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Collectors’ Night 2017

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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The City Reliquary Presents:
Collectors’ Night 2017
New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring Street, NY, NY
Saturday, April 8 @ 5 PM
Online: $7/$5 Reliquary or Fire Museum members
Door: $10/$8 Reliquary or Fire Museum members

The City Reliquary Museum is proud to present its annual Collectors’ Night on Saturday, April 8 at the New York City Fire Museum. Collectors’ Night celebrates one of the quirkier cultural practices of everyday New Yorkers. Every year, artists, packrats, and other unusual archivists gather to show off their collections. Displays range from the charming and quotidian to the intriguingly morbid. Special presentations by guest speakers focus on a specific area of collecting.

Collectors’ Night 2017 Guest Speakers:

Schoolteacher Miriam Sicherman of the “Closet Archeology” project will discuss the early 20th-century debris found by her 4th graders under the floorboards of their 1913 NYC public school. See coverage from the New York Times.

Mike Zohn of Obscura Antiques & Oddities will discuss his collection of original artwork from 1960s-era Mexican comic books.

And a special performance from artist and activist LuLu LoLo of the Where Are The Women Monuments project. LuLu will perform two short monologues drawn from the obituaries of Elizabeth Tashjian, founder of The Nut Museum, and Hugh Hicks, whose massive light bulb collection formed the Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting.

This year features over 20 collections, including:

  • Industrial Revolution and Mechanical Era ephemera from Museum of Interesting Things. Interactive demonstrations!
  • Archival 16mm vintage silent cartoons by Tommy Stathes of Cartoons on Film. Screenings throughout the night!
  • A presentation representing 100 years of paper, cardboard and self-playing ephemeral records from Michael Cumella aka Phonograph DJ MAC. Some records will be played on-site!
  • Vintage cartoon decals, illustrated aprons, cocktail napkins, and more comic ephemera from Gabe Fowler of Desert Island Comics
  • Collections of rock collections acquired from friends, family, and online auctions from artist Ben Sisto
  • Business cards of Chicago gangs from the 1970s & ’80s from Brandon Johnson. Brandon’s collection of gang “compliment cards” has been published as Thee Almighty & Insane. The book has been reviewed by Vice.
  • WWII family ephemera from Harley Spiller, aka Inspector Collector
  • Mid-century desk lamps from Ronda J. Smith and Adrien Blanc
    and much more!


Tickets available through Artfully, $7, $5 for City Reliquary or Fire Museum members. Admission at the door will be $10/$8 members. Buy online and save, and become a Reliquary member for additional discounts!

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About The City Reliquary Museum:

The City Reliquary Museum & Civic Organization preserves the everyday artifacts that connect visitors to the past and present of New York City. It was originally established as an apartment window display in 2002 at the corner of Grand and Havemeyer Streets and relocated to 370 Metropolitan Avenue in 2006. The Reliquary also hosts public events that invite neighbors and visitors to meet, exchange ideas, and celebrate the diversity of our city.

Location: 370 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211; Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 12pm–6pm. Admission: $5 general; $4 college students/educators/seniors; museum employees and children 12 & under free; Website: cityreliquary.org; Phone: 718-782-4842; Email: info@cityreliquary.org

About the New York City Fire Museum:

The mission of the New York City Fire Museum is to collect, preserve and present the history and cultural heritage of the fire service of New York and to provide fire prevention and safety education to the public, especially children.

Location: 278 Spring St., New York, NY 10013; Hours: 7 days/week, 10 AM-5 PM; Website: nycfiremuseum.org/; Phone: 212-691-1303


April 8
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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New York City Fire Museum
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