TWO EXHIBITIONS TO CHECK OUT BEFORE THEY CLOSE: MARSH PAINTINGS AND AIDS RETROSPECTIVE

By Nancy Novick

Looking for something different to do as summer draws to a close? The New-York Historical Society at 77th and Central Park West is home to two noteworthy exhibits for just a short time longer.

Swing Time: Reginald Marsh and Thirties New York

Reginald Marsh’s paintings of “regular folks” at work, at play, and on the move in 1930s NYC reflect the economic difficulties and crowded conditions of the times, as well as the resilience and vitality New Yorkers displayed. Works by some of Marsh’s contemporaries are also included. Open through September 1.

AIDS in New York: The First Five Years

This exhibition reflects a more consistently somber piece of NYC history, and serves as an important reminder of how New Yorkers reacted to this new epidemic in the early 80s. Fear, bias, courage and pride were all in evidence during this period as patients, the medical community, politicians and activists frequently found themselves at odds with one another. Artifacts on display include headlines of the times, public health literature, ACT UP documents, and scripts and videos of theater inspired by the crisis.

Open through September 15. The New York Historical Society offers a pay-as-you-wish admission from 6 pm to 8 pm on Fridays. For more details on hours and cost of admission at other times, visit the New York Historical Society web site at www.nyhistory.org.

Nancy Novick blogs about books, bookstores, and libraries at www.Stacked-NYC.com.

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