There's always something new at Manhattan's oldest house

A Modernist in the Colony and Infinite Archive

June 9th, 2017 - September 24th, 2017


Two new exhibitions featured in  “CONTEMPORARY MEETS COLONIAL” series this summer at Morris-Jumel Mansion!

Four artists in A Modernist in the Colony and Infinite Archive explore historical narratives within the collection and respond with new work through a contemporary lens. 

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The Morris-Jumel Mansion is presenting two new exhibitions in its “Contemporary Meets Colonial” series revealing contemporary responses to its collection of historic objects. Incorporating a selection of historic material and narratives about the Morris and Jumel families chosen by four artists, the exhibitions are on view from June 9 through September 24, 2017. A Modernist in the Colony, installed throughout the historic landmark in upper Manhattan, features 30 artworks in glass and ceramic by Michigan-based artist Jeff Blandford. The new works are placed alongside approximately 18 decorative objects from the storied Mansion’s collection to create a compelling dialogue. Inspired by the newly reinterpreted period rooms within the 250-year-old site, Blandford created everyday objects—drinking glasses, bowls, and candlesticks—with a modern twist. Presented together, the historic and the contemporary exchange is activated in surprising ways.

Local artists Patrick Perry, Sarah Rowe, and Rachel Sydlowski respond to the unique history, archives, and architecture of the Mansion in the concurrent exhibition Infinite Archive. Each artist employs archival objects as springboards to create site-specific installations comprising ceramic objects, jewelry, and prints. They present visual interpretations based on different avenues of research conducted by each artist, notably into the life and times of the formidable Eliza Jumel whose tastes in fashion, furnishings, and décor are still very much in evidence at the Mansion. Each artist represented in Infinite Archive contributed a special edition artist’s book exploring aspects of the building’s architecture, history, and landscape and the identities of those who inhabited it. Offering an intimate experience, visitors are invited to hold and examine each book. At the culmination of the exhibition, a set of the editions will be permanently placed within the holdings of the Mansion’s archive.

A Modernist in the Colony and Infinite Archive Opening

June 8th, 2017   |   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for the opening of our summer exhibitions. While admission is free of charge, guests must RSVP in advance. A host of public programs are planned for the presentations. For more information, please contact

NoMaa: Night at the Museum

June 21st, 2017   |  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Morris-Jumel Mansion will be open late on June 21st as part of NoMaa's Night at the Museum. Learn bookmaking and cynotyping from the artists of Infinite Archive. 

For more information, please contact



65 Jumel Terrace, New York, New York, 10032

(212) 923-8008

Events are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with City Council and Borough President, Gale Brewer and Councilman, Ydanis Rodriguez. 

Morris-Jumel Mansion is a proud member of the Historic House Trust of New York City
and partner of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.