Join me for a special episode this week when we explore two wonderful New York museums.
My guests will be Sarah M. Henry, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of the City of New York, and Stephanie Hill Wilchfort, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Jeff opens the show by introducing his first guest of the night, Sarah Henry. Sarah begins by talking about the history of different neighborhoods/areas in New York City. Sarah goes on by talking about her background and how she became a curator. While discussing her background, Sarah transitions into talking about the history of the museum. Sarah delves into the infrastructure of New York City and how museums became an integral part of the city’s culture and experience. Sarah ends the segment by discussing the location of the museum and how the diversity of the area adds to the overall ambiance of museum.
Sarah begins this segment by mentioning the collections that are currently being shown at the museum. Cultivating Culture is an exhibition on display at the museum now, and Sarah discusses the history of this exhibition in great detail. Sarah also informs us about upcoming shows at the museum; one in particular that is about basketball in New York City and how it is woven into the fabric of the city. She ends the segment by talking about her most inspiring exhibitions that she has been a part of.
Jeff introduces Stephanie Hill Wilchfort and her accolades. Stephanie starts by discussing the Brooklyn neighborhood in which she grew up in. Stephanie discusses her background and how she got her start in this business. Jeff asks Stephanie to explain/elaborate on the difference between children museums versus “adult” museums. She continues by discussing the history of how Brooklyn Children’s Museum and how it came to be. Stephanie goes on to discuss how the museum added to the culture of the Brooklyn community.
Jeff brings us back by asking Stephanie to discuss how the museum enhances the community. Stephanie explains how the museum has a community feel due to the fact that it’s largely interactive and the kids are able to play with each other. Stephanie goes into detail about the different collections that they have on display now. Stephanie talks about the different core exhibits that are currently on display right now. She discusses their Survival of the Slowest exhibit, which features a live sloth! Stephanie also informs us about the after-school program that the museum runs. She ends the segment by informing the audience about how they can learn more about the museum, their shows, and exhibits.