Alice Austen House


10/11/186:30pm– 6:30pm

Alice Austen House Annual Gala and Benefit

Join us for our annual Gala and Benefit! This year, we are celebrating at the iconic National Arts Club to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of two individuals in documenting the history of LGBTQ+ people. 

ERIC MARCUS is the creator and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast. He is also founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium.

JOAN E. BIREN (JEB), is an internationally recognized photograper, documentary artist and activist. JEB will recieve the Alice Austen Award for Advancement in Photography. 

Eric Marcus will interview JEB at this event, and record this oral history.

Host Committee: Donald Moffett, Robert Gober, Mitchell Grubler and Paol Moakley. 

Cocktail hour begins at 6:30pm, followed by the dinner program at 8pm.

For the event page and more information, click here. Get directions to the National Arts Club here. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities contact Kirstin Swanson at (718) 816-4506 x17 or

10/13/1812:00am– 12:00am

Coming Out Day Picnic

Come enjoy festivities and food on the lawn!

Presented in partnership with the Pride Center of Staten Island. In case of rain, the picnic will move to the Pride Center.

Registration required. RSVP to (718) 808-1365 or

10/13/18– 10/14/18

Open House New York

Saturday & Sunday, from 11AM-5PM

This weekend, everyone can enjoy FREE guided tours of Clear Comfort.


10/27/1812:00pm– 12:00pm

Archtober Building of the Day

The Alice Austen House is Archtober's Building of the Day! Register for your Archtober tour here.

10/27/187:00pm– 7:00pm

Ghostly Intimations

Meet at Fort Wadsworth. Event is indoors, but not heated, so bring a jacket and a flashlight!

The Alice Austen House is proud to present An Evening of Ghostly Intimations on October 27th, at Fort Wadsworth, 7-9:00pm followed by a cocktail reception at the museum from 9:00-Midnight.


Now in its sixth year, Ghostly Intimations gathers speakers from a range of artistic backgrounds to discuss histories around death and the occult. This year we are proud to present:

Corinne May Botz, a photographic artist, writer, and filmmaker who will present work looking at haunted sites throughout the United States from her book Haunted Houses published by The Monacelli Press/Random House. The series was inspired by turn of the century spirit photographs and Victorian ghost stories written by women as a means of articulating domestic discontents.   

Jessica Regan, Associate Curator of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Regan specializes in 18th- and 19th-century fashion and will give a talk on the exhibition Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire, which explored the evolution of mourning dress traditions in the 19th and early-20th centuries

Ginger Strand is the author of one novel and three works of narrative nonfiction, most recently, The Brothers Vonnegut: Science and Fiction in the House of Magic. She has written for a wide range of magazines, including Harper's, Pacific Standard, Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Time. She will present her book on interstate highways and the killers who have haunted them, Killer on the Road.

Angela Strassheim, an art photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally in many galleries and museums including The Guggenheim Museum and The Whitney Museum. She will present work from her series “Evidence” which investigates the aftermath of crime scenes. In the work, Strassheim asks “could we be a victim of violence or perform an act of violence against a loved one out of our immense capacity to feel jealousy, anger, rage, and desperation in a moment of extreme emotion? These photographs allow the viewer to entertain the idea that this situation could involve any one of us.”

Alice Austen House and NYC Parks co-host this evening. The event starts at Fort Wadsworth, 20 New York Avenue, Staten Island and ends at the Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd.

Tickets for non-members: $15, tickets for members: $12. Cocktail ticket: $25

For more information and tickets click HERE.