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Alice Austen House

Rosebank, Staten Island

Alice Austen's photographic darkroom at her Staten Island home
Credit: Alice Austen House

Alice Austen (1866-1952) was one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers, documenting American immigrant populations, Victorian social activities, and the natural world. Her most celebrated works depict her nontraditional lifestyle and social circle at her family home on Staten Island, which is now the Alice Austen House.

The exhibition “New Eyes on Alice Austen” reopened the museum’s permanent spaces on May 22nd, 2019. The exhibition represents a multi-year project to update the presentation of Austen’s core story. Incorporating current scholarship, the re-envisioned permanent installation comprehensively demonstrates Austen’s contributions to photographic, immigration, women’s, and LGBTQ history.

Original farmhouse built 1690s; expanded and renovated by John Austen 1844

2 Hylan Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10305

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