Back to School with Frederick Wiseman

When: Sunday, February 11, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Price: $12 & up | $10 for Museum Members
Still from High School II

High School II (Frederick Wiseman, 221 min, 1994), screened in 16 mm, examines life in an alternative public high school, Central Park East Secondary School in East Harlem, neighbor to the Museum of City of New York. Though the title suggests that this film is a sequel to Frederick Wiseman’s 1969 documentary High School, it’s actually not. The focus of this film is on the interactions between the students, faculty, staff, and parents. As Caryn James noted in The New York Times in 1994, the film is "a study in social mobility."

Conversation to follow, speakers to be announced.

Includes Museum admission and beer courtesy of Harlem Blue.

This event is part of the second season of our nonfiction film series, Smile, It’s Your Close Up: New York's Documentaries, co-programmed with Jessica Green and Edo Choi of the Maysles Documentary Center, which zooms in on key moments, individuals, and communities to pose the question: “What makes New York New York?” To view all of the programs in the series, click here.

$15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students, and educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum and Maysles Documentary Center Members
Includes Museum admission.

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Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917-492-3395.

Assistive listening devices are available during our events. Our auditorium and wheelchair lift can accommodate manual, electric, and motorized wheelchairs. Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions or concerns.

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Presented in collaboration with the Maysles Documentary Center with beer provided by Harlem Blue.

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