Alice Austen House


09/21/192:00pm– 3:30pm

Reading In Celebration of Audre Lorde

Acclaimed black lesbian feminist, writer, and activist Audre Lorde lived on the North Shore of Staten Island, just a stones throw from the Alice Austen House with her partner and two children from 1972 to 1987.

Lorde authored many of her most influential works while living on St Paul's Avenue, during this time she also co-founded Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, and spoke at the 1979 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

This year her Staten Island residence joined the Alice Austen House on the national register of historic places with LGBTQ significance. In celebration of her legacy and this historic designation, the Alice Austen House will host a reading by Staten Island poets Marguerite Maria Rivas (Staten Islands first Poet Laureate), M.A. Dennis, Thomas Fucaloro, Fern Metcalf and Lisa Rhodes. These poets will read favorite works of Audre Lorde, as well as selections from their own works. THIS IS AN OFFICIAL 2019 BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT

The reading is a lead up to the opening of  Deliberate Acts: The Alice Austen Triennial of Photography inspired by the writing of Audre Lorde The exhibition opens on October 5, 2019. For more information click HERE.
10/5/1912:00am– 12:00am

Deliberate Acts: Opening Night Gala


Join us for Deliberate Acts: Opening Night Gala

To celebrate the second Alice Austen Triennial of Photography


October 5th, 2019



Save the date for a celebration of photography, accomanied by cocktails, delicious food, dancing and a not to be missed art auction.



"Deliberate Acts", inspired by the writing of Audre Lorde, former Staten Island resident and celebrated Black Lesbian Feminist, Writer, and Activist will attempt to uncover the state of contemporary photography on Staten Island and showcase a borough that is often under-represented citywide. Featuring photography by Staten Island residents and others looking at the borough, this juried exhibition will aim to find contemporary themes and narratives that photographers are currently exploring in their work through traditional, digital, and innovative uses of the medium. 



$95 per person

$900 for a group of 10


Honoring Kelly Vilar with the Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate Award for Community Leadership and Gillian Laub with the Alice Austen Award for the Advancement of Photography.


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12/7/192:00pm– 4:00pm

Frederick Law Olmsted – At Home on Staten Island a Talk by Justin Martin

Frederick Law Olmsted spent a handful of years as a Staten Island farmer. But that’s merely one chapter in the life of a man who was, among other things, a journalist, abolitionist, and pioneering landscape architect. Olmsted followed his own idiosyncratic path to greatness. During the talk Martin will connect the disparate pieces of Olmsted’s life, showing how his Staten Island interlude (1848-1855) was crucial to his assorted endeavors, most particularly his masterpiece, Central Park.


Justin Martin’s specialty is American history, meticulously researched, but delivered in a narrative style that’s akin to fiction. He’s the author of five critically acclaimed books including Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. His other titles have covered topics ranging from America’s first Bohemian artists to Antietam, a pivotal Civil War battle. Martin’s articles have appeared in publications across the country including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Lawrence (KS) Journal World. Martin is a 1987 graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas. He lives with his wife and twin sons in Forest Hills Gardens, a landmark NYC neighborhood designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr..

Event hosted by Friends of Olmstead-Beil House