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Details: America’s Mayor at MCNY

10 Jun 2012

Dragging out photos from the archives for your inspiration pleasure…

I loved this exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of News  York opened and closed two years ago, but I still remember it for its bold colors and interesting story. From the museum’s description:

[The exhibit] examines the controversial tenure (1966-1973) and dramatic times of New York’s 103rd mayor. The exhibition presents John V. Lindsay’s efforts to lead a city that was undergoing radical changes and that was at the center of the upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s; it highlights Mayor Lindsay’s ambitious initiatives to redefine New York City’s government, economy, culture, and urban design. Through his outspoken championship of city life, commitment to civil rights, and opposition to the Vietnam War, Lindsay emerged as a national figure in a troubled and exhilarating era.

I loved the colors used throughout, in the murals and inside the artifact case (like the example at top).

A detail shot of a mural, showing the halftone treatment used, is below.

Throughout the exhibit, artifact vitrines were incorporated into walls in interesting ways, such as the tabletop case above and the vitrine set into the triangular freestanding wall below. They also used a silver finish that I was quite taken with.

Also noteworthy was the amount of information and artifacts on display. Overwhelming, perhaps, for some, but my observation was that the people there were genuinely interested in reading and looking at objects and documents, and for those with shorter attention spans, the large titles provided sign posts to help locate areas that would be of more interest.

The attention to detail throughout was what I appreciated the most. Below is a photo of a sneaky sliver of mural tucked between two walls. Unnecessary, nice touch.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mdohner permalink
    11 Jun 2012 11:41 am

    Nice report, Christine. I’m sending this to my brother in NYC and he might go by see it. I live in Chicago and won’t be able to see it. –Markus Dohner

  2. 11 Jun 2012 8:27 pm

    Thanks for reading, Markus. This particular exhibit is no longer on view but the museum has others that look interesting []—your brother should still stop in. :)

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