Alice Austen House


05/19/193:00pm– 6:00pm

Stonewall at 50 Exhibition Opening

Photography by Collier Schorr
On view through September 2019


The Alice Austen House presents 'Stonewall at 50', an exhibition by artist Collier Schorr. 15 intergenerational portraits of LGBTQ+ activists and artists, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. This project, generated by partnerships made in the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization committed to producing programming, exhibitions, and educational materials related to the Stonewall uprising and/or the history of the LGBTQ civil rights movement, brings together participants of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising with activists who have followed in their footsteps.

As part of the heady New York art world of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Collier Schorr’s early work mined the vernacular of postmodernism to create photographs that toe the line between documentary and fiction. Often using her subjects allegorically, Schorr’s work navigates the auspices of identity politics to ask beguiling questions about the nomenclature of selfhood. By introducing autobiographical referents and post-appropriation aesthetics into her practice, Schorr’s ongoing body of work negotiates the fluid nature of authorship and performance in relation to portraiture.

Produced by Paul Moakley and Victoria Munro

Funded by the  Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Humanities NY, New York Community Trust, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts

05/22/1910:00am– 12:00pm

Fleet Week Watch Party

Ship Arrival Time TBD

Watch the ship sail in like Alice did. The parade of ships travels into the New York Narrows, passing by the Alice Austen House. 

05/22/191:00pm– 5:00pm

Alice Austen House Museum Reopens to the Public with New Permanent Exhibition "New Eyes on Alice Austen"


The exhibition “New Eyes on Alice Austen” reopens 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.  The installation will fully and truthfully interpret Austen’s life and work for visitors, students and scholars to understand and access. Significantly, the new permanent exhibition will place 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.

Exhibition Design: Coen Projekts

06/6/196:00pm– 8:00pm

Fine Bright Day Exhibition Opening at The Ukranian Institute of America

Exhibition On View at The Ukranian Institute of AmericaHarry F. Sinclair House, a mansion at 2 East 79th Street at Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

The exhibition runs through June 30, 2019. 

This exhibition examines the range of Austen’s photography and specifically inserts her into a contemporary context as the modern queer woman she was. 22 photographs are paired in this show and accompanied by interpretive text by leading scholars, artists and activists from the LGBTQ community.

Contributors include: Donald Moffett, Lillian Faderman, Laura Wexler, Richard Meyer, Liza Cowan, Paul Moakley, Keith Glutting, Victoria Munro, JEB, Mitchell Grubler and Sarah Gillespie.

Curated by Victoria Munro, Executive Director, Alice Austen House.

Made possible by New York Community Trust, The Kors le Pere Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Donald Moffett.

06/8/19– 08/24/19

Gentle Flow Yoga

The lawn of Clear Comfort is the perfect serene environment for yoga two Saturdays a month this summer. Led by Be Yoga & Dance in partnership with Shape Up NYC.

All Sessions start at 10:00 AM.

Dates for this summer are:

June 8, June 22, July 13, July 27, August 10, and August 24. 

06/9/1910:00am– 5:00pm

Annual Pug Fun Day

Bring your pug for a fun day of activities in honor of Alice and her pug, Punch. Presented in partnership with the Pug Dog Club of Greater New York, Inc.. $5.00 Admission

06/14/197:00pm– 9:00pm

Launch of Alice Austen Clear Comfort Pilsner at Flagship Brewery

Mark the launch of the small batch Alice Austen Clear Comfort Pilsner at Flagship Brewery. Hear from brewmaster Patrick Morse about the special blend of hops and hibiscus that makes this a special brew, and from Executive Director Victoria Munro about who Alice Austen was, what is so remarkable about her life and work, and what's new at the House.

Flagship Brewery is located at 40 Minthorne St., Staten Island, NY 10301.

