Past Event: Culture Goes to War

When: Tuesday, June 20, 6:30pm
Price: $15 and up | $10 for Museum members

The collective trauma of World War I not only reshaped the world’s map and redefined the nature of war, it also launched 20th century modernism by fundamentally transforming the arts. Inspired by our exhibition, Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York, join leading historians, authors, and curators to investigate new modes of literature, painting, and music that arose in response to the war and consider how traditional ideas about Western art were yet another casualty of war. 

The evening will also include a performance of "Over There" by George M. Cohan, as well as other hits from the era, sung by celebrated cabaret performer Michael Lowney

Nicholas Birns
, Specialist in modern American and English fiction, Associate Professor at New York University
Caroline Fieschi, Head Curator, Museum of Contemporary History, Bibliothèque de documentation internationale contemporaine, Paris
Robert Kimball, Historian of American musical theatre, author, and former music critic for the New York Post
Donald Albrecht (moderator), Curator of Design & Architecture at the Museum of the City of New York, Co-curator, Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York

View a performance by Michael Lowney here: 

$20 for adults | $15 for seniors, students & educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum members. Includes Museum admission.

Attention, Members, to receive your discount, click on the "Buy Tickets" button above, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page.

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 can also accommodate manual wheelchairs, however, our wheelchair lift cannot currently accommodate electric or motorized wheelchairs. Please contact us at or 917-492-3395 with any questions or concerns. 

Our Partners

Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy for their support as well as the World War I Centennial Commission and Landmark Tin Pan Alley

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