Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
This roundtable discussion explores the early street photography and charged domestic imagery of Alice Austen (1866–1952). The panel focuses on themes of the New Woman, professional versus amateur photography, gender roles, same-sex relationships, immigration, and New York City history.
Speakers include Lillian Faderman (Lesbian and LGBT historian, and author of The Gay Revolution), Sarah Kate Gillespie (Curator of American Art at the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia), Richard Meyer (Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, Stanford University), Lara Vapnek (Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University), and Laura Wexler (Professor of American Studies, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University).
This event is presented in celebration of Women’s History Month and Alice Austen’s 150th birthday.
Tickets are required ($8 adults; $6 members, students, and seniors). Please note: This event has reached ticketing capacity. A limited number of standby tickets may be available at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line will open one hour prior to the program’s start time.
The Alice Austen House keeps the daring spirit of the early American photographer alive by presenting changing exhibitions of Alice Austen’s pioneering photographs alongside works by contemporary photographers, and providing art education and a range of cultural programs. Austen and her partner Gertrude Tate spent nearly thirty years together in the Austen family’s home, a one-room Dutch farmhouse from c. 1690 with later Victorian additions. The Alice Austen House stands in a waterfront park on the shore of Staten Island with sweeping views of Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Through a partnership with The Alice Austen House, this program has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Additional support provided by Con Edison and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.