New York Stilled: A Portrait of a City in Lockdown

New York Stilled: A Portrait of a City in Lockdown

Join author Gregory J. Peterson as he remembers his personal journey to document a momentous point in time in NYC.

Mid-March 2020: native New Yorker Gregory J. Peterson is on his regular evening walk on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when the unthinkable happens. The 24-hour city shuts down to protect its citizens from a lethal novel coronavirus raging through it. New York City’s iconic public spaces usually bustling with people are now devoid of human presence. Traveling by foot and bike to avoid contagion, Peterson embarked on a personal journey to document a momentous point in time in the city where he was born and raised.

  • Explore the extraordinary, arresting beauty of the City of New York as it appeared during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020.
  • Hear how the project began with posting the photographs daily on Facebook
  • See the often-surreal images capture the beauty of New York City’s world-famous monuments and buildings during this historic moment when no one was there.

About the event

Mid-March 2020: native New Yorker Gregory J. Peterson is on his regular evening walk on the Upper West Side of Manhattan when the unthinkable happens. The 24-hour city shuts down to protect its citizens from a lethal novel coronavirus raging through it. New York City’s iconic public spaces usually bustling with people are now devoid of human presence. Traveling by foot and bike to avoid contagion, Peterson embarked on a personal journey to document a momentous point in time in the city where he was born and raised.

About Gregory J. Patterson

Gregory J. Peterson is a corporate lawyer, passionate amateur photographer, and noted art collector. A native, life-long New Yorker, he is a graduate of the High School of Music and Art (now the LaGuardia High of Music and the Performing Arts), where he studied oil painting and other media, and of Columbia College, and Columbia Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree. Peterson sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations promoting the arts, equality, and public wellbeing. He has provided pro bono legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and conceived of and executed many charitable events. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a filmmaker and television producer. New York: Stilled Life is his effort to document and share a momentous period in New York history with New Yorkers and the world.

About Barry Bergdoll

Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and former Chief Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A specialist in the history of modern architecture, he curated numerous exhibitions at MoMA, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Musée d’Orsay, and other venues, including “Mies in Berlin” (2001), “Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity” (2009–2010), “Latin America in Construction: Architecture” 1955–1980 (2015), and “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” (2017). He is the author most recently of Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions (2017), and many other publications including Mastering McKim’s Plan: Columbia’s First Century on Morningside Heights (1997).

 

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