Courtesy of Edwin J. Torres/Mayoral Photo Office.

Past Exhibits

Gracie Mansion has showcased five site-specific art installations concurrently with its Permanent Collection display. While some of these installations, such as New York 1942 and Windows on the City, focus on New York’s changing historic landscape, other exhibits like She Persist and Catalyst dived deep into our contemporary social and political perspectives. Still, The Conservancy chose Gracie Mansion to house these exhibits to further the Conservancy’s commitment to enhancing and enlivening Gracie Mansion by educating our guests about the multifaceted history of New York by way of art created by New Yorkers.



A strip of crinkly wrapped candies on the floor in front of the windows across two rooms. Touch reveals the neat, ribbon-like piles plus the late artist invites visitors to take and eat one right on the spot or keep for later on.

Produced amidst the backdrop of American military intervention in the Persian Gulf War, “Untitled” (USA Today) by FELIX GONZALEZ-TORRES is a pointed interrogation of democracy, patriotism, and the relationship between an individual and a collective social body. “Catalyst: Art and Social Justice.” Exhibit at Gracie Mansion on Monday, February 24, 2020. Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office

Catalyst: Art and Social Justice, 2022-2021

The artworks selected for this final installation follow just some of the many moments of social change and transformation from 1960 to the present and exist in many forms and media. Signs, posters, placards, newspapers, and even letters all served as effective calls for action and reflection for the artists featured in Catalyst.

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Image of late trans activist March P. Johnson holding a purple velvet book. White curly hair tumbles from a crown of pink and and red flowers. Her hair frames the the cheeks of her dark skin and compliments the rouge of her lips. Her smile is wide and beaming.

Image of the late trans activist Marsha ” Pay No Mind” Johnson from the 4 minute video  Lost in the Music. The video created by Tourmaline and Sasha Wortzel interrogates the ways in which justice can be obstructed and delivered.

She Persists: A Century of Woman Artists in New York, 2019-2020

Through painting, sculpture, photography, and video, the varied content of She Persists allowed inclusive dialogues about the contributions of some of the city’s most dynamic artists — some of whom were previously overlooked. Gracie Mansion again served as a dynamic site, specific to the living history and contemporary context of New York today in the course of this milestone anniversary.

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Black and white print of Harlem Resident with Dog. A black woman leans out of her stone brick apartment window and stares to her right. Her dog, also perched on her right, looks forward.

Harlem Resident with Dog, ca. 1943. image taken by Gordan Parks. Courtesy of the Gordon Parks Foundation.

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…..

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Black and white film still of the Kim Loo Sisters

Image of the Kim Loo Sisters taken from the self titled video, The Kim Loo Sisters. The video is a 5 minute excerpt taken from a feature length documentary about the Chinese American quartet ( later turned trio) that became the first Asian American act ever featured on Broadway.

New York 1942, 2017-2018

The second in a series of installations, New York 1942 included artwork, documents, and objects focused on 1942, the year Fiorello La Guardia became the first mayor…

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The late 1790s, building depicted at the left side of this hectic streetscape withthe American flag atop

TONTINE COFFEE HOUSE (WALL STREET), 1797. Oil paining of the busy streetscape that we know today as New York Stock Exchange located in lower Manhattan. This New York address was ideal for business deals and political transactions. Also located in this area was the notorious Meal Market which stood nearby along the East River shore as the last slave market active in the City. Courtesy of the New-York Historical Society.

Windows on the City: Looking Out at Gracie’s New York, 2016-2017

Windows on the City was a project of addition: Whether in place since the restorations of 1981 or 2002 or first lent in 2015, these artworks focused on the late Colonial, Revolutionary, and Federal periods, a timeline running roughly from 1763 to 1825.

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