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August 28, 2014 – New York, NY – Fraunces Tavern Museum is pleased to announce “Give Me Liberty,” a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw. In this site-specific exhibition, Shaw invokes imagery of early American statehood in media ranging from oil on panel to collaged holograms, security envelopes, and other mediums. Give Me Liberty will be on view from September 10, 2014 through March 16, 2015.
Challenged by the contextual significance of exhibiting in Manhattan’s oldest surviving structure, a space which figures prominently in the Revolutionary era history and now serves as a monument to American history, Shaw engages with the Museum’s permanent collection by taking liberties with the stock images of the Revolution, reanimating and re-envisioning them through a twenty-first century lens.
Many of the featured works continue Shaw’s series of security envelope collages. Adopting the envelopes as an artistic medium, Shaw engages both their ascribed function as security devices—dividing interior from exterior, public from private—as well as the envelope’s status as a nearly bygone technology, an analog buffer in world of digital encryption.
“Shaw’s work brings unique imagery to the historic house museum audience. The visually captivating pieces allow viewers a special perspective to today’s remembrance of our nation’s founding years.” says Jessica Baldwin Phillips, Museum Executive Director.
Sylvanus Shaw (b. 1979, Houston, TX) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been shown at the Salon Art + Design Fair, International Fine Arts and Antiques Dealers Show, International Art & Design Fair, and the National Arts Club. He was an H. W. Jansen Scholar in art history at New York University where he received his B.A. with honors in Fine Arts. He is a Pushcart Prize nominated author whose writings have appeared in Zingmagazine, SpringGun, Lilies and Cannonball Review, and Aufgabe. In addition to his visual work, Shaw is working on a collection of design furniture which will be released in the spring of 2015. www.sylvanusylvania.com
An American Experience: Adeline Moses Loeb and Her Early American Jewish Ancestors
With an introduction by Eli N. Evans
Contributors: John L. Loeb Jr., Kathy L. Plotkin, Margaret Loeb Kempner, Judith E. Endelman
This generational family memoir is presented in three stand-alone sections salted with full-color early American portraits, genealogical trees, historical maps, and family photographs.
In Ambassador Loeb’s appended essay, “Anatomy of Patriotism” is a reminder that we are a nation of immigrants whose experiment in diversity and tolerance has succeeded beyond even its founders’ wildest dreams.
“A model for genealogists, a gift to historians, and a treasure for anyone who loves American portraiture, this magnificently produced volume sets a new standard for family history. It reveals much not only about John L. Loeb Jr., Adeline Moses Loeb, and the ancestors who shaped them, but also about their American Jewish experience as a whole, from its early colonial beginnings.”
- Jonathan Sarna
Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History, Brandeis University
$50 $15* (not including shipping and handling)
All proceeds from this book sale will directly benefit Fraunces Tavern Museum.
*$15 of your contribution will be tax deductible.
Among massive skyscrapers at the southern tip of Manhattan, 54 Pearl Street has stood since 1719. Fraunces Tavern, a New York City Landmarked building and part of the National Registered Fraunces Tavern Historic Block, was opened by the non-profit public charity, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc. (SRNY) to the public as a restaurant and museum in 1907. Made up of five historic buildings, the Tavern houses the Museum, over 5,000 historic artifacts, museum offices, a Revolutionary War replica flag collection, and more.
The SRNY have been maintaining Fraunces Tavern, since 1904. Preserving five historic buildings built between 1829 and 1907 has been a challenge and privilege. Each building needs regular maintenance and occasional capital improvements. These improvements are ongoing for the life of the buildings.
The most recent capital need is for the facades of the 24 & 26 Water Street and 58 Pearl Street buildings.
Restoration started in mid-June and will cost a total of $325,000.
11/24/14 Update – $62,495 has been raised!
10/23/14 – $51,745 has been raised!
10/2/14 – $50,105 has been raised!
9/25/14 – $46,165 has been raised!
9/12/14 – $40,365 has been raised!
9/2/14 – $37,265 has been raised!
8/22/14 – $32,530 has been raised!
8/14/14 – The SRNY has raised $29,460!
The facade restoration is an essential piece to fulfilling the mission. Please consider donating to the Façade Restoration Project! The SRNY is offering a 100% matching gift for every donation made.
Make a revolutionary difference and donate* to the Fraunces Tavern Façade Restoration Project!
*100% of all donations are tax deductible.
6:30pm – Reception
Flag Gallery, Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10004
7:30pm – Dinner
Bissell Room, Fraunces Tavern Restaurant
Early bird pricing: $100/ticket (October 13-19)
Regular price: $125/ticket
Ticket includes both reception and dinner.
Ticket sales have closed. Please join us next year!
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Hosted by The Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York whose mission is to perpetuate the memory of the men who, in military, naval, or civil service, by their acts or counsel, achieved American independence; and to promote and assist in the proper celebration of anniversaries of events relating to the War of the Revolution.
On November 25, 1783, the British Army left New York after occupying the city for seven years. That night, the first American-born Governor of New York, George Clinton, honored George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief, with a banquet held in Fraunces Tavern where thirteen toasts were offered beginning with “The United States of America” and ending with “May the Remembrances of this Day be a
**Tickets are required and are a first come basis. Space is limited. Payment must be received with reservation.**
WE’VE SOLD OUT!
Make sure you keep an eye out for our Spring Walking Tour, coming 2015!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
11:30am – 1:30pm
$20 regular pricing / $15 for Museum members
New York City had been the main base for the British for over 7 years of war. On November 25th, 1783, they filed onto their ships to leave for good; the War for Independence was finally over.
Led by licensed New York City Tour Guide, Fred Cookinham, you will follow in the footsteps of General Washington and his troops as they entered New York in triumph. Picture Fraunces Tavern and the surrounding neighborhood as it looked over 200 years ago. See where the Liberty Boys challenged the Redcoats on their own parade ground. Learn about the people of New York and what it was like for them to be caught up in a revolution. Which side would you have chosen to be on?