06/21/196:30pm– 9:30pm

Twilight Pride: Celebrate the Larky Life at Alice Austen House

On June 21 at 6:30pm, the Alice Austen House will host Twilight Pride: Celebrate the Larky Life at the Alice Austen House. Alice Austen lived an unabashedly authentic life at Clear Comfort. Come celebrate Pride and toast to her life, her work, her home, and Gertrude Tate and Alice Austen's love at this twilight event on the lawn. With fare from local favorites, music and dancing with DJ Kitty, and Alice Austen Clear Comfort Pilsner by Flagship Brewery, help us relive the Larky Life, and celebrate the second anniversary of our designation as a site of LGBTQ historic significance. 

Reserve your spot today! Tickets are $45 each and include small bites plus two drinks. Click HERE to purchase.

Contact Kirstin Swanson at 718-816-4506 x17 or for sponsorship opportunities.



06/22/194:30pm– 6:30pm

L'unicorns Fiesta

Come and meet the members of Staten Island's first LGBTQ Latinx group. A performance of poetry and music on the Alice Austen House Lawn.

L’unicorns is the first Latinx LGBTQ group on Staten Island.  The group has created a safe space for the LGBTQ Latinx immigrants where members can share information, access education, cultural opportunities and critical resources. They function under the umbrella of La Colmena Community Job Center.


Supported by New York Community Trust

06/23/192:00pm– 4:00pm

Sunday Salon with Ariel Goldberg at Alice Austen House

Performing Networks: Slideshows, Questionnaires, and Directories 


How did lesbian identified photographers in the 1980s build community in real time? Often claiming figures like Alice Austen as inspiration, photographers such as Joan E. Biren and Tia Cross created narratives about becoming a photographer in order to claim legacies from histories of omission.

Ariel Goldberg's publications include The Estrangement Principle (Nightboat Books, 2016) and The Photographer (Roof Books, 2015). Goldberg’s research, writing and performance work has been supported by the New York Public Library, the Franklin Furnace Fund, SOMA in Mexico City, and Smith College. From 2014-2017, they organized readings at The Poetry Project. Goldberg teaches writing and from 2014-2017, they organized readings at The Poetry Project. They are the 2018-9 Zuckerman Fellow, Curator of Community Engagement at the Jewish History Museum in Tucson, AZ. Goldberg’s art writing has appeared in e-flux, Artforum, and Art in America. They are currently working on two books: Heavy Equipment, essays on the practices of LGBTQ photographers in the 1970s-90s, and A Century, a novel based on the partnership of art critic Elizabeth McCausland and photographer Berenice Abbott.

06/29/19– 08/3/19

Meditation on the Lawn at Clear Comfort

New for 2019 Meditation on the Lawn with Be Yoga & Dance. 

All sessions start at 1:00 PM

Dates for Summer 2019 are:

June 29, July 13 and August 3

07/4/196:00pm– 9:00pm

Independence Day with the Staten Island Philharmonic

Hear the sweet sounds of the Staten Island Philharmonic on the lawn of Clear Comfort followed by viewing citywide fireworks displays from the waterfront. 

07/20/1912:00pm– 4:00pm

Community Appreciation Day Festival and Arts & Crafts Fair

Enjoy a festival of food, family arts acivities, and live music at our annual community open house. This year we showcase the work of local artists and artisans, with booths where you can support the local Staten Island Arts community and purchase a unique gift or personal artwork. 

08/3/192:00pm– 4:00pm

Talk with Pat Salmon: Institutionalized on Staten Island

Join us for a talk by Staten Island historian Pat Salmon. During the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries Staten Island was viewed as a healing environment for the ill and those who could not care for themselves. But there was also a darker side. Off-island residents sometimes saw the island as a distant location for those with contagious diseases or for those viewed as outcasts. For these and other reasons the Quarantine station, seaman's retreat, "Old Ladies' Home", Richmond county Almshouse (later the Farm Colony), Nursery and Children's Hostpital, Sea View Hospital and others were established to house those "who required separaration".