Opening Reception: MAS 125th Anniversary Exhibit

On October 4, we will host an opening reception for Toward a Livable City, a new exhibit at the Center for Architecture celebrating our “quasquicentennial” anniversary!

Please join MAS for an evening of drinks, light refreshments, and camaraderie, as we remember 125 years of advocacy and look ahead to our next chapter. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York and with the generous support of the Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Fund, the J&AR Foundation, and Agnes Gund.

Due to a high level of interest, registration is currently closed. However, we highly encourage registering for the wait list by clicking “Attend”, and we will have an update closer to the event if any space opens up.

Thursday, October 4
6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Center for Architecture
532 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012


entrance to the exhibit, Toward a Livable City

About “Toward a Livable City”

Presented  on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Municipal Art Society (MAS), Toward a Livable City explores this organization’s profound impact on the metropolis we live in today.

From its foundations in aesthetics in 1893, MAS quickly scaled up its efforts to respond to a bigger and increasingly more complex metropolis. It has addressed the challenging issues facing successive generations of New Yorkers, from transportation to historic preservation, and some of its efforts have had national ramifications.  All the while, MAS has advanced its mission through collaboration, a necessary mode of action to change any modern city. Zelig-like, MAS has appeared in different guises throughout New York’s 20th and 21st century histories. It has conceived with, promoted alongside, and sometimes fought against the actors who shape the city: powerful government leaders, important institutions, and colorful individuals. Together, they have made New York New York, and MAS’s story is, in effect, the story of modern metropolitan life itself.

Toward a Livable City has been organized by the current staff and board of MAS in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York, as a tribute to all the formidable leaders who have come before them and to the city they love.

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MAS is founded

The Municipal Art Society Is Founded

The Municipal Art Society (MAS) is established on March 22, 1893, by Richard Morris Hunt and other civic activists, with a founding mission to beautify New York with public art. Throughout its first century, the organization expanded its mission to include the city’s buildings, streetscapes, and public spaces, with the aim of bringing the voice of the public into the debates that impact the lives of New Yorkers.

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