The Modern World

Museum Site and Directions

“Make-it New”: Modernist Visions

This audio tour introduces undergraduate students to representative artistic achievements from some of the most inventive decades of Modern art in the 20th century. On this tour, students will encounter visual evidence of the Modernist project to “Make it New”— Ezra Pound’s plea to a generation of artists and writers to reject “realistic” and academic [...]

Harlem Crossroads

This walking tour examines the history of Harlem, a center of African-American life in the 20th-century. Stops in central Harlem include apartment buildings and houses, businesses, schools, churches, and cultural and political institutions associated with this area’s artistically and historically rich African-American past. This tour centers on themes in the cultural and political history of African-Americans, while providing background [...]

Immigrant New York: A Walking Tour of the Lower East Side

The audio tour, “Discovering Immigrant New York City,” leads students through one of the nation’s most significant multi-ethnic historic neighborhoods, Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown and Little Italy. Examining the area’s streetscapes, the tour will draw students’ attention to the visible traces of previous immigrant communities while attending to the lives of recent arrivals. Students will learn [...]

Civil War Stories

This tour of Civil War artworks and artifacts in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture of the New-York Historical Society is designed to enrich the study of American writers such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman and Louisa May Alcott. Intended for students in American literature [...]