Collectors’ Night 2017

1940s-era chalkware figures at Collectors' Night 2016.

1940s-era chalkware figures at Collectors’ Night 2016.

Collectors’ Night 2017
New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring Street, NY, NY
Saturday, April 8 @ 5 PM
Online admission: $7/$5 Reliquary or Fire Museum members
Door admission: $10/$8 Reliquary or Fire members

The City Reliquary Museum is proud to present its annual Collectors’ Night on Saturday, April 8 at the New York City Fire Museum. Collectors’ Night celebrates of one of the quirkier cultural practices of everyday New Yorkers. Every year, artists, packrats, and other unusual archivists gather to show off their collections. Displays range from the charming and quotidian to the intriguingly morbid. Special presentations by guest speakers focus on a specific area of collecting. Previous speakers include Dr. Stanley Burns of the Burns Archive; and former NYC sanitation worker Nelson Molina, who discussed his Treasure in the Trash collection.

This year’s collections include:

  • Industrial Revolution and Mechanical Era ephemera from Museum of Interesting Things. Interactive demonstrations!
  • Archival 16mm vintage cartoons by Tommy Stathes of Cartoons on Film. Screenings throughout the night!
  • A presentation representing 100 years of paper, cardboard and self-playing ephemeral records from Michael Cumella aka Phonograph DJ MAC. Some records will be played on site!
  • Unique printed editions of Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color from Ben Sisto
  • WWII family ephemera from Harley Spiller, aka Inspector Collector
  • Mid-century desk lamps from Ronda J. Smith and Adrien Blanc
  • Found fishing lures and metal tins from Gail Mitchell
  • Antique hats & handkerchiefs from artist and activist LuLu LoLo
    …and many others!

Collectors’ Night 2017 Guest Speakers:

Schoolteacher Miriam Sicherman of the “Closet Archeology” project will discuss the early 20th-century debris found by her 4th graders under the floorboards of their 1913 NYC public school.

Mike Zohn of Obscura Antiques & Oddities will discuss his collection of original artwork from 1960s-era Mexican comic books.

And a special performance from artist and activist LuLu LoLo of the Where Are The Women Monuments project. LuLu will perform two short monologues drawn from the obituaries of Elizabeth Tashjian, founder of The Nut Museum, and Hugh Hicks, whose massive light bulb collection formed the Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting.


Tickets through Artfully, $7/$5 for City Reliquary or Fire Museum members. Become a Reliquary member todayAdmission at the door will be $10/$8 Reliquary and Fire Museum members. Buy online and save!

Check out a few pics from Collectors’ Night 2016, and see more on our Facebook!

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If These Knishes Could Talk: screening & discussion with Heather Quinlan

In These Knishes Could Talk
If These Knishes Could Talk

Screening & discussion with filmmaker Heather Quinlan
Saturday, April 1 @ 7 PM
$10/$8 Reliquary members

In conjunction with our current exhibition, Heroes of the Knish, we’re screening If These Knishes Could Talk: The Story of the New York Accent followed by a discussion with filmmaker Heather Quinlan on Saturday, April 1 at 7 PM.

Tickets available through Artfully. $10 general, $8 Reliquary members. Become a member today and save!

This film premiered at the 2013 Art of Brooklyn Film Festival. It explores why New Yorkers eat “chawclate” and drink “cawfee,” and how the accent became the vibrant soundtrack of a city. Featuring Penny Marshall, Amy Heckerling, Alan Dershowitz, and a cast of characters from Canarsie to Tottenville. It has received coverage from NPR, the New York Times, and The New Yorker.

Check out the trailer! (Warning, contains some NSFW language.)

FREE LIKE OSCAR: Resistance Through Afro-Latino Culture

WEPA Festival pic
Resistance Through Afro-Latino Culture
Thurs., March 9 @ 7 PM
$10/$8 Reliquary members

Join us for a discussion with Melinda González, co founder of BombaYo, on Latino cultural traditions rooted in the African diaspora that are particularly effective at teaching us resistance and resilience. The discussion includes reflections on the campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera. López Rivera’s sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama on January 17, 2017. 

Following Melinda’s discussion will be a community healing drum sharing by Jose L. Ortiz, aka Dr. Drum, director of BombaYo, an intergenerational Afro Puerto Rican drum and dance ensemble.

Space is limited. Reserve your seat now!

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