Defining Heritage: A Night of Performance

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Defining Heritage: A Night of Performance
Jan. 28 @ 7 PM
Tix: $8/$5 Reliquary members

Join us for this intimate event that explores the concept of heritage through poetry and music. A diverse group of NYC-based artists will use their art to meditate on sexuality, class, race, gender identity, and other life issues that factor into forms of heritage.

Performances by:
Ali Dineen
Marlee Miller
Trumpet Grrrl
Henry Gonzalez
Sagiv Galai

Normalizing Hatred: The Nazi Germany Snapshots of Dan Lenchner


Normalizing Hatred: The Nazi Germany Snapshots of Dan Lenchner
Thursday, Feb. 2 @ 7 PM
Tix: $10/$8 Reliquary members

Dan Lenchner will present a selection of snapshots that capture moments in the lives of Nazis. He has amassed a collection of over 500 images. His presentation will reveal shockingly relatable human experiences in the lives of people who committed one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century and how propaganda can bend people toward unspeakable acts. Tickets on sale now through Artfully.

Dan’s collection was published in 2015 as Normal: How the Nazis Normalized the Unspeakable and has been reviewed in VICE.

Space for this event is very limited. Secure your spot now!

Guest performance TBA.

This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, a weekly series intended to educate and empower while celebrating the diversity of New York.

Welcome to the Big Time: Vintage Vaudeville on Film

Welcome to the Big Time: Vintage Vaudeville on Film
Friday, January 27 @ 7 PM
Tix: $8 general/$5 Reliquary members

Join us for an astonishing selection of vintage vaudeville performances curated by local film/video archivist Russell Scholl! Tickets on sale now!

Experience some of the most exciting entertainment of a bygone era! Russell’s selections will transport us to The Palace Theatre for a variety show like no other. Singing, Dancing, Juggling, Feats of Strength, Cross-Dressing, Acrobatics, Trained Animals, Contortionism, Comedy, Mishegaas and Magic (not to mention great artistry) will all be on display!

United In Anger w/Jim Hubbard & Miz Cracker


Screening of United In Anger: A History of ACT-UP
With Miz Cracker and Jim Hubbard
Thursday, Jan. 26 @ 7 PM
Tix: $10 general/$8 Reliquary members

Join us for a screening of Jim Hubbard’s United in Anger: A History of ACT-UP. This film chronicles the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of those on the front lines of fighting the epidemic. Oral histories of members of ACT-UP and rare archival footage illustrate the efforts of ACT UP to combat corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.

The evening will begin with a short performance by drag queen, writer, and activist Miz Cracker. Following the film, there will be a discussion with Miz Cracker and Jim Hubbard, who is a veteran in the battle for LGBTQ rights and in the fight against AIDS and the founder of the ACT-UP oral history project.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of ACT-UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS. The group was founded in March 1987 at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City’s West Village.

This event is part of “Beyond Patience & Fortitude,” The City Reliquary’s series in political advocacy and in education and appreciation of the diversity of NYC.

Space is VERY limited for this event! We strongly urge you to buy tix in advance thru Artfully.


Beyond Patience and Fortitude: A Series for Celebration and Political Action

Beyond Patience & Fortitude:
In Protection and Celebration of New York’s Diverse Cultures


On Friday, January 20th, The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization will inaugurate Beyond Patience & Fortitude, an event series designed to educate and empower New Yorkers in the current political climate. From January to March, we’ll host presentations and performances that inform and inspire us to civic action. It’s time to move #beyondpatience! Ticket on sale through Artfully.

Admission includes access to:

  • Materials for protest signs and button-making materials for making your own Civic New Yorker pin (or feel free to bring your own design)
  • Posters, stickers, and informational “Know Your Rights” flyers provided by Interference Archive and the ACLU
  • Copies of RESIST!, a newspaper of political comics and graphics, many by female artists. The paper presents a powerful collective female voice and an affirmation of unity, diversity, and creativity. RESIST! is guest-edited by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, and writer Nadja Spiegelman. It is published by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Bookstore.
Performance of Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” by Loud Box and screening of Bill Santen’s nostalgic, wistful treatment of Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration.

Get your tix ahead of time through Artfully!

Pt. I (Jan. 26-Feb. 16) — Space is very limited, so reserve your space!
Tickets are on sale through Artfully. All admission is $10/$8 Reliquary members:

Jan. 26: Screening of United In Anger: A History of ACT UP and a discussion with Jim Hubbard. Drag queen, writer, and activist Miz Cracker will perform before the screening and participate in the discussion.

Feb. 2: Dan Lenchner presents his collection of snapshots capturing daily life of Nazis in the 1930s and ’40s. His collection illustrates Hannah Arendt’s idea of the “banality of evil:” The photos present shockingly relatable, human experiences of those who supported or perpetrated one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.

Feb. 9 Rescheduled to March 8: Gabe Fowler of Desert Island will discuss RESIST! a tabloid newspaper of comics mostly by women artists that comment on a Trump presidency. With a performance by Alana Amram.

Feb. 16: Speak Out! Rise Up! Podcast Workshop w/Keisha “TK” Dutes of Bondfire Radio. Guests will learn the basics of developing a podcast, and then will have the opportunity to record their own 30-minute podcast.

Pt. II (Feb. 23-March 9)
Tickets are on sale through Artfully. All admission is $10/$8 Reliquary members:

Feb. 23: Redefining “Native New Yorker”: For many people, the term “native New Yorker” refers to someone born and raised in one of the five boroughs. Three special guests will offer a broader and more inclusive look at native culture in NYC:

Matt Levy, a Brooklyn-born New Yorker and co-owner of the Levy’s Unique New York! tour company.

