Virtual Gallery Talk: Inside Out

The Latest Exhibition at the Freedman Gallery

Join MAS on Tuesday, May 28 as we explore photographer Sally Davies’ exhibition Inside Out. The photo collection is the most recent exhibition at the Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Digital Gallery. Sally will be in conversation with MAS President, Elizabeth Goldstein. The pair will discuss Sally’s process and her career, and explore the theme of the exhibition — our external and internal relationship with the built environment.

About the Exhibition

Inside Out encapsulates the complex essence of New York City, delving into our relationship with the built environment, both externally and internally. The first half of the collection captures urban street life set against the gritty yet vibrant facades of the East Village, sparking curiosity about the inner lives behind those doors. With a seamless transition, the second half of the collection explores the intimate world within, revealing the diverse and vibrant lives led by New Yorkers. “Inside Out” uniquely explores the city, offering glimpses into personal spaces and narratives behind closed doors, skillfully capturing the intersection of exterior urbanity and the rich interiors that define New York City.

Tuesday, May 28
12:00 PM


Rearview East 5th Street, September 2018. © Sally Davies.

About the Speakers

Sally Davies, Featured Artist

Sally Davies is a photographer whose works are in the permanent collection at the Museum of the City of New York and the NYC 9/11 Memorial Museum. She is the author of two photo books; “New Yorkers” and “California Dreamers” (Ammonite Publishing UK) and also of the acclaimed McDonalds Happy Meal Project (1.75 million online hits). Her archive is now part of the Downtown Collection of Fales Library at NYU, and her photographs have been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, The New York Post, the UK Daily Mail, PDN online, Huffington Post and Photolife Magazine.

In 2014 Sally’s “Lower East Side Photographs” were exhibited at the Bernarducci Meisel Gallery in New York City, with a 2nd solo exhibit of large scale photos, “New York at Night” that followed on June 4, 2015. Sally has exhibited twice at the Museum of the City of New York; In 2020 her street photography was included in “From Stuyvesant to Sid Vicious,” and in 2023 her New Yorkers at home portraits were included in “New York Now: Home.”

In 2014 Sally received a citation from the city of New York for her ongoing commitment to photographing the Lower East Side.

She took Allen Ginsberg’s old apartment when she moved from Canada to New York in 1983, and she still lives in New York City with her dog Bun.

To see more of Sally’s work, visit


Elizabeth joined MAS as its President in February 2017. She has an extensive background in parks and historic preservation advocacy and management. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has worked to insure transparent public engagement in civic decisions of consequence to public space and the heritage of key places across the United States. Prior to returning to her NYC roots, Elizabeth was most recently the President of the California State Parks Foundation from 2004 to 2016. Prior to that she was the General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (1999 to 2004), and the Western Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (1994-1999). Her work in parks includes the New York City Regional Director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (1989-1994), the Director of Planning for the New York City Park Department (1986-1989) and the Chief of Staff of the Manhattan Borough Office of NYC Parks. Elizabeth graduated from Beloit College. Elizabeth is a past co-chair of the City Parks Alliance and board member of numerous non-profit boards.

About The Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Gallery

The Doris C. and Alan J. Freedman Gallery was housed at the former offices of MAS at the Villard Houses prior to the organization’s move in 2010. In 2020, the gallery was reimagined as a digital space made accessible to visitors from across the city and world. Both the digital gallery and its original programming at the Villard Houses have been made possible through the generosity of the Freedman Family.

Doris Freedman (1928 – 1981) served as New York City’s first Director of Cultural Affairs and founded the Public Art Fund in 1977. Alan Freedman (1923 – 1982) was the founder and chairman of the WNYC Foundation, which raised private financing to support public radio broadcasting in New York. Both Doris and Alan Freedman served as Presidents of MAS in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

View past exhibitions featured in the Freedman Gallery.

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