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Morris-Jumel Mansion Exhibition: Rose Deler’s ‘History Now’

January 14

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An event every 4 weeks that begins at 12:00 am on Friday, repeating until April 3, 2022

Through April 3, 2022, Morris-Jumel Mansion’s new exhibition, History Now, by Washington Heights artist Rose Deler, features a selection of large-format, black and white film portraits depicting the residents and architecture of one of New York’s most historic – and unexplored – neighborhoods, the Jumel Historic District in Washington Heights.

History Now features twenty photographs, fifteen contemporary digitally-printed portraits taken using 4” x 5” and Roliflex medium format film cameras and select photographs from a family photo album dating from 1901 of the Ettlinger Family, who lived on 162nd Street. In executing this project, Deler was inspired by the neighborhood’s rich history as a residential area and she began reflecting on the numerous families who have lived here since the Ettlinger’s time. Deler states: “History Now is my preservationist effort. In one hundred years, we will be the faces of our neighborhood’s past.” The artist hopes that the images will resonate with New Yorkers and represent the timelessness of the city and its neighborhoods.

This exhibition will be on view from January 14 to April 3, 2022 during the museum’s public hours, Friday to Sunday from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The museum will host a virtual artist talk as a part of the museum’s Virtual Parlor Chat program series on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 7:00 PM and a community open house on Saturday, March 12, 2022, from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, with free community art workshop from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, followed by a meet-and-greet with the artist from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. For tickets and information, visit www.morrisjumel.org/current-exhibition


This exhibition is presented as a part of Surroundings: A Pop-Up Exhibition Series featuring the work of local artists who each reside within the former boundaries of the Morris and Jumel family estates. This exhibition series will further Morris-Jumel’s exploration of the connections between the past and the present as these artists reflect upon the museum’s mission and local communities. This series features three exhibitions of the work of Felipe Galindo Feggo (Portraits of My Community, on view October 7, 2021 – January 2, 2022), Rose Deler (History Now, on view January 14 – April 3, 2022), and Andrea Arroyo (Solidarity: Images for Social Justice, on view April 14 – June 5, 2022).

About the Artist

Rose Deler has an MFA in Studio Arts from the City College of New York. Her work has been exhibited at The Pen and Brush Gallery, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Gallery in Woodstock, NY, Taller Boricua Gallery, Portal: Governors Island Art Fair, Hewitt Gallery, Cohen Gallery at GoggleWorks Center for the Art in Pennsylvania, The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, Compton Goethals Art Gallery, The International Print Center, Los Angeles Convention Center, Rio II Gallery, Cohen Library Archives Gallery, Aaron Davis Gallery, Indian Road Café/Gallery, Maggi Peyton Gallery, the Vermont Studio Center and Truro Center for the Arts in Massachusetts.  Her work is in the permanent collection of Georgetown Peabody Library in Massachusetts. Deler is an adjunct faculty at City College New York and teaches intro to ceramics design. She is a member of the New York Society of Women Artists. In 2017, she won the Provost’s Prize in Art, Holly T Popper Award and Merit Connor Tuition Scholarship from 2015 -17.

About Morris-Jumel Mansion

As Manhattan’s oldest surviving residence, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, built in 1765, preserves, collects, and interprets history, culture, and the arts to explore inclusive narratives that engage and inspire diverse audiences. As one of the nation’s foremost historic house museums, the organization empowers audiences to create relevant contemporary connections to the histories of the Mansion, its collections, the land, and its people, past and present. The museum is open to the public and welcomes visitors for site tours, programs, and community events throughout  the year. More information can be found at www.morrisjumel.org

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with City Council and Borough President, Gale Brewer, and Councilman, Ydanis Rodriguez. Programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Support is also provided by The New York Community Trust, City Parks Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities, and Humanities New York. Images of the Ettlinger Family are courtesy of Wes Burton and descendants of the Ettlinger Family.


Shiloh Holley / Executive Director / Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum / 65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032

(212) 923-8008 / sholley@morrisjumel.org

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