At the N-YHS this comprehensive history was offered not only by incorporating some of the Society's relevant holdings, which also introduced New York itself as a context, but by expanding the literal and intellectual space of the exhibition through dialogue and debate.
Arguably, the deeper context for lynching at the N-YHS afforded viewers an opportunity to regain their composure in the face of lawlessness.
Theory, in this case, offers a way to explain how the visitor's encounter with the radical force of lynching may have been formally compromised at the N-YHS where, when located in relation to its contemporary counter-movements, lynching was effectively contextualized within a rational construction.
and it appears that such freedom of movement was intended by the N-YHS staff.
The carefully composed perspective of the N-YHS exhibition seems to have reoriented the lawless and ruthless space of lynching and replaced it with what Panofsky calls rational "mathematical" space (31).
Reviewing and reacting to the N-YHS exhibit and its depth-of-field, Gregorio Malena wrote in Harlem Overheard (2001) that its "nonchalant pose" compromised a "powerful" yet "matter-of-fact" presentation.
When examining the Roth Horowitz and N-YHS exhibitions, and subsequent exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Martin Luther King, Jr.
Report of the Joint Committee on the Centennial Celebration of the Evacuation of New York by the British, November 26, 1883, with an Historical Introduction by John Austin Stevens (New York, 1885): 7, 160-169; Minutes of the Committee of Arrangements, volume 1, entries for November 8, 9, and 13, 1883, Evacuation Day, Committee of Arrangements Box, John Austin Stevens Papers, N-YHS
; New York City Board of Aldermen, Proceedings of the Board of Aldermen of the City of New York, from October 1st 1883 to January 7th, 1884 (New York, 1884): 7, 404-405, 620-625; New York Times, November 24, 26, and 27, 1883; Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, December 1, 1883; Andrew Lester, Diary, November 23, 1879-April 29, 1888, entry for November 26, 1883, N-YHS