December 10, 2009

Who Was Alice Austen??

We're always looking for the new and different when it comes to photography exhibits and shows. How great to find an unknown photographer (at least to me!!)

Who was Alice Austen? (1866-1952)

Grab your camera or sketch pad and find out. A visit to the museum that was her home for almost 80 years offers a glimpse into the life and work of this fascinating individual, one of the first woman photographers. In addition to an exhibition of Austen's photographs, there are regular shows related to her work and that of associated 19th- and 20th-century artists. A restored parlor in this elegant gingerbread cottage, built in the 1690s, showcases some of the Austen family's furniture and heirlooms, as well as examples of period decorative arts. Clear Comfort —as the estate is also known—and its Victorian gardens sit above the entrance to New York Harbor, offering spectacular views of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty (see separate entry) and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Alice Austen Homestead and Museum
Two Hylan Boulevard (at Edgewater Street) Staten Island, NY 10305 Tel: (718) 816-4506
Thurs – Sun: 12 pm – 5 pm
Closed January and February

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