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






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



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”.

Explore the exhibition online

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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.


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.


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.


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 or in the Target app.

3. Casting Votes: Open 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!


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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Alice Austen House Exhibiting In Photoville 2020

Alice Austen House Exhibiting In Photoville 2020

The Alice Austen House is partnering with Photoville NYC for its 9th year. Photoville is an annual outdoor photography festival that has expanded in 2020 to include outdoor installations in every single borough.

Photoville 2020 logo

At the Staten Island site on the South Beach boardwalk, AAH and Photoville will present the work of Olga Ginzburg, 2019 AAH Triennial Finalist, and Stephen Obisanya, AAH 2016 Triennial Finalist.

From Photoville:

“Like so many trying to navigate our way during this extraordinary time, in the midst of fighting a global pandemic, a long-overdue reckoning of social injustice, and financial insecurity, we took a long look at what we could do and we adjusted, shifted, tweaked, reinvented, punted – we hustled – and found a way for the festival to still take place, while staying true to its spirit.”



This annual community gathering features over 60 public exhibitions, virtual online storytelling events, artist talks, workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and community programming.

FREE for everyone to enjoy in all 5 boroughs or anywhere online! Plan your photo excursion HERE:

Photo of a man rolling a tire down the sidewalk

Encounters by Olga Ginzburg


“This project is about a love of place, with all the complexity that word can generate. The photographs are created on chance encounters. What I seek is a kind of magic that can exist in ordinary daily living.


Many of the people I meet have a sense of pride about this place; that connection with their surroundings is something I want to explore. Like clues or hints, I find myself looking for the subtle ways my subjects reveal themselves.”

A black and white portrait of a man wearing a light hat. The photographer's shadow is visible on the man's coat.

Home Away From Home by Stephen Obisanya

Beyond the four walls where we discovered identity during childhood, what is it that makes a home? Is it the city in a faraway country where we first learned to speak the native tongue? Is it the feeling of belonging when surrounded by people who remind us of a unique, shared experience? Or is it where we choose to settle with loved ones at any given moment?

Home Away From Home is a snapshot of a small town in New York City, and the process of rediscovering home. It presents a candid look into the lives of Staten Island residents and documents the diverse life experiences often overlooked within the borough.

We look forward to “seeing” you (virtually) on Sept 17th for the opening night!


Exhibition Collateral Archive

The Alice Austen House has been the home to the work of contemporary photographers since it became a museum. Here you can view the archive of postcards and collateral for those exhibitions.

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