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Art and Affection: The Life and Love of Emma Stebbins

March 6th , 6:00pm 7:00pm

angel of the waters fountain statue

Guest starring in countless films, television shows, and selfies on Instagram, Emma Stebbins’ “Angel of the Waters”—gracefully adorning Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain—is one of New York City’s most iconic sculptures.

Unveiled in 1873, it was the first public work of art commissioned by a woman in NYC, giving Stebbins a unique claim to fame. Details of her life, however, have long been shrouded in mystery.

Price: $9, $4 for members.

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Join Maria Teresa Cometto, author of Emma and the Angel of Central Park: The Story of a New York Icon and the Woman Who Created It, as she sheds light on the captivating tale of this trailblazing woman, exploring both her artistic contributions and  her romantic relationship with Charlotte Cushman, a prominent nineteenth-century actress.