Nowhere in the United States was the spring quarantine more dramatic and transformative than in New York City. The legendary bustling activity of the city was silenced. The historic moment impacted millions in the city. At the height of the NYC pandemic, two artists--poet Kevin Powell and photographer Kay Hickman--spent two days driving across all five boroughs, capturing the stories of tragedy, hope, and resilience. The captivating results of their creative journey are on display in this (ticketed-but-free) outdoor exhibition.

This is our record of hope, wanted, for New York, for our world
- Kevin Powell

What You Will See

The exhibition is comprised of over fifty photographs taken by Kay Hickman on her journey across New York City in early April. Kevin Powell recorded interviews with several of the subjects of the photographs, which are available to visitors through cell-phone audio. The photographs capture not only city landmarks, like Times Square and the Apollo theater, eerily devoid of crowds, but also the masked faces of residents struggling to find hope during the darkest days of the quarantine.

Why You Should Go

For weeks, this was the only major museum exhibition open in a city renowned for its cultural landmarks. But even as museums slowly reopen to limited crowds, this unique exhibit should still be the first you visit. The response of a historical society responding to a historic moment in real-time is impressive and thought-provoking. And while you can expect many commentaries and exhibits looking back at this unprecedented moment in history, "Hope Wanted" was one of the first. It feels raw, timely, and unforgettable.

Timed tickets are free, but registration is required.

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