New Yorkers at Work and Play (2018-2019)
As a bridge between New York 1942 and She Persists, the Conservancy hung 15 lent works alongside some of its historic permanent collections. Together they brought diverse glimpses of New Yorkers active in industry, leisure, or — best of all — both at the same time. While some of the subjects shown are renowned, most are anonymous; and in all instances, the occasions may have passed unnoticed. A binding theme is art’s capacity to better sense the City’s endlessly varied and complex past.