Muslim in New York:
Photographs from​ ​the Museum of the City of New York

On View ​Sep 1-Dec 10, 2017

The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery is honored to exhibit over 30 images from the collection​ ​of the Museum of the City of New York documenting Muslim New Yorkers from the ​1940s to the current decade. These photographs make visible the long history of​ ​Muslims in New York, and the diversity of cultures and experiences within the Muslim community of this city.

The exhibit includes the work of four photographers. Alexander Alland's images date to the 1940s, a time when New York’s Muslim community included Arabs, Turks, Afghans, East Indians, Albanians, Malayans, and African Americans. Photographs by Ed Grazda come from his 1990s project entitled ​​New York Masjid: The Mosques of New York City , and cover both immigrant populations and native New Yorkers, including converts to Islam, the long-standing African-American Muslim community, and a growing Latino Muslim community. Mel Rosenthal’s photographs of Arab Muslims in New York from the early 2000s were commissioned for the Museum of the City of New​ ​York’s exhibition ​​A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in New York​​ (2002)​. Robert Gerhardt's images, a recent gift to the museum’s collections, document Muslim New Yorkers in the early part of this decade. Together these photographs create a group portrait of New Yorkers who have greatly enriched the life of the city.

JCC Manhattan is committed to building an inclusive community that fosters interfaith dialogue. We believe this exhibit provides our community an opportunity to learn about our fellow New Yorkers as we work together toward a shared future in this great city.

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