The Fine Arts Society: People, Places, and Events 2010-11

7 Mar


The Fine Arts Society, the Department of Art History’s CAS student club, has been exceptionally active this academic year, thanks to the enthusiastic leadership of its officers and the energetic guidance of its Faculty Adviser, Professor Julia Robinson. The goal of the Society is the creation of a community of NYU students interested in art history.  Through visits to New York City museums and galleries as well as walking tours, lectures, symposia, and film screenings, the Fine Arts Society brings art history majors and non-majors together, with lively discussions.  This year’s officers are Co-Presidents Alex Ahn (’11) and Ari Lipkis (’11), Treasurer Camille Okhio (’12), Secretary Jenna Donnachie (’11), Communications Manager Katrina Du (’11), and Board Members Joey Steigelman (’12) and Catherine Mastrangelo (’11).

Twenty-five students attended the Society’s fall information session, held on September 15th, 2010.  On September 26th, fifteen students visited the Museum of Modern Art to view the exhibition “Matisse:  Radical Invention.”  For the Society’s Halloween party on October 27th, members dressed up as their favorite works of art and enjoyed pizza, candy, and a viewing of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí’s silent Surrealist film, “Un Chien Andalou.”  A visit to Professor Kenneth Silver’s show “Chaos and Classicism” was the next event on the Society’s roster; twenty-five students visited the Guggenheim on October 29th, and Professor Julia Robinson provided a short introduction to the exhibition.  Professor Robinson took thirty students on a walking tour of contemporary art galleries in Chelsea on November 12th.  Then, on December 5th, she and fifteen students viewed the exhibition “Roy Lichtenstein:  The Black-and-White Drawings” at the Morgan Library & Museum.

The spring semester promises to be as rich in events as was fall.  An impressive forty students attended the spring information session, held on February 9th, 2011.  On February 18th, 2011, a student group visited the “Abstract Expressionist New York” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.  In March, society members will tour the New York Armory Show and the Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Lab.  Professor Robinson will lead a walking tour of Lower East Society art galleries later in the semester.

Mid-April will bring one of the Society’s most popular events, the annual Careers Symposium, which brings together professionals working in all facets of the art world, including the auction houses, galleries, museums, publishing, consulting, academia, and philanthropy.  The goal of the Symposium is to provide students with information about and insight into the varied career options related to the arts.

The Society is planning a number of other events, including a guest lecture with salon-style discussion and a professor-led dialogue on a topic in the history of art yet to be determined. The club also publishes a monthly newsletter with information on mostly free arts-related events in New York City.  For further information about the Society and its activities, contact Co-President Alex Ahn at

Kathryn A. Smith


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