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Danish Modernity to be presented in NY on November 16, 2015. (Photos courtesy of Museum of the City of New York and American-Scandinavian Foundation)
Danish Modernity to be presented in NY on November 16, 2015. (Photos courtesy of Museum of the City of New York and American-Scandinavian Foundation)

Danish Modernity: Jacob Riis and Vilhelm Hammershøi in 1900 at The Museum of the City of New York on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015


October 28, 2015

On Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St., and the American-Scandinavian Foundation present an exploration of the work of Jacob A. Riis and Vilhelm Hammershøi, Danes of the same generation who took up the challenge of understanding modernity in radically different ways.

Riis left Denmark for America to become the nation’s leading advocate for the urban poor.  He was a media-savvy journalist who used words and pictures to make a compelling case for reform. Hammershøi, by contrast, was a Copenhagen-based aesthete whose mysterious paintings of bourgeois domestic interiors suggested the psychological experience of modern life.

Join two art historians and experts on Riis and Hammershøi, Bonnie Yochelson and Thor Mednick, for an exploration of their work. After their presentations, Ambassador Anne Dorte Riggelsen will lead a conversation about Riis and Hammershoi’s contrasting lives and perspectives.

The program will synthesize themes and explore contrasts in two new and acclaimed exhibitions from the City Museum and the Scandinavia House, respectively: Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York’s Other Half and Painting Tranquility: Masterworks of Vilhelm Hammershøi.

Free for Museum, ASF & AFSMK members; $12 for students/seniors; $16 general public.

About the Museum of the City of New York: Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Visit http://www.mcny.org to learn more.

About the American-Scandinavian Foundation: The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes firsthand intellectual and creative exchange between the United States and the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. A publicly supported American nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, ASF has an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/ trainee sponsorship, publishing, and cultural activities. Headquartered in New York City at Scandinavia House, ASF has members throughout the United States, and alumni and donors worldwide. Visit http://www.amscan.org.

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