Archive | February, 2012

Event Tonight!

22 Feb


Professor Mosette Broderick Interview

14 Feb

Professor Mosette Broderick Interviewed on ABC Live Well Network’s Uncover New York

10 Feb

This segment will air tonight, Friday, February 10, on Time Warner Cable channel 163 at 6:30 PM. If Time Warner is not your provider look at this.

From the NY Palace website:

The New York Palace is no stranger to the bright lights of television and the movies, but our historic hotel will be stepping onto center stage for an upcoming segment on the new show Uncover New York, which will air on the ABC Live Well Network. The program will focus on the elegant architecture and rich history of The Palace’s historical Villard Houses and will feature Mosette Broderick, co-author of The Villard Houses.

The Villard Houses, constructed in 1882 and granted landmark status in 1968, stands among New York’s most notable architecture. The houses’ rich brownstone walls surround an elegant courtyard that contrasts with the bustle of Madison Avenue just a few feet away. The houses served a variety of purposes through the decades, with a hotel (then called the Helmsley Palace Hotel)  opening at the site in 1980. The hotel added a 55-story tower behind the houses, complementing the original brownstone detail with a clean, sleek glass façade.  The Palace has spent millions on restoration projects to keep the exterior and interior of the structure in stellar shape. The houses are now known as the Villard Mansion, containing Michelin Two-Star GILT Restaurant, GILT Bar, The Palace Gate outdoor lounge and stylish event spaces, including the Madison Room, The Library and the Drawing Room.

Broderick, the Director of Urban Design and Architecture Studies at New York University, will discuss the compelling history and rich design detail of The Palace’s Villard Houses,  as well as the  architectural features that allow the structure to stand out today, 130 years after its construction. The Uncover New York segment on The New York Palace’s Villard Houses will air in early February, on the ABC Live Well Network.

 Over the years, The New York Palace has acted as more than Midtown’s most luxurious hotel. As an officially designated historic landmark, the Villard Houses are a must-visit for any architecture connoisseur or New York City history buff. Because of their iconic status and elegance, the grounds have served as a favorite filming location for many notable television shows and movies in recent years. Some of the most famous shots from signature New York City shows – Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, Law & Order, and others – have taken place in the elegant rooms, dining venues and courtyard of our hotel.

Art History Writing Tutors

9 Feb

Although the Arts and Science College Learning Center has offered subject-specific assistance in the past and continues to do so in biology, chemistry, math, languages and the like, in recent years our own Department has taken the lead in providing art history-specific tutoring to its undergraduates. The program kicked off in October 2008 and, according to our students’ feedback, has already proven to be a great success.

Without exception, our tutors are all graduate candidates at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU’s graduate art history program. A tutor is available in the Department of Art History, every weekday, from 12.30 to 2pm. Students may see them on a walk-in basis.

This semester brings us two outstanding tutors:

Kristen Gaylord graduated magna cum laude with degrees in English literature and Art History from Westmont College. She earned her Master’s Degree from the Institute of Fine Arts, and is now a PhD candidate there. Her focus is on postwar American art, with an emphasis on the 1960s and 1970s artists of Los Angeles, and her dissertation will treat the career of activist/nun/artist Sister Mary Corita Kent and the Immaculate Heart College. Kristen is minoring in modern Latin American art and ancient Egyptian