The New-York Historical Society’s History Responds collecting initiative seeks to preserve history as it is unfolding. Founded in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the program has since allowed New-York Historical to document Black Lives Matter protests, Occupy Wall Street, the 2017 Women’s Marches, and the Climate Strike, among many other events.
This special installation focuses on objects and art collected during the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented crisis during which New York artists found original ways to express their appreciation for health care workers; businesses stepped in to produce much-needed sanitizer; and restaurants hurried to feed frontline essential workers.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.