BINGHAMTON, NY – The historic architecture and buildings of Binghamton and New York City will be celebrated in two separate exhibits at the Binghamton University Art Museum.

Opening Thursday March 8, “The Landmarks of New York” is a traveling exhibition based on the book of the same name by noted writer/activist Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel. The book, published by the State University of New York Press, features photos and descriptions of more than 1,200 landmarks and more than 100 historic districts that have been recognized by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The exhibit, which opened last fall at SUNY Plaza in Albany, will on display in room 213 of the Fine Arts building through Mar. 31. An opening reception will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Diamonstein-Spielvogel will attend the opening reception and sign copies of her books, which will be available for sale.

“The Landmarks of New York” inspired Jackie Hogan, assistant director of the Art Museum to curate an exhibit that would pay tribute to Binghamton and its past. “Postcards: Binghamton Architecture” is now on display on the first floor of the Art Museum (FA-179) and will remain there through Jun. 1. The exhibit offers postcard views of dozens of Binghamton landmarks from the early 1900s.

Conceived to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the passage of the New York City Landmarks Law and mounted in conjunction with the publication of the book “The Landmarks of New York,V” by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the exhibition has now travelled to 5 continents and over 82 cities throughout the world. Spanning 400 years of New York City history, the exhibit serves as an introduction to the city’s proud architectural heritage, and strong tradition of preservation, which is made possible by the influential New York City Landmarks Law.

The exhibition illustrates approximately 100 black and white photographs with accompanying descriptive historic text document buildings dating from the 1620s through the 1980s – from the idiosyncratic to the iconic.

Diamonstein-Spielvogel has demonstrated unparalleled involvement in arts, architecture, design and public policy through roles that have brought her from the writer’s desk to The White House, serving as a model for civic and cultural engagement. She is also a leading voice on some of the most defining urban issues of our time, including the preservation of the country historical environment. 

This exhibition is organized by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, The New York Historical Society, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Preservation League of New York State.

For more information, contact Jackie Hogan at (607) 777-2634.