Smithsonian presents original New York stamp art exhibition
An exhibition of postage stamp artwork celebrating the cultural heritage of New York is set to open at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.
The original artworks by a variety of artists were used to create stamps featuring the city's most famous residents, landmarks and events.
The 30 works will be publically displayed for the first time, and come directly from the Postmaster General’s Collection, which features more than 5,000 pieces of art commissioned by the U.S. Postmasters General over the past 70 years.
The collection, which is owned by the U.S Postal Service and is currently on long-term loan to the National Postal Museum, also contains concept sketches and designs which were submitted but never chosen.
“Visitors will have the chance to see original artwork revealing the energy, history and impact of one of the world’s most beloved cities,” said Allen Kane, museum director. “By seeing New York City through some of its most recognizable facets—including its famous icons—visitors will reflect on their own connections to the city and appreciate the way postage stamps help share and celebrate our nation’s history, heritage and heroes.”
The artworks will be exhibited in six thematic categories, each of which represents a different facet of life in the Big Apple: Baseball, Broadway, City Life, Icons, Politics and Music.
One work from each of these categories will also be exhibited at the World Stamp Show–NY 2016, which takes place at the Javits Center in New York City on May 28–June 4.
"This exhibition captures the diversity of New York City and its significant contributions to America’s cultural heritage,” said Calvin Mitchell, exhibition curator. “New York City serves as a beacon of the American way.”
'New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art' opens at the National Postal Museum on December 10, and until March 13, 2017.
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