Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half A Free Exhibition Tour for ASMPNY Members *
His images still shock – and demand our attention. Through his pioneering photojournalism, Jacob A. Riis illuminated the squalid living conditions of New York City's poor, from the cellars of Ludlow Street to the barracks of Mott Street at the turn of the 20th century.
On Wednesday December 2nd the Museum of the City of New York will be offering a free tour of: Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half with curator Bonnie Yochelson to ASMPNY. Called "heart-rending" by the New York Times, this exhibition provides a unique lens for viewing New York City's persistent struggles with inequality. It also serves as a precursor to our exhibition Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy, with Riis as one of the city's early champions of housing reform. His photos, articles, and illustrated lectures of the slums prompted fellow reformer Theodore Roosevelt to call Riis “New York’s most useful citizen."
This is the first major retrospective of Riis's photographic work in the U.S. in more than six decades, and for the first time unites his photographs and his archive, which belongs to the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. ASMPNY is a proud Co-Sponsor of MCNY's Jacob Riis retrospective event series.