John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York
May 5 - October 10, 2010
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A new look at the dramatic times and controversial tenure (1966-1973)
of New York City's 103rd mayor.
America’s Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York examines the dramatic times and controversial tenure (1966-1973) of New York’s 103rd mayor. The exhibition presents Lindsay’s efforts to lead a city amid the political and social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s; it also highlights Mayor Lindsay’s ambitious initiatives to redefine New York’s government, economy, culture, and urban design. As a result of his commitment to civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War, Lindsay emerged as a national figure in a troubled and exhilarating era. At a time of exodus to the suburbs, he championed city life. The exhibition explores the political and fiscal costs of his approach, particularly growing criticism from disaffected white ethnic voters and a city budget increasingly in debt.
The exhibition, presented in cooperation with the Municipal Archives, is accompanied by a book of the same title edited by Sam Roberts of The New York Times and co-published by Columbia University Press and the Museum of the City of New York (May 2010), as well as a public television documentary, Fun City Revisited: The Lindsay Years presented by WNET.ORG.
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