Event Title

Community and Artistic Movements: Tenement Houses in New York City's Lower East Side

Presenter Information

Margaret Bower, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 123

Start Date

30-4-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

In this presentation I will explore the history of New York Citys Lower East Side residents, living in tenement houses in the nineteenth century, and the cultures and artistic movements stemming from their experiences. Some of the questions I seek to answer include: what cultures were created in these nineteenth century tenement houses? Why were tenements typically Jewish and what effect did that perspective have on the emergent culture? In what ways did tenement culture produce or inspire artistic movements in this period? What were these artistic movements responding too? How was the larger American culture at work in these spaces and how were both tenement culture and mainstream American culture responding to one another?

Faculty Sponsor

Laura Saltz

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. American Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1110

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Apr 30th, 1:00 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

Community and Artistic Movements: Tenement Houses in New York City's Lower East Side

Diamond 123

In this presentation I will explore the history of New York Citys Lower East Side residents, living in tenement houses in the nineteenth century, and the cultures and artistic movements stemming from their experiences. Some of the questions I seek to answer include: what cultures were created in these nineteenth century tenement houses? Why were tenements typically Jewish and what effect did that perspective have on the emergent culture? In what ways did tenement culture produce or inspire artistic movements in this period? What were these artistic movements responding too? How was the larger American culture at work in these spaces and how were both tenement culture and mainstream American culture responding to one another?

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/210