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Loïe Fuller: Obsessed with Light, A Conversation with the Filmmakers

Wed, April 7, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT About this Event Before there was Isadora Duncan, there was Loïe Fuller (American, 1862-1928), the American creator of modern dance. A ground-breaking inventor, she created a completely new spectacle that combined dance, light, fabric and movement, premiering it at the Folies Bergère in Paris in […]

The Waldorf-Astoria and the Life of the City

Wed, May 5, 2021 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT About this Event When the original Hotel Waldorf opened on Fifth Avenue in 1893, its managers sought to create a “haven for the well-to-do,” an elite citadel that would guard the privacy (and secrets) of a select assemblage of Astors, Vanderbilts and Whitneys. But after […]

Emerging Scholars Celebration

Alice Austen, The Age of Innocence, and Ice Skating and Fashion   About this Event   Winners of the Victorian Society New York's annual Emerging Scholars contest will speak on a fascinating array of topics. Margaret Simons, a collections and development specialist at the Alice Austen House on Staten Island, earning her master's degree in […]

Perilous Voyages to New York’s Safe Harbor

Wed, September 22, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT   Two new books shed light on 19th-century sea journeys for refuge seekers. About this event Before the Civil War, Irish and Black people escaping horrific conditions in their homelands arrived at New York's harbors via sea passages, which are the subject of groundbreaking new […]

The Pre-Raphaelites Updated

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT The reinstalled Bancroft Pre-Raphaelite Collection at the Delaware Art Museum. About this event In August of 2021 the Delaware Art Museum completed a five-year reinterpretation and reinstallation plan for the collection of Pre-Raphaelite art assembled by turn of the century Quaker industrialist Samuel Bancroft. With […]

Modern Gothic: The Inventive Furniture of Kimbel and Cabus, 1863–82

This tour will take place in person on: Wednesday, October 20th, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM   Location: Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238   About this event An in-person, after-hours tour of the Brooklyn Museum's acclaimed exhibition, Modern Gothic: The Inventive Furniture of Kimbel and Cabus, 1863–82. The show's guest curator, […]

Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM About this event Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives is an exhibition of 65 lithographs by the legendary New York firm, now on view at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Site curator Amy Kurtz Lansing will offer a virtual tour of […]

Collecting Inspiration: Edward C. Moore at Tiffany & Co.

Featuring Metropolitan Museum of Art curators from the American, Japanese, and Islamic Art Departments About this event Medill Higgins Harvey, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts and Manager, The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art Monika Bincsik, Diane and Arthur Abbey Associate Curator for Japanese Decorative Arts Deniz […]

“The Strange Artistic Genius of This People”: Ephemeral Art and Impermanent Architecture of Italian Immigrant Catholic Feste

About this event During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Italian working-class immigrants in the United States staged religious feste (street feasts) in honor of the Madonna and Catholic saints. The feasts’ focus were free-standing, Baroque-style chapels, many reaching four stories high, temporarily erected on city sidewalks to display the image of the feted […]

Building The Brooklyn Bridge 1869 to 1883

Thursday, January 20th, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM   About this event Author Jeffrey I. Richman will tell the captivating story of how a bridge of unprecedented size and technology was built over the East River, connecting, for the first time, the then independent cities of Brooklyn and New York. This awe-inspiring structure—built during […]

Margot Gayle Fund Application Deadline

Know someone who is working on a neat preservation project? Tell them to apply to the Margot Gayle Fund! The deadline is February 14th.  Please see the Margot Gayle Fund Page on our website for full details on how to apply.

Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex

Author Rachel Feltman will talk about her forthcoming book. About this event Roman physicians told female patients they should sneeze out as much semen as possible after intercourse to avoid pregnancy. Historical treatments for erectile dysfunction included goat testicle transplants. Sex has changed in a million ways since Adam and Eve, the original awkward virgins, […]

Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion

Wealthy American women—as consumers and as influencers—helped shape French couture of the late nineteenth century. About this event Join us for a conversation with Elizabeth L. Block, PhD, author of Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion (MIT Press). French fashion of the late nineteenth century is known for its allure, its ineffable chic —think […]

2022 Emerging Scholars – Deadline for Proposals

The Victorian Society New York invites university student historians and recent graduates to submit proposals by March 14, 2022, for its annual “Emerging Scholars” evening event on May 16, 2022. The nonprofit VSNY, founded in 1966, supports scholarship about every aspect of 19th-century and early-20th-century culture, including architecture, literature, theater, fine and decorative art, immigration, […]

In-Person Tour – Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property

About this event An in-person curator-led tour of a new exhibit at Poster House in Manhattan, Ethel Reed: I Am My Own Property. Angelina Lippert, Poster House's chief curator, will lead attendees through a retrospective of the artist and designer Ethel Reed (1874-1912). In 1895, Reed shot to fame as a fresh talent in the male-dominated […]

Beyond the Gilded Age: Gold in America

John Stuart Gordon, curator of Yale University Art Gallery's Gold in America: Artistry, Memory, Power About this event Gold’s warm glow, resistance to corrosion, and rarity have made it a preferred material for objects meant to convey prestige, authority, or devotion. This talk by John Stuart Gordon, curator of Yale University Art Gallery's current show, Gold […]

Back Number Budd – In Person Talk

An African American Innovator in the Old Newspaper Business About this event Victorian New Yorkers and their institutions did not consider old newspapers valuable and did not reliably save them. Researchers and others who needed outdated newspapers and magazines had little chance of finding what they wanted unless they happened to learn of Robert M. […]

Emerging Scholars: Brooklyn’s Cyclorama, Sheet Music Xenophobia, and an Electric Gown

Victorian Society New York’s annual Emerging Scholars About this event Winners of the Victorian Society New York’s annual Emerging Scholars contest will speak on a fascinating array of topics. Hannah Morand, a graduate student at the University of Toronto, will analyze a 120-foot-long panoramic painting of a U.S. Army victory at Gettysburg, shown in the […]

55th Annual Meeting – In Person!

  All are welcome at the Victorian Society New York Annual Meeting, Awards Showcase and reception! Tickets include a one-year membership. About this event IN PERSON Presentation & Reception The Church of the Holy Trinity 316 East 88th Street New York, NY 10128 Thursday, June 23rd, 2022 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.   After a two-year […]