Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions


  • Jokers

    Impractical Jokers: Homecoming

    July 13, 2018 - March 24, 2019

    This exhibition has been made possible, in part, through support from Lead Exhibition: Sponsor truTV, Partner Sponsor: North South Productions, and Contributing Sponsors: Office of the Staten Island Borough President Island Auto Group, and the SL Green Family Foundation.

    Explore the story of four longtime friends from Staten Island whose hidden-camera, comedic television show, Impractical Jokers, has become a pop culture phenomenon. Steeped in embarrassment and awkward situations that make us laugh and cringe, the humor is built upon a foundation of trust and camaraderie amongst the four guys, James “Murr” Murray, Sal Vulcano, Brian “Q” Quinn, and Joe Gatto.

    Location: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Building A, 1000 Richmond Terrace, SINY 10301


  • Infinite Compassion

    Infinite Compassion: Avalokiteshvara in Asian Art

    October 2016 - June 10, 2018

    This exhibit has been made possible, in part, through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

    A collaboration with Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Infinite Compassion introduces visitors to Buddhist art, culture and belief across Asia. 

    After the Buddha, Avalokiteshvara, is the most ubiquitous deity in Mahayana Buddhism. This revered Bodhisattva promotes compassion. A Bodhisattva is an individual who, upon achieving enlightenment, renounces his/her own Nirvana (extinction) in order to help others achieve enlightenment. The exhibit will interpret this aspect of Buddhist art with 46 sculptures, ritual objects, paintings (thangkas) and photographs from India, Tibet, China, Nepal and Japan, as well as contemporary Asian art.

    Guest Curator and scholar Patricia Karetzky, (O. Munsterberg Chair of Asian Art, Bard College), developed the exhibition content in collaboration with the two museums. Additional works will be on loan from the Rubin Museum of Art; the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College and private collectors.

    Location: Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor, Building A, 1000 Richmond Terrace, SINY 10301


  • Hall of Natural Science

    The museum presents our own cabinet of curiosities and collected wonders of nature, including selections of our best: stuffed birds, eggs, mammals, shells, fossils, plant specimens, amphibians and more things in jars!

    Featuring: Fluorescent Mineral Room

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  • Lenape: The First Staten Islanders

    Lenape: The First Staten Islanders

    A classic favorite returned to the Museum! Come and see artifacts from the Museum's renowned Lenape Collection with pieces that date back to the Paleo-Indians of more than 10,000 years ago.

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  • Wall of Insects

    Wall of Insects

    Fascinating butterflies, cicadas, and beetles from the permanent collection burst with colors and different shapes.

    Sponsored by Time Warner Cable

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  • Staten Island Ferry:
    The First 100 Years of Municipal Service

    Coinciding with the Ferry's Centennial Anniversary in 2005, the Staten Island Museum opened a new permanent exhibition celebrating one of NYCs best-loved icons, the Staten Island Ferry.

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  • Of Human Feelings

    Of Human Feelings: Portraits by Warren Lyons

    February 18 - June 18, 2017

    A powerful series of monumental paintings of figures from American history and the arts, including Billie Holiday, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth, Paul Robeson, and others. Lyons builds the image entirely with his fingers. His vigorous treatment of these haunting faces is combined with personal symbolism.

    A Staten Island resident since the 1980s, Warren Lyons has had a parallel career as a psychiatric social worker. He approaches each portrait as a learning experience, doing deep research into his subjects’ lives and character creating an inner, as well as outer likeness.

    This exhibition has been supported, in part, through funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council for the Arts.

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  • Gloria Cordes Elliott - Home Games

    A sports history exhibition in collaboration with the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame

    April 30, 2016 - February 5, 2017
    Free with Museum Admission

    The exhibition draws from the Hall’s extensive collection of sports objects, documents, and memorabilia, and will trace the evolution of American sports from those organic beginnings, when the New York Metropolitans played “big league” baseball on a cricket ground adjacent to the St. George ferry terminal, and the hometown Stapes were part of the National Football League, to the corporate model of today, as seen from the unique perspective of Staten Island, just a ferryboat ride from the center of American finance and culture.

    Location: Staten Island Museum in St. George, 75 Stuyvesant Place SI, NY 10301

    This exhibition has been made possible, in part, through support from NYC Departement of Cultural Affairs and the Richmond County Savings Foundation.

