Activist New York

Strike Pickets, 1910. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Two women strikers from the Ladies Tailors union stand on the picket line during the "Uprising of the 20,000" garment workers strike.

In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Inspired by the ongoing exhibition Activist New York, which presents the ideas and conflicts that underlie New York City’s history of agitation, this program series looks at how a legacy of social activism shapes the city we know today.

Talks Tuesday, May 2, 6:30pm

Vital Little Plans

Reconsider the legacy of urban activist Jane Jacobs with Samuel Zipp, editor of a newly-published collection of her work.
Talks Wednesday, May 10, 7:00pm

Making It Here

Julissa Arce and AJ Gogia discuss immigrant opportunity, struggle, and success.
Talks Monday, May 15, 6:30pm

Muslim in New York

An evening exploring the extraordinarily rich, multifaceted histories of New York City's major Muslim communities
Films Wednesday, May 24, 6:30pm

After Stonewall

A screening of "T.V. Transvestite" followed by a conversation with director Simone di Bagno, Celso Satori LaBeija, Willyum LaBeija, and Joe Jeffreys.

The Puffin Foundation

Activist New York is the inaugural exhibition in The Puffin Foundation Gallery, which is dedicated to the ways in which ordinary New Yorkers have exercised their power to shape the city's and the nation's future.

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