DPI Prof. Kalia Brooks Curates Exhibition at Gracie Mansion

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017

photo of some decorative ornaments

Photo courtesy of Kalia Brooks and the City of New York

DPI Adjunct Professor Kalia Brooks, PhD. curated the exhibition New York, 1942 which is now on view at Gracie Mansion, the offcial residence of Mayor De Blasio.

The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Mayor Fieorello LaGuardia's move into the residence-- the first mayor to call Gracie Mansion home. Although the building dates back to 1799, it has served a variety of purposes over the years including a private residence and a city museum.

Dr. Brooks selected a wide range of artifacts to represent LaGuardia's New York including historical photographs, sports memorobilia, a period-accurate radio and TV set, and a papier-mache statue of Mayor LaGuardia. Many institutions across all of NYC's five boroughs loaned objects for the exhibition.

The exhibition can be viewed during weekly public tours of Gracie Mansion, as well as at an open house on Sunday, March 5. 

Dr. Brooks is the consulting curator for the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, and also helmed 2015's Windows on the City show.