Project Description

Visualizing 19th-Century New York examines New York City—a spectacle for resident and visitor alike—through prints and photographs produced by cultural entrepreneurs who created a vast commercial market for their images of the booming metropolis.

Nineteenth-century New York City was a visual experience, a spectacle for resident and visitor alike. This Bard Graduate Center Focus Gallery exhibition examines how New York’s cultural entrepreneurs turned to the production of woodcuts, aquatints, lithographs, and photographs in order to make sense of their booming metropolis and to promote their own manufactures to a national, indeed international, market.

As project manager and instructor I led faculty, staff, and students through the research, development, and deployment of a digital publication and two touchscreen gallery interactives. The still active web-accessible digital publication includes an interactive map providing access to essays and exhibition objects. The two touchscreen interactives, Broadway and Ann and Behind the Scenes, provided interactive in-gallery experiences of supplemental material and are part of digital publication. Developed out of student research and prototyping and final version developed by the firm CHIPS.