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Fall Symposium & Luncheon 

On 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 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 Louis Auchincloss Prize Recipients
Toshiko MoriRobert A.M. Stern Jason Robert Brown Machiko KakutaniWhoopi Goldberg Gloria Steinem Tony Kushner Wynton Marsalis Philip Glass Stephen Sondheim Lynne Meadow Elliott ErwittPete Hamill Sheldon Harnick Ada Louise Huxtable Louis Auchincloss


Spring Gala

Each Spring, the Museum presents its Gotham Icon Award to New Yorkers who have paved the way for the next generation in their respective industry. The evening features cocktails, dinner, and dancing along with an exclusive look at the Museum's newest exhibition. 2023 will mark the Museum's centennial and celebrate 100 years of the Museum being NYC's storyteller through our chronicling of the peaks and valleys of our city’s evolution, providing context for the past, and a platform to envision the future.

Past Gotham Icon Award Recipients
LL COOL J ● Cyndi Lauper ● Kevin Liles ● Owen D. Thomas ● Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


Spring Symposium & Luncheon 

On May 11, 2022, the Museum presented its City of Design Award to NORMA KAMALI. The City of Design Award was inaugurated in 2015 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 City of Design Award Recipients
Cynthia Rowley ● Elizabeth Graziolo ● Peter Marino ● Jacques Grange ● Ralph Pucci ● Jonathan Adler ● Simon Doonan  


Chairman's Leadership Award Luncheon

On June 1, 2022, we presented the Chairman's Leadership Award to STEPHEN J. KETCHUM and CYNTHIA FOSTER CURRY in recognition of their service and commitment to the Museum and New York City. Guests also heard a panel discussion on Bracing for the Future: Inflation and Geopolitical Risk moderated by David Faber and featuring Vishaan Chakrabarti, Mike Fascitelli, and Kewsong Lee.

Past Chairman's Leadership Award Recipients
James G. Dinan ● Tracy V. Maitland ● Blair W. Effron ● Wesley R. Edens ● Scott L. Bok ● Stephen P. Holmes ● Ronald L. Nelson ● Vikram Pandit ● Marc Larsry ● Robert Shafir ● William H. Donaldson ● Kevin B. Dunleavy ● Harold E. Ford, Jr. ● Bruce W. Duncan ● Gary W. Parr ● James E. Cayne ● Michael J. Kowalski ● Robert G. Scott ● John A. Thain ● Richard S. Fuld, Jr. ● William B. Harrison, Jr.  


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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