“The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: One Hundred Years After,” which draws on historical photographs, archives, artifacts, and film clips to tell the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and its contemporary lessons, will be on exhibit at NYU Open House (528 LaGuardia, between Bleecker and W. 3rd Streets) through May 2011. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F (West 4th Street).
The March 25, 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire was the most devastating industrial disaster in New York City’s history. It claimed the lives of 146 garment workers, mostly immigrant women, who either died in the flames or jumped from a fatal height. The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire threw a spotlight on the sweatshop conditions that characterized the clothing industry. It proved to be a pivotal moment in the effort to bring reform to industrial life in New York. Commemorating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, this exhibit explores a century of struggle by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and progressive and radical reformers to improve working conditions in the clothing shops, culminating with President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.
The exhibit is curated by NYU’s Tamiment Library. For more information, call 212.998.2630.
Exhibition hours are: Mondays, closed; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, noon–5 p.m.; Thursdays, 2–7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m.