  • Ruffed

    Ruffed | Drawings by Patrizia Vignola

    July 28, 2016 - September 23, 2016

    Vignolia’s child portraits use adornment of the ruff to comment on social status. These ornate collars were worn by affluent people in Western Europe from the mid-16 th to the mid-17 th century. Vignola’s beautifully rendered portraits elevate all children to a new inclusive Golden Age.

    Location: Staten Island Museum History Center, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building H, SI, NY 10301
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

    This exhibit is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by the Staten Island Arts.

  • Photograph by Michael Falco

    The Civil War Pinhole Project - Photographs by Michael Falco

    April 25, 2015 - April 15, 2016

    Falco’s commitment to American stories and passion for Civil War history led him on a four-year battlefield to battlefield journey along the anniversary tracks of the American Civil War- 150 years later. The project, which began in 2011, has been recognized by the Library of Congress and accepted into the National Archive.

    Read about the exhibit in the Staten Island Advance.

    Location: Staten Island Museum in St. George, 75 Stuyvesant Place SI, NY 10301

  • Porcelain from the Alfred and Edith Collection

    Kaleidoscopic Porcelain: From the Edith & Alfred Susskind Porcelain Collection
    January 25, 2015 - April 15, 2016

    Porcelain plates from Europe and Asia, collected by the indomitable Edith Susskind. The vivid symmetrical patterns complement the Betty Bressi Exhibition.

    Location: Staten Island Museum in St. George, 75 Stuyvesant Place SI, NY 10301

  • Mokawks_Geggs_by Melissa Cacciola

    Skywalkers: The Legacy of the Mohawk Ironworker at the World Trade Center | Contemporary Tintypes by Melissa Cacciola

    November 21, 2015 - February 22, 2016

    A collection of contemporary tintype portraits of Mohawk Ironworkers who volunteered in the rescue efforts after 9/11 and were an integral part of the construction of One World Trade, Towers 2, 3, and 4 and the Calatrava Transportation Hub.

    Read about the exhibit in the Staten Island Advance.

    Location: Staten Island Museum History Center, Building H, Snug Harbor Campus, 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301

  • View from Richmond Road, Isaac Almstaedt

    Staten Island Scenery:
    Views before 1900

    August 10, 2013 - November 1, 2015

    Photographs and prints from the Museum's History Archive. Curated by Barnett Shepherd in conjunction with his new book Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs, 1867-1900.

    Location: Staten Island Museum History Center, Building H, Snug Harbor Campus, 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301

  • Multi-colored dots and letters. Betty Bressi

    Betty Bressi: A Retrospective Exhibition
    January 25 - April 8, 2015

    This retrospecitve exhibition will look back at the creative artist's career, from early works made in a Japanese resettlement camp during World War II, to abstract pattern paintings, typewriter conceptual art, poetry projects, and her last paper weaving and book works. Curator Robert Bunkin will also curate "Affinities," a selection from our Museum Collection related to Ms. Bressi's work.
    View the Exhibit Brochure here.

    Location: Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place

  • Cicada from the WTD Collection

    They're Baaack! Return of the 17-year Cicadas

    February 15, 2013 - January 2015

    See numerous cicada specimens from the Museum’s extensive collection, sculpture inspired by the Cicada, new work by syndicated cartoonist Taylor Jones, a timeline of past emergences linked to historic events, a time-lapse video of emerging cicadas, a hands on video microscope, a Google map showing where cicadas are emerging, big-bug sci-fi fun, unusual Cicada ephemera and facts from around the globe, activities for kids and more.

    Location: Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place

    Read all about it in AWE Magazine, check out family day picture in Time Out NY Kids, and view a clip on NY1.

    CICADA Citizen Science Projects: Please visit our blog site for more information about helping gather data about the Cicada Brood II emergance,  Visit blog site.

    2013 Cicada Movie Festival  Friday, October 11,7pm - 9pm
    Calling all filmmakers!!!  The museum is hosting a cicada movie festival in conjunction with the exhibit.  The movie categories are Cicada Monster Movie Homage, Cicada Drama or Comedy, and Cicada Documentary.

    For even more Cicada information, check out these and

    The Wall Street Journal has an article, "Q&A: What City Dwellers Need to Know About Cicadas".

    Check out some Cicada Poems for your pocket! 


