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Special Events

As we look ahead to our 2022 events, we are putting plans in place for safe, socially distanced fundraisers that will enable us to keep the Museum, its mission, and our community thriving. We’re proud that the Museum has been able to provide reprieve to so many New Yorkers and, working in accordance with local and state mandates, look forward to seeing you all back at the Museum.

Spring Gala: Analog City  

On June 1, 2022, the Museum will present its Gotham Icon Award to STEPHEN J. KETCHUM and other selected New Yorkers who have paved the way for the next generation in their respective industry. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and dancing along with an exclusive look at the Museum's upcoming exhibition, Analog City: NYC B.C. (Before Computers).

Past Gotham Icon Award Recipients
LL COOL J ● Cyndi Lauper ● Kevin Liles ● Sharene Wood ● James Wesley ● Seth Rudetsky ● Leah Scondotto ● Dr. Elizabeth Awerbuch ● Dr. Michelle Ng Gong ● Dr. Félix Matos Rodríguez ● Owen D. Thomas ● Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

More Information on the 2022 Spring Gala to come.


Spring Symposium & Luncheon 

At the Spring Symposium & Luncheon, the Museum awards the City of Design Award to recognize those who have made New York the design capital of the world and who inspire future generations of designers to bring their talents to our great city. Past recipients of the City of Design Award include Cynthia Rowley, Elizabeth Graziolo, Peter Marino, Jacques Grange, Ralph Pucci, Jonathan Adler, and Simon Doonan. 

More information on the 2022 Spring Symposium & Luncheon to come.


Fall Symposium & Luncheon 

On Tuesday, October 19, 2021, the Museum of the City of New York hosted its Fall Symposium & Luncheon in celebration of New York City artists and designers. Over the last year and a half, the artists and designers of New York City have shown the breadth of their innovation and creativity in support of their fellow New Yorkers – from pivoting to mask making, to re-envisioning interior and exterior design layouts to allow for safe gatherings, to lifting the spirits of the local communities through new, site-specific works of art.  

In the spirit of these innovators, this year’s Symposium & Luncheon featured a panel of design experts.

  • Led by Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country
  • Featuring
    • Isaac Mizrahi, Performer, Writer, Designer & Producer
    • Clint RamosDesigner/Creative Producer
    • Alex Vadukul, City Correspondent for The New York Times


Louis Auchincloss Prize

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, the Museum of the City of New York presented the 2021 Louis Auchincloss Prize to Faith Ringgold, painter, sculptor, teacher, activist, and children’s author, in celebration of her contributions to New York City's art museums and activist movements.

Each Fall, the Museum of the City of New York presents the Louis Auchincloss Prize to writers and artists whose work is inspired by and enhances the five boroughs of New York City. Past honorees include Jason Robert Brown, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Michiko Kakutani, Tony Kushner, Wynton Marsalis, and Philip Glass.


NYC Champions & Change Makers

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, we paid tribute to countless acts of heroism happening across the five boroughs during the COVID-19 crisis while shining a light on the way New Yorkers have historically persevered no matter the circumstances.  It was a celebration of the change makers around our city working towards a more safe, just, and equitable world, the evening will share New York’s stories of hope and great bravery – past and present. 

The evening featured a live welcome from the Museum's Director, followed by special guest appearances, and ended with a salute to the 7 pm clap out for New York's front-line workers. 


Member & Starlight Circle Events 

Celebrate the inspiring story of our city. Become a Member of the Museum and get invitations to exclusive events and private tours and beyond.

Based on membership level, these events range from: 

  • Member Appreciation Nights
  • Exhibition Opening Receptions
  • Complimentary tickets to Public Programs
  • VIP, curator-led preview & collection tours
  • Exclusive events featuring visits to private homes and collections, behind-the-scenes tours of Museum collections, and outings to special New York City places


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