Ryan Victor “Little Eagle” Pierce, a member of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation and Founder and Artistic Director of The Eagle Project.

Kaina Quenga is a native Hawaiian, from Hawaiʻi and lives in New York City.  She will share a performance of traditional Hawaiian Hula and chant.

March 2: American Life Through Muslim Eyes: Perspectives From Mother & Son: Author Sabeeha Rehman will read from her memoirs, Threading My Prayer Rug. This highly acclaimed book relates humorous and poignant moments from her life as a Muslim woman who immigrated from Pakistan to the US. The evening will include a discussion with Sabeeha and her son, Asim Rehman, about their experiences and perspectives as Muslim-Americans living in the US.

March 9: Details Soon!

We hope these events inspire civic action and greater understanding. The need for community is especially important at this moment. Look out for news on Part II of this series in the next few weeks.

Stay Civic!

New York State Pavilion Show Extended/Modern Ruin Screening!

NYS Pavilion exhibit extended! Encore screening of Modern Ruin!
Sunday, January 15 @ 7 PM
Tix: $8 general/$5 Reliquary members

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By popular request, we’re offering an encore screening of Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair PavilionMatthew Silva’s documentary on Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion. The building, designed for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, is now best known as a fascinating ruin in the middle of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.Silva’s film chronicles the many transformations of the Pavilion, from World’s Fair exhibition space, to concert venue, to roller rink, and asks viewers to envision their own plans for the building’s future.

Tickets available through Artfully!

Previous screenings of this film at the Reliquary sold out. Secure your tickets now! Don’t miss your chance to see this gorgeous treatment of one of NYC’s most iconic curiosities. Check out this stellar review from Untapped Cities!

After an overwhelmingly positive response, we’re extending our exhibition on Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion to Sunday, January 29.


Alex Schneider Out-of-Print Foreign Currency

Baby, I’ve Got Your Money:
The Out-of-Print Foreign Currency Collection of Alex Schneider
Opens July 21, 2016

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The City Reliquary proudly presents the Community Collections display of mostly out-of-print foreign currency from Alex Schneider. The coins and paper bills exhibited possess little monetary value, but they remind us of the diversity of our city and the beauty that can hide in common everyday objects. Check out a few details from this amazing archive of obsolete legal tender:

Holiday Closings


Happy holidays to all, and best wishes in 2017!

The Reliquary will be closed Sat., Dec. 24, and Sunday, Christmas Day. We’ll also be closed Dec. 31 and New Year’s Day.

Closing Reception for Life of an American Ruin

Closing reception for Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion
Sat., Jan. 7, @ 5:30 PM
Tickets: $8 general/$5 Reliquary members

Join us as we bid farewell to our fall exhibition, Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion–the first show dedicated exclusively to the decaying structure from the 1964 NY World’s Fair. See works never before exhibited in this group exhibition before it closes on January 15! Featuring archival images from Bill Cotter; urban explorer photography by Phil Buehler, Marco Catini, and Robert Fein; installation by Aaron Asis, painting by Eric Doeringer, and a short film by Alex Zandi.

The evening will include two screenings of Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion at 6 PM and 8 PM. One screening is included with the price of admission (run time: 1 hr 18 min). The screenings will take place indoors at the Reliquary. Seating is limited. Reserve your tickets now! 

Modern Ruin is a documentary by filmmaker Matthew Silva. It presents the rich history of the Pavilion, from World’s Fair exhibition space to concert venue to roller rink, and possible paths for its future. The film is a must-see for anyone who has been captivated by Philip Johnson’s structure, either during the ’64 Fair or in the intervening years as it grew into a ruin of American postmodern architecture.

Tickets on sale now through Artfully! $8 general/$5 Reliquary members.

Beverages available on a donation basis, with beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.

A Visit from Santa at our Holiday Party!


Santa Claus is Coming to The City Reliquary!
Friday, December 16th, 5-9 PM
370 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburgh, BK
$8 general/$5 Reliquary members/Kids free

Join us Friday, December 16th from 5 to 9 PM to celebrate the holiday season in true City Reliquary style! The evening will include a special visit from Santa Claus at 6 PM. We’ll serve cookies & milk for kids, coffee & “yuletide cheer” for adults! Holiday tunes set the festive mood while children visit with Santa. We’ll provide materials for making wish lists.

Tickets available now through Artfully! $8 general/$5 Reliquary members. All children admitted free of charge. Become a member today!

This year we’ve decked the halls with the Christmas kitsch collection of John and Rowena Doyel. John always had a taste for the offbeat–he was a beatnik painter who hung out with artists Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock in the 50s. When Rowena discovered that their property once belonged to Clement Clarke Moore, famous for A Visit From St. Nicholas (better known as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas), John found a new outlet for his interest in unusual things. The Doyels developed a massive collection of wind-up, battery-operated, and spring-loaded Santas dating from the 1920s to the 1960s. Each year, John activated these figures in “The Santa Show,” a performance for friends and neighbors that created a sensory overload of flashing lights, electronic music, and animated figures. The New York Times detailed John’s collection and life story in a piece from 2009.

One of John’s “Santa Show” performances was captured in a home video by his son-in-law, Nick Fritsch, in 1985. The City Reliquary display includes a looped screening of this short film.

We’re very excited that John Doyel’s daughter, Lesley, will join our holiday party! Lesley will recreate John’s performance of The Santa Show in a live demonstration incorporating many of the Santas on display! Check out just a few of the quirky figures we’ll show off during the party: