Faculty member Bonnie Yochelson curates Jacob Riis show @ Museum of the City of New York

Jacob Riis (1849-1914) was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the 20th century. His then-novel idea of using photographs of the city’s slums to illustrate the plight of impoverished residents established Riis as forerunner of modern photojournalism. Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half features photographs by Riis and his contemporaries, as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence.

This is the first major retrospective of Riis’s photographic work in the U.S. since the City Museum’s seminal 1947 exhibition, The Battle with the Slum, and for the first time unites his photographs and his archive, which belongs to the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library.

The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Yochelson, former Curator of Prints and Photographs at the City Museum, and is co-presented by the Library of Congress. It will travel to Washington, D.C., and to Denmark following its presentation at the City Museum.

Yale University Press, the City Museum, and the Library of Congress also co-published a book on the occasion of the exhibition.

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PAUL RAND @ MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

PAUL RAND @ MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

Join us for the grand finale of the exhibition Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand. Star designer Kyle Cooper, known as "the Da Vinci of movie title sequences,” will share what he learned from Paul Rand when he was his student at Yale University, the example that “Mr. Rand” set for him, and how Rand profoundly influenced the way Cooper approaches design and teaching today. Andrew Losowsky, journalist and author, will join Cooper afterwards for a brief conversation. 

Max Kozloff

Max Kozloff

Max Kozloff is one of the most important figures in the fields of art and photography criticism. Within three years of his Masters degree in Art History from the University of Chicago, he became the art critic for The Nation (1961-68), the New York correspondent for the magazine Art International (1961-64), and later moved from Associate to Contributing to Executive Editor at Artforum (1963-1976), a magazine founded in 1962 with the express intent to move US art criticism into an intellectually rigorous form.