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Exhibition Talk: Jacob A. Riis, Beyond "How the Other Half Lives"

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Feb 01
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Exhibition Talk: Jacob A. Riis, Beyond "How the Other Half Lives"
Feb 01, 2020
2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Curator Bonnie Yochelson will give a talk on the exhibit Jacob A Riis: How the Other Half Lives in conjunction with its opening.

When Jacob A. Riis arrived in New York in 1870, he was a penniless Danish immigrant. When he died in 1914, he was a national spokesman advocating tolerance for arriving immigrants and promoting programs to address the growing urban crisis in housing, education and public health. Today, he is best known for his first book, How the Other Half Lives, which from today's perspective, is problematic. We can better assess Riis's achievement as a social justice warrior by placing his landmark book within the arc of Riis's life and career.

Bonnie Yochelson wrote a complete catalogue of the Jacob A. Riis Collection of Photographs, which belongs to the Museum of the City of New York. In 2015, she curated a major Riis exhibition for the Museum; another version that traveled to Copenhagen and Ribe, Riis's native city; and the current version, which is traveling to 24 American venues. She is an art historian and independent curator who has published books on other New York photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz and Berenice Abbott, and is currently writing a book on Alice Austen, a Victorian photographer from Staten Island. 

Cost: Free; RSVP appreciated

 


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Exhibition Talk: Jacob A. Riis, Beyond "How the Other Half Lives"

Curator Bonnie Yochelson will give a talk on the exhibit Jacob A Riis: How the Other Half Lives in conjunction with its opening.

When Jacob A. Riis arrived in New York in 1870, he was a penniless Danish immigrant. When he died in 1914, he was a national spokesman advocating tolerance for arriving immigrants and promoting programs to address the growing urban crisis in housing, education and public health. Today, he is best known for his first book, How the Other Half Lives, which from today's perspective, is problematic. We can better assess Riis's achievement as a social justice warrior by placing his landmark book within the arc of Riis's life and career.

Bonnie Yochelson wrote a complete catalogue of the Jacob A. Riis Collection of Photographs, which belongs to the Museum of the City of New York. In 2015, she curated a major Riis exhibition for the Museum; another version that traveled to Copenhagen and Ribe, Riis's native city; and the current version, which is traveling to 24 American venues. She is an art historian and independent curator who has published books on other New York photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz and Berenice Abbott, and is currently writing a book on Alice Austen, a Victorian photographer from Staten Island. 

Cost: Free; RSVP appreciated

 


Special thanks to our media sponsors, Cascade Public Media/Crosscut.
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