Signs in the City: Outdoor Advertising and the New York City Skyline

When: Thursday, March 22, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Price: Free. Registration required.
New York Edison Company, [Columbus Circle at night], January 9, 1928, gelatin silver print X2010.11.1759.

When monumental billboards and illuminated signs appeared on top of NYC buildings at the turn of the 20th century, they provoked intense debate among architects, planners, artists, lawyers, and citizens about the changing nature of the cityscape. Join Craig Lee, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, to trace how outdoor advertising displays went from a “blight” and a “nuisance” to becoming official NYC landmarks in the New York City skyline.

This event is geared towards educators but is open to all with interest in the topic.

Educators will learn about sources in the exhibition New York at Its Core available to support their students’ learning in the Museum and online. Participants will leave with resources for the classroom and a CTLE certificate for 1.5 hours of professional development.

Light refreshments will be served.


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This discussion is part of the lecture series New York Under the Lens: Educator Evenings at the Museum of the City of New York. Led by the Museum's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Fellows in History Education, these informative talks and lively discussions uncover new approaches to examining New York City’s past and present. These events are geared towards educators but open to all with interest in the topics.

Free. Registration required.

The Museum is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports a Predoctoral Fellowship Program in History Education.

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors.

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