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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

 

Artist

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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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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Privacy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will make readily available to customers information about our policies and practices relating to the management of personal information.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.

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By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

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  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Alice Austen House’s web site for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
    1. modify or copy the materials;
    2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
    3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Alice Austen House’s web site;
    4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
    5. transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.
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  1. The materials on Alice Austen House’s web site are provided “as is”. Alice Austen House makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Alice Austen House does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

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In no event shall Alice Austen House or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Alice Austen House’s Internet site, even if Alice Austen House or a Alice Austen House authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

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The materials appearing on Alice Austen House’s web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Alice Austen House does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Alice Austen House may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Alice Austen House does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

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Alice Austen House has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Alice Austen House of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.

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Alice Austen House may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

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Any claim relating to Alice Austen House’s web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

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