New York Now: Home

A Photography Triennial

March 10 - August 27, 2023

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A man and a woman stand on a lawn next to a small replica of the Statue of Liberty.

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The Museum of the City of New York is pleased to announce the first in an ongoing photography exhibition series. Inspired by the Museum’s landmark presentation of the same name in 2000, this series will occur every three years and engage different themes and issues of the contemporary city.

The first installment examines the idea of “Home.” At its most practical, “Home” refers to the literal places we dwell. Yet it can also stand for family, or the communities of which we choose to be a part. This vital and complex concept arises in often surprising ways in our urban context, from highly personal experiences to debates over public policy. This exhibition aims to look at how artists have responded to and interpreted these issues.

In recent years, the city has struggled to reckon not only with the ongoing dynamics of economic and racial inequality but also with massive challenges unleashed by the COVID-19 crisis. This exhibition includes photography and video work made over the past several years that creatively documents and interprets this changing cityscape and the disparate responses and experiences of New Yorkers, straddling the stories of the city before, during, and after the pandemic.

The selected work encompasses a variety of perspectives—as diverse as the city itself—and consider a range of picture making approaches. From the personal and intimate to the monumental and collective, the photographs in this exhibition invites viewers to see the city they thought they knew through fresh perspectives.

A man and a woman stand on a lawn next to a small replica of the Statue of Liberty.

Liberty, from the series "We Are Like Air: NYC", 2022. Xyza Cruz Bacani.

Explore the New York Now: Home (Photo Folio)


Liberty, from the series "We Are Like Air: NYC", 2022. Courtesy of Xyza Cruz Bacani

Beyond the Lens— New York Now: Home | Interview Series

Beyond the Lens is a new series featuring photographers from the Museum of the City of New York's newest exhibition, New York Now: Home — A Photography Triennial. 


Project Team


Sean Corcoran is the Senior Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York

Thea Quiray Tagle, PhD is a scholar, writer, and Associate Curator of the Brown Arts Institute and David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University 

Exhibition Design: Isometric Studio 

MCNY Exhibition Team: Sarah M. Henry, Robert A. and Elizabeth Rohn Jeffe Chief Curator and Deputy Director; Christina Chavez, Associate Collections Manager; Elizabeth Indek, Curatorial Projects Associate; Todd Ludlam, Director of Exhibitions Installation; Sheryl McMahan, Registrar; Tracy McFarlan, Associate Director of Curatorial Projects; Nancy Nicholson, Manager of Exhibition Installation; Leela Outcalt, Director of Collections; Gavin Robinson, Associate Collections Manager

Consultants: LM Communal Objects Inc.(fabricator); Williams Brothers Painting and Decorating; Brian Aldous and Avi Dobkin (lighting); Full Point Graphics; Digital Data Depot; Thane Lund; Lisa Hein, Kels Lyn and Kate McKenzie (art handlers) 

Special Thanks

Advisory Committee:  

Michael Famighetti (Editor of Aperture magazine)

Nicole Fleetwood (Curator, writer, 2021 MacArthur Fellow, and Weldon Johnson Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University)

Kris Graves (Artist and founder of Kris Graves Projects and Monolith Editions)

Kristen Lubben (Curator, writer, and Executive Director of Magnum Foundation)

Brian Wallis (Director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock and former chief curator of the International Center for Photography)


Participating Artists

Ariana Faye Allensworth, Xyza Cruz Bacani, Roy Baizan, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Sara Bennett, Amarise Carreras, Cinthya Santos-Briones, Alan Chin, Sally Davies, Maureen Drennan, Nona Faustine, Naima Green, Diana Guerra, Gail Albert Halaban, Chantal Heijnen & Lou van Melik, Ramona Jingru Wang, Anders Jones, Jamel Shabazz, Neil Kramer, Dean Majd, Alan Michelson, Paul Moakley, Cheryl Mukherji, Ian Reid, Richard Renaldi, Irina Rozovsky, Geralyn Shukwit, Laila Annmarie Stevens, Joana Toro, Linda Troeller, Nolan Trowe, Elias Williams, and The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project.


New York Now: Home is made possible in part by The Andrew and Marina Lewin Family Foundation, Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Ronay and Richard Menschel, Jennifer and Andrew Marrus, David Dechman and Michel Mercure, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, and other generous donors. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The Museum is grateful to members of the Abbott Circle for its generous support of New York Now and the Museum’s extensive photography collection.

Leonian, National Endowment for the Arts, Dutch Culture USA

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