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Watch art and history come alive every day at New-York Historical! Learn about the past and engage with your community through our digital audio and video resources.


The New-York Historical Society makes history matter every day by bringing you engaging educational programs, intellectually stimulating lectures, thought-provoking exhibitions, and fascinating stories in art and history that you never knew. As a public resource for learning, New-York Historical works to offer audio and video digital resources where possible. Our Media Page brings you select programs and events as well as fun facts and deep dives into topics about the history of the United States through the eyes of its cultural nucleus, New York City.

N-YHS Museum & Library
25 minutes

Commemorate the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, with this moving video compilation of over 175 photographs from the "here is new york" collection, set to "On the Transmigration of Souls," a composition by John Adams performed by the New York Philharmonic.

Programs and Events
49 minutes

What was the Barbizon Hotel? Long a female-only residential hotel, it granted 20th-century women a new level of freedom to pursue careers, romance, adventure, and independence.

Member Events
52 minutes

Artist Tim Okamura explores his work in contemporary realist portraiture. In conversation with curator Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, Okamura discusses the New-York Historical Society’s acquisition of his 2021 painting Nurse Tracey, its place in the exhibition Dreaming Together, and questions of race and identity. With an introduction by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang, New-York Historical trustee and chair of its exhibition committee.

Programs and Events

Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture, an exhibition that was view at the Alice Austen House Museum in the spring of 2021, highlighted photographic work from four trans and non-binary artists whose portrait photography exudes tender intimacy and calls for a radical shift in visibility politics.

58 minutes

Author and artist Bruce McCall has contributed to virtually every prominent magazine in North America, including Esquire and Vanity Fair, and has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker, where he has created more than 75 covers over four decades. In a special conversation presented in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition Bruce McCall’s New York (April 23 – August 15, 2021), the New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik and Andy Borowitz celebrate McCall’s vibrant and humorous work and illuminate the prolific artist’s practice and inspiration.


Creative: Tronvig Group