    Supported in part by:

    Capital One Bank, Deutsche Bank, Time Warner Cable and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.


  • Gay Pride Parade - NYC - Michael Hanulak

    New York GRIT - Michael Hanulak

    November 10, 2012 - August 1, 2013

    The black and white photographs of Michael Hanulak (1937 - 2011) capture New York City in the 1970s - both gritty and lavish. Ferry riders, pride paraders, lovers, and urban drug culture. Essay and commentary by Michael Fressola.  

    Location: Staten Island History Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor Campus, Building H

  • Bottoms Up: Drinking Vessels 

    June 28 2012 - February, 2013

    From sippy cups to an ancient skyphos and porcelain tea cups to dried gourds, drinking vessels in a myriad of shapes and materials all from the Museum's permanent collection. 

    Location: Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, SI, NY 10301


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      Colman Rutkin: A Visual Journey
      Paintings by Fred Sklenar

      October 14 - January 21, 2013

      Rutkin's paintings, drawings and prints are intimte journeys through nature, memory and myth. They explore an interior world of poetry and philoshopy through forms rendered in rich and subtle tones.

      Location: Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place

      Affinities Colman Rutkin has chosen fascinating specimens from the Museum's Art & Natural Science collections, including a Durer engraving, ancient Greek pottery, a black fossilized starfish, and a ribbed cockle shell.

      Opening Reception: Sunday, October 14, 2012 $3/Free for Museum Members.

      Download the Colman Rutkin catalog.

      Read Michael Fressola's review of this show on


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        Staten Island, Remember When?
        Paintings by Fred Sklenar

        January 21 - October 21, 2012

        Step back in time with Staten Island scenes by watercolor artist Fred Sklenar.

        Location: Staten Island History Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Snug Harbor, Building H.


        • Juried Art Exhibition 2012

          June 28 - September 23, 2012
          Opening reception, Thursday, June 28, 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

          ($5/Free for Museum Members)

          Tri-state artists are invited to present a wide spectrum of media and expression. 

          Location: Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place

          We are proud to annouce the artists chosen to be a part of this year's Juried Art Show! 

          Please join us to celebrate these talented artists at the opening on June 28, 2012. Congratulations to all! 
          Spread the word via Facebook invite here

          Heidi Alamanda, Mahtab Aslani, Irma Bohorquez-Geisler, Nancy Bonior, Arlette Cepeda, Sue Collier, Everet, Laura Fantini, Beth Galton, Leo Garcia, Tony Geiger, Aimee Hertog, Holland Houdek, Vladimir Kezerashvili, Jamie M. Lee, Jeongeun Lee, Jean Marcellino, Sean Martin, Diane Miller, Pamela Montalbano, Rudolph Montanez, Randall W.L. Mooers, Denise Mumm, Bill Murphy, Rebecca Mushtare, Maureen O’Leary, Janice Patrignani, Andrea Phillips, Florence Poulain, Daniel Rosenbaum, Howard Springer, Audrey Stone, Nina Talbot, Shira Toren, Regina Walker, Sarah Yuster, Chizuco Sophia Yw and Michael Zelehoski. 

          The 2012 Juried Art Winners Are:

          1st Place
          Michael Zelehoski
          assemblage with found wood and deconstructed chairs, 2010
          24” x 37”

          2nd Place
          Broken Dish & Light Pole
          Mahtab Aslani
          oil on panel, 2011
          8” x 8”

          3rd Place
          Ground Plume
          Daniel Rosenbaum
          paper, pencil, ink, paper mache and
          styrofoam on stretched canvas, 2011
          41.5” x 37” x 11”


          Bartholomew Bland, Director of Curatorial Affairs
          Hudson River Museum

          Rachel Lawe, Director
          International Collage Center

          Download the prospectus here


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          Two Brown Onions
          Randall W.L. Mooers
          Oil on panel, 2009

          This exhibit has been funded in part by: 

          NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
          Bobby and Allan Weissglass
          Staten Island Advance


        • Gesture: In Paint and Software

          Constructions of Conscience: The Social Art of Susan Grabel

          January 29, 2012 – May 29, 2012

          At the Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place.

          A retrospective exhibition surveying 40 years of the artist's sculpture and prints. Grabel's serial works deal with the human dimensions of social, cultural and political issues, such as homelessness, alienation and the image of the aging woman's body. Her art is an attempt to face things that we encounter daily but often refuse to acknowledge.



