New Eyes on Alice Austen

Scholars Roundtable Discussion

Celebrating Alice Austen’s 150th and Women’s History Month

Thursday, March 31, 2016 | 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

at The Whitney Museum of American Art



This roundtable discussion explores the early street photography and charged domestic imagery of Alice Austen (1866–1952). The panel focuses on themes of the New Woman, professional versus amateur photography, gender roles, same-sex relationships, immigration, and New York City history. 


Speakers include Lillian Faderman (Lesbian and LGBT historian, and author of The Gay Revolution), Sarah Kate Gillespie (Curator of American Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia), Richard Meyer (Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, Stanford University), Lara Vapnek (Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University), and Laura Wexler (Professor of American Studies, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University).


Tickets Required($8 adults; $6 members, students, and seniors) Alice Austen House members email for member code to recieve discount. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE


The program is located at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, Manhattan, Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater. Please note that the museum's galleries close at 6:00pm. 

New Eyes on Alice Austen has been made possible in part by a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support provided by Con Edison and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


More about New Eyes on Alice Austen  In 2015 the Alice Austen House was awarded a $35,000 planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for New Eyes on Alice Austen: Redefining the Museum’s Interpretation. With this NEH grant, the Alice Austen House convened a team of five scholars to advise the museum on contextualizing, expanding, and updating the museum’s interpretation of early American photographer Alice Austen’s life and work. 


  • Alice Austen (1866–1952), Trude and I, Masked, Short Skirts, 1891. Collection of Historic Richmond Town in collaboration with the Alice Austen House.