Curated by poet and journalist Kevin Powell and photographer Kay Hickman, Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine features more than 50 photographs taken by Hickman along with 14 audio interviews with the photographs’ subjects conducted by Powell during the team’s intensive two-day odyssey across the city on April 8–9, 2020; the audio will be accessible to visitors through their cell phones. Hickman’s empathetic photographs of people and their neighborhoods in all five boroughs and Powell’s searching interviews of New Yorkers impacted by the crisis capture both tragedy and remarkable resilience at a moment in time during the pandemic. The exhibition text and audio will be offered in both English and Spanish.
Hope Wanted will take place outdoors in New-York Historical’s rear courtyard (located at West 76th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue), providing an open-air environment for visitors to view the exhibition and contemplate the impact of COVID-19 on New York City. Admission is free; access will be limited and face coverings will be required for entry, with social distancing enforced through timed-entry tickets and on-site safety measures.
The exhibition also includes a quiet seating area, surrounded by plantings and conducive to reflection, where visitors can record their own experiences of the pandemic in an open-sided story booth. These oral histories will be archived by New-York Historical.
Is there an admission charge?
The exhibition is free, with major support provided by the Ford Foundation.
How do I get tickets?
We strongly recommend booking your timed-entry ticket online in advance (details to be announced). Capacity is limited to facilitate social distancing.
I am a Member. Do I need a ticket?
Yes. Since capacity is limited, we strongly recommend that Members book their tickets in advance. Thank you for your support, and for helping us to create a safe exhibition space.
What are the safety protocols?
Face coverings are required for employees and all visitors older than age 2 and are available—without charge—to anyone requesting them. Social distancing is required and will be enforced, and there is a one-way path through the exhibition. Cleaning protocols are also in place.
What if I'm unable to wear a face mask?
There is a limited number of face shields available for those who are medically unable to wear masks.
Is the exhibition accessible?
Yes, the space is ADA compliant.
Will restrooms be available?
Yes, the courtyard has portable restrooms.
What happens if a visitor refuses to wear a face covering or comply with safety guidelines?
We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who declines to wear a face covering or comply with guidelines.
Will the exhibition stay open if it rains?
Yes, Hope Wanted is open rain or shine!
Major support for this exhibition provided by the Ford Foundation.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.