Museum of City of NY to Open Refurbished Furniture Gallery, Host Decorative Arts Program

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We’ve never grasped the appeal of all those forensics-fueled TV dramas, but we’d gladly tune in for a historical version in which the suspiciously attractive detectives must draw conclusions based on furniture and decorative objects—say, an antique mahogany card table (no doubt it’s a Duncan Phyfe, but why is it covered in blood?). Until the History Channel will take our calls, we satisfy our appetite for design-minded historical capers at institutions such as the Museum of the City of New York, which next Tuesday evening will celebrate the opening of its newly refurbished gallery of New York furniture. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m., with a public program on collecting decorative arts. Renowned furniture restorer Maryalice Huggins will discuss her new book, Aesop’s Mirror: A Love Story, with independent curator James Tottis, who led the restoration of the gallery, in a conversation focusing on connoisseurship and what decorative arts can tell us about New York City history. A reception to view the restored gallery will follow the program. Reserve your ticket here.