New York City’s Cultural Resilience, Then and Now


The cultural sector continues its cautious reopening this fall as theaters, museums, eating places and different institutions recalibrate. Prognostications in regards to the metropolis’s wellness are ever altering — however that is hardly the primary time that New York has weathered dire pronouncements about its vitality as one of many nation’s cultural capitals. The metropolis has prevailed by means of many reinventions in a long time previous, and has constantly emerged with its inventive spirit, ingenuity and wellsprings of creativity intact.

How did the town’s cultural panorama restore itself after setbacks from the financial and civic tumult within the Seventies, the challenges of crime and crumbling infrastructure within the Eighties and the ravages of the AIDs epidemic on the inventive neighborhood within the Nineteen Nineties? What classes can the humanities leaders and creators of at present take from these efforts? The renewal of New York’s cultural panorama is cyclical, resilient and enduring — and but, what is exclusive about at present’s challenges?

In this digital occasion, Jazmine Hughes, a Metro reporter for The Times, explores these questions alongside a panel of visitors whose work was essential to the previous cycles of the town’s cultural revival. We will hear from the author, activist and historian Sarah Schulman, whose 2021 e book, “Let the Record Show,” tells the riveting story of ACT UP and AIDS activism in New York, throughout a pandemic of a special form. We will even be joined by the legendary artist, musician and multimedia creator Laurie Anderson, whose genre-defying work has for many years been part of New York’s arts world, offering a visible and aural backdrop to the story of the town. Finally, with a brand new play, opera, musical and movie, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage shares insights on being a multi-hyphenate creator in at present’s New York City.

This occasion is a part of our A City Stirs protection.