Bedford + Bowery covers Beyond Patience & Fortitude!


Bedford + Bowery has published a fantastic review of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, our event series in political advocacy and civic engagement!

From the article:
“City Reliquary is here to help with a new series that promises to make you feel less ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about democratic citizenry.”

Read more here! And learn more about our series in raising awareness, combating prejudice, and encouraging us all to be the most civic New Yorkers we can be!


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

Speak Out! Rise Up! Podcast Workshop w/Keisha “TK” Dutes

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Speak Out! Rise Up! Podcast Workshop w/Keisha “TK” Dutes
Thurs., Feb. 16 @ 7 PM
Tix: $10/$8 Reliquary members

Broadcast your message and get your voice heard! Keisha “TK” Dutes will show us how to create a podcast, from the required equipment to interview techniques. After learning the basics, you can tape your own live 30-minute podcast! Try engineering, hosting, producing, or whatever role suits you best. Space is limited, so reserve your space now! Tickets available through Artfully.

This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, a series sponsored by The City Reliquary to promote advocacy and civic action while celebrating the diversity of NYC.

Keisha is a former host of Rise Up Radio on WBAI. This program addressed issues such as police brutality, race, and independent music. She was also a video correspondent for Society HAE, a website on art, fashion, and culture in the African diaspora. After 7 years at WBAI, Keisha co-founded Bondfire Radio where she hosts her morning show, TK in the AM.

RESIST! Presentation with Gabe Fowler


RESIST! Presentation with Gabe Fowler (Desert Island)
Thurs., Feb. 9 @ 7 PM
Free & Open to the Public!

2/16/17: UPDATE! This event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 8, International Women’s Day. See you then!!

2/9/17 – UPDATE! Due to Winter Storm Niko, this event has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date!!

2/5/17 – UPDATE! Our guest performer will be Alana Amram. Alana hails from upstate New York, Brooklyn and now lives in Los Angeles. Before focusing on music, she was a zinester, a filmmaker, and spent her teenage years in NYC clubs and D.I.Y. spaces.

Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics will talk about his work on RESIST!, a woman-centric comics newspaper that comments on a Trump presidency. Gabe will discuss the factors that compelled him to highlight women’s voices after the 2016 presidential election, and the overwhelming response to the zine’s call for artists.

RESIST! is a special issue of Smoke Signal published by Desert Island. It is edited by Françoise Mouly, art editor of The New Yorker, and writer Nadja Spiegelman. A grassroots network of volunteers distributed free copies of the zine at Women’s Marches across the country on January 21, 2017. RESIST! has received coverage from the Washington PostBleeding Cool, Hyperallergic, and Melville House Publishing.

Space is limited. Reserve your tickets now!

This event is part of Beyond Patience & Fortitude, The City Reliquary’s event series in political advocacy and civic engagement, and in celebration of the diversity of NYC.

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: FREE LIKE OSCAR: Resistance Through Afro-Latino Culture: Melinda González, co-founder of BombaYo, discusses how traditions in Latino culture from the African diaspora can teach resistance and resilience. With a community healing drum sharing by Jose L. Ortiz, aka Dr. Drum, director of BombaYo.

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.


2016 Annual Appeal: Help Support the Reliquary!

Our community museum needs your support. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our Annual Appeal.

Dear Friends,

One day, about fifteen years ago, I had an idea that began quite small: a simple window display in a neighborhood undergoing drastic changes. Appreciating that New York City has historically been a place of constant change, I was eager to offer something new that respected its rich past.

An unlikely success, thanks to you.
By sharing a handful of local artifacts in a public display, a modest dream began to grow into a community project. With the participation of fellow civic-minded New Yorkers, we grew this little dream into a real storefront museum. A museum that seemed to exist despite all odds. And yet, New York was just the right place for this endeavor that helped people celebrate the city they loved. Sincerity and passion outweighed cynicism and apathy as our dream grew big.

Important growth, thanks to you.
Now, after fifteen years of growing, we are daring to dream bigger still. In the past year we have introduced new staff and board members, an administrative office and workshop, and have built new ambitious programming for our upcoming year. These major developments were possible thanks to your support.

Just as when The City Reliquary began, our city and country face incredible challenges. In response, we continue to fortify our community project as a safe place for civic appreciation and diverse celebrations. But we need your help.

Our future depends on you.
To provide the optimistic and inclusive vision of what our city and country truly represent, we call for your support.

To prove in the face of adversity that we may not be more accurately represented by our leaders than by ourselves, we rely on your support.

To continue building on our past, and to sustain the bold future we’ve dreamt of, we must have your support.

With your support, we will continue to dedicate our sincerest energies to making New York City a place we can all continue to be proud to call home.

As always, we’re very grateful for your generosity and belief in our mission. If you’ve already made your gift, thank you! If not, I invite you to make your tax-deductible gift before Dec. 31. To qualify for a 2016 tax deduction, make your gift online by 11:50 pm EST on Dec. 31.

If you prefer to mail your gift, please send a check made out to “The City Reliquary” to:

The City Reliquary Museum
370 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

With faith and fortitude, I am,

Always civic,

Dave Herman