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Letters to Afar


Presented by YIVO and the Museum of the City of New York

Installation by Péter Forgács and The Klezmatics
Commissioned by POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
On view October 22, 2014 - March 31, 2015
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029

For hours of operation and tickets to the exhibition, visit here or call 212-534-1672.

Free Sunday Tours of Letters to Afar at the Museum of the City of New York
Join us on Sundays for guided tours of the exhibition, free with Museum admission. The tours will take place every Sunday at noon and 1:00pm, for the duration of the exhibition. Space is limited and is first-come first-served.

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Letters to Afar is an immersive video art installation based on home movies taken by New York City’s Jewish immigrants, who traveled back to visit Poland during the 1920s and 30s. Presenting poignant family reunions and everyday life in small towns, Letters transports the viewer to a world and culture on the brink.

Letters was created by award-winning Hungarian media artist Péter Forgács, based on a collection of home movies housed in YIVO’s archives, with an original score by The Klezmatics. It was commissioned by the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and the YIVO Institute and made possible with the generous support of the Kronhill Pletka Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the Seedlings Foundation, Mr. Sigmund Rolat, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Press Coverage of Letters to Afar

The New York Times
The Jewish Week (October 23, 2014)
The Jewish Week (October 28, 2014)
The Daily Beast
New York Post
The Times of Israel
Tablet Magazine

View our photo album of the opening reception.


While Letters is on view, YIVO and the Museum of the City of New York will co-present public and educational programs that explore themes raised by the exhibition.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 12 | 7:00pm
Live from the Gallery: The Klezmatics Play Letters to Afar
Musical Performance

Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, NYC
Admission: General $35 | Seniors and students $30 | YIVO and MCNY Members $25
Box Office: mcny.org | 212-534-1672


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21 | 6:30pm
Behind the Lens: New York Jews between the Wars
Panel

Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, NYC
Admission: General $16 | Seniors and students $12 | FREE for YIVO and MCNY Members
Box Office: mcny.org | 212-534-1672


TUESDAY, MARCH 10 | 6:30pm
Personal History: Searching for the Past in Home Movies
Panel

Location: YIVO Institute, 15 West 16th Street, NYC
Admission: General $12 | YIVO and MCNY Members $8
Box Office: smarttix.com | 212-868-4444


MONDAY, MARCH 30 | 6:30pm
Poland TODAY | The New York—Warsaw—Krakow Connection
Panel

Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, NYC
Admission: General $16 | Seniors and students $12 | FREE for MCNY members and JDC Ambassadors & Board members
Box Office: mcny.org | 212-534-1672



This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.