        •  Gesture: In Paint and Software

          Gesture: In Paint and Software

          July 7, 2011 – January 8, 2011

          Helen Levin & Golan Levin, an intergenerational art exhibition

          This exhibition captured the colorful compositions in paint by abstract artist Helen Levin, and real-time computer applications created by her son, Golan Levin. The energized paintings, coupled with interactive software, provided a unique art experience.

          Two of Helen Levin's paintings, Mindscape R and Arch-Homage VII, are in the Museum's Permanent Collection

          Top: "Meshy" by Golan Levin  Bottom: “Reminiscences” (66 “ x 50", acrylic on canvas, 2006) by Helen Levin


          Gallery Talk with Helen Levin and Golan Levin

          Interview with Helen Levin in the Exhibitions Gallery



        • Portraits of Leadership

          Portraits of Leadership: African American Entrepreneurs of Staten Island

          February 12, 2011 – November 1, 2011

          At the Staten Island Museum’s History Center, Snug Harbor Campus, Building H, 1000 Richmond Terrace, SI, NY 10301

          An exhibit of video and audio interviews with photographic portraits featuring local black community members who remember, dream, and share their stories. Curated by Jeannine Otis with photographer Willie Chu, guest historian Cynthia Copeland, and folklorist Chris Mulé. To view the program from this exhibit, click here.

          Visit our SIMuseum youtube page to view the Portraits of Leadership videos. 

          This exhibit and its programming were made possible with support from:

          Sponsors of Portraits in Leadership
        • Andrea Phillips

          Andrea Phillips: Pieces of Spirit

          February 3, 2011 - June 5, 2011

          Phillips' vibrant collage art works intertwine spirit, humanity, and creativity. Themes in this exhibit included: Battles, Beauty, and Transcendence. Phillips, a master of simplicity, is inspired by fabric, Persian miniatures, and the urban New York Community in which she lives. Curated by Diane Matyas.

        • Message in a Bottle

          Message in a Bottle

          Unknown Dates

          Message in a Bottle - Local history via glass bottles.

          Tina Kaasman-Dunn has curated this display of over 150 found bottles, from the museum archives and her private collection. Collectors' tips included.

        • Beauty Rediscovered

          Beauty Rediscovered: the Wigands

          January 24, 2010 - January 17, 2011

          Beauty Rediscovered: Paintings by Adeline Albright Wigand & Otto Charles Wigand

          This exhibition will bring to light the rediscovery of two late 19th – early 20th century New York artists who represent a neglected strain of American painting. The Wigands studied with important artists of the period in New York and Paris, and brought the fruits of their classical training and education to Staten Island where they lived and worked from 1916 until their deaths in 1944.

          The exhibition contains nearly 50 works, including 4 from the Staten Island Museum’s permanent collection. The remaining pieces are made available courtesy of private collectors, many of which are Wigand family members. “James Wigand, the artist’s great nephew, has been especially helpful in making the exhibit possible” says Diane Matyas, Program Director. “He is an avid art collector, and worked with Mr. Bland over the past several years to help research and gather works from owners throughout the U.S.”

          Through James Wigand’s support the Museum will be publishing a book Color and Light by noted art historian Kristen M. Jensen with an introduction by Bartholomew F. Bland.

          "Both Otto and Adeline lived on Staten Island for much of their lives, and were actively involved in the Art Section of the Staten Island Institute. While adherence to their strict salon training meant that their work grew unfashionable over time, it is now being re-evaluated on its own merits. Elegance, grace, and technical assurance are hallmarks of the work of both artists, and their training represented many of he highest ideals of art in the nineteenth century carried over into the twentieth". - Bartholomew F. Bland

          To view the program from this exhibit, click here.

        • Juried Art Exhibition

          Juried Art Exhibition

          Unknown - May 31, 2009

          Artists living or working on Staten Island were called to submit original works of art completed within the last 5 years.  In late-January, a jury of art professionals were called upon to select 28 pieces for exhibition from over 400 submissions.

