun
John Buckholz


Jennifer Ciarleglio
Eleanor Dienes
Linda DiSantis
Tom Drysdale
Carole Eberle


Shirley P. Elfers
Lisa Enge
Louis D. Fontana
Josette Francois
Olga Gaeta

Gail Gremse
Shiloh Aderhold Holley
Scott Hoyt
Donna Johnson
Wayne Kalish


John Kilcullen
Phyllis Light
Gena Mimozo
Dennis J. Nummis
Annamay Olsen
Louise Petosa

Lisa Pillarella
Ty Ramsower
Cynthia Roberti
Margie Sable
Patricia Schwimer
Carlos Suarez


Like Us: Primate Portraits

Early work by photographer Robin Schwartz documenting the close relationship between primates and their caretakers.


Minnie, 1989.
Stump-tailed macaque, female, 13 years old.

Charlie, 1988.
Chimpanzee, Female, 5 years old.

Robin Schwartz

Opening Reception

Saturday, March 4, 2—5 P.M.

Members’ Hour: 2—3 P.M., Public Opening: 3—5 P.M.


Artist Talk: Photographing Animals with Robin Schwartz

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. —12 p.m. 

Robin Schwartz will discuss how to photograph animals in a variety of situations, as well as her long term portrait project of her daughter Amelia. Free with museum admission.


Image: Robin Schwartz, Minnie, 1989, Stump-tailed macaque, female, 13 years old © Robin Schwartz