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About the Exhibit

Open December 10, 2015 — May 14, 2017

New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art
New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art gallery
New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art gallery

This exhibition of original artwork explores the diversity of topics highlighting the cultural heritage of New York City. The exhibition provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the Postmaster General’s Collection which the museum has acquired through a long-term agreement with the United States Postal Service. Thirty pieces of original artwork divided into six categories of stamp art relevant to the city’s heritage will be displayed. These categories—Baseball, Broadway, City Life, Icons, Politics and Government, and Music—will depict a variety of art styles and mediums used to create some of America’s most beautiful stamps. The artwork celebrates important citizens, events and iconic buildings that have defined New York City as one of the greatest cities in the world. Six of the portraits, one from each category, will be temporarily on display at the World Stamp Show—NY 2016 (May 28, 2016 – June 3, 2016) as part of the museum’s major contribution to this once-per-decade international philatelic event.


All artwork on loan from the United States Postal Service, Postmaster General’s Collection


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Please note, due to Smithsonian Institution conservation and preservation protocols, the selection of objects and images on this website may differ from the items on exhibit in the museum’s New York City: A Portrait Through Stamp Art gallery.