          Juried Art Exhibition featured the works of:

          Serena Agnellini, Allan Avidano, Stephen Barnett, Florence Barry, Milton Black, Betty Bressi, Robert Bunkin, Patrick Deciccio, Antonio De Santis, Sue Ehrlich, Leo Garcia, Bill Higgins, Jenna Lucente, William E. Lyons, James McCormack, Ann Marie McDonnell, Bill Murphy, Jeannette Murray, Stephen Parker, Janice Patrignani, Andrea Phillips, Sage Reynolds, Colman Rutkin, Justina Sais, Robert Sievert, Howard Springer, David Taft, Michi Yamaguchi

        • Seeing Green

          Seeing Green – a petite exhibit

          October 10, 2008 - February 8, 2009

          A “petite” exhibit by Staten Island based artists. Seeing Green is an installation of original 3-D and 2-D works of art representing the artist’s community response to the themes of organic forms, nature, green energy, green living, recycling, conservation, and environmental concerns.  

          “We asked artists to submit works – to start an impulsive visual art “eco-discussion” a subject embraced by many local creators. The tiny 5” x 5” size limit challenge will add to the green theme presented in the Making Things Go (bicycle) exhibit this summer, and now with leaf storm,” explains Ms. Matyas.

          The result is an eclectic installation of playful shapes, unusual landscapes, and conceptual statements.

          Artists included:

          Tina Bliss, , Betty Bressi, Mary Campbell, Richard Capuozzo, Anita Cimino, Fran D’atria Romano, Antonio De Santis, Sue Ehrlich, Loren Ellis, Elle Finn, Winsome B. Jacobs, Ann Marie McDonnell, Tim Moran, Chris Spollen, Ensze Tan, Michi Yamaguchi, Kira Yustak, Barb Zwar, John Zwaryczuk<

        • Growing a Collection

          Growing a Collection: Recent Art Acquisitions

          Unknown, 2010 - June 4, 2010

          Growing a Collection: Recent Art Acquisitions, featured selected works of art that have come into the permanent collection since 2004. Approximately 45 objects will be put on display; these include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, fine art photography and decorative arts, from antiques to contemporary works. The exhibition will describe for museum-goers the various means by which a museum builds its collections, and will celebrate the artists and donors who make the process possible, many of whom are members of the local Staten Island community.

        • CONTACT:1609


          June 18, 2009 - January 10, 2010

          Timed to complement the international celebrations of the quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's year of entry to New York Harbor (September 11, 1609) CONTACT:1609 presents the work of seven contemporary artists as they interpret this early encounter between the Native American peoples and the Europeans. Starting with that fateful encounter the clock started ticking for the Lenape culture, and began an era known by archeologists as the “Contact Period.”
          Participating artists include:

          Bedel Tiscareno (Painter/Sculptor), Gabri Christa (Film Director, Dancer and Choreographer), Nadema Agard (Director of Red Earth Studio Consulting / Productions), Linda Blanchette (Pyrographic Artisan, Ebon Arts), Kristi Pfister (Painter, Muralist and Mosaic Artist), Yvonne Simons (Painter, Executive Director at The Anne Frank Center, USA) and Courtney M. Leonard (Artist/Potter).<

        • Making Things Go!

          Making Things Go!: Bikes & Human Powered Vehicles

          April 18 2008 - September, 2008

          Featuring the works of Chris & Tom Spollen and John Spetz. Imagine pedaling 60 mph! Creative minds are tinkering and inventing eco-friiendly 100% human powered vehicles in local basements. Learn how and why they do it, and view their remarkable vehicles and related designs.

          Sponsored by the Staten Island Bicycling Association with additional support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

        • Spanish Camp: 1929 - Today

          Spanish Camp: 1929 - Today

          October 12, 2007 - March 30, 2008

          The story of a unique summer bungalow community as it flourished and finally met its end. Oral history, vintage photos, and a poignant photo essay by Michael Falco.

          Part of the Target Free Friday MuseumNite Series

        • Leaf Storm: Joy Nagy

          Leaf Storm: Joy Nagy

          October 10, 2008 - February 8, 2009

          Artist Joy Nagy will tell you it can happen anytime, if you are open to the beauty and drama that abounds along the roadside. 

          Since she started to create burdock portraits and studies, Nagy's understanding and reasons for making art about the plant has grown into larger ideas and comparisons of micro and macro forms.

          Nagy has created burdock pieces using countless mediums and processes, including; graphite, gouache, silver point, collegraph prints, (real) leaf installations, silver plated leaves, and cubes made with the notorious sock-loving burrs.