Photo: Renate Aller, side walk: Artist with Baby Boy aka Dan Frieber, 2020, archival pigment print.


A new New-York Historical Society exhibition featuring more than 30 photographs by Renate Aller.

In April 2020, at the height of the onset of the pandemic in New York City, photographer Renate Aller began inviting one friend at a time to join her on the sidewalk in front of her building in Soho, where she set up a camera to chronicle the coming together. It was the first time in weeks that many of them had encountered others in the outside world. Aller and her friends never touched, but together, they created an emotional landscape of those early months of uncertainty. The photos on display in side walk 6’ apart in NYC capture a time when fear and anxiety conflicted with the overwhelming urge to connect.

Born in Germany, Renate Aller lives and works in New York. Her work is in the collections of corporate institutions, private collectors, and museums, including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Yale University Art Gallery, CT; and Musée des beaux-arts Le Locle, Switzerland, among others.

A set of prints from the side walk project have been added to the permanent collection as part of New-York Historical’s efforts to document the effects of COVID-19 on New Yorkers as well as artistic responses to the pandemic. The photo book side walk 6’ apart in New York City, published by Kehrer Verlag with essays by Marilyn Kushner and Lara Pan, will be available to visitors in the exhibition and available for purchase from the NYHistory Store.

The exhibition is curated by Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator of prints, photographs, and architectural collections at New-York Historical.


On view March 11 – July 10, 2022

Wednesday – Thursday: 11 am – 5 pm
Fridays: 11 am – 8 pm
Saturdays – Sundays: 11 am – 5 pm


New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


Adults: $22
Seniors/Educators/Active Military: $17
Students: $13
Children (5–13): $6
Children (4 and under): Free
*Pay-as-you-wish Fridays from 6–8 pm


Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

About New-York Historical Society

Experience 400 years of history through groundbreaking exhibitions, immersive films, and thought-provoking conversations among renowned historians and public figures at the New-York Historical Society, New York’s first museum. A great destination for history since 1804, the Museum and the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library convey the stories of the city and nation’s diverse populations, expanding our understanding of who we are as Americans and how we came to be. Ever-rising to the challenge of bringing little or unknown histories to light, New-York Historical will soon inaugurate a new annex housing its Academy for American Democracy as well as the American LGBTQ+ Museum. These latest efforts to help forge the future by documenting the past join New-York Historical’s DiMenna Children’s History Museum and Center for Women’s History. Digital exhibitions, apps, and our For the Ages podcast make it possible for visitors everywhere to dive more deeply into history. Connect with us at or at @nyhistory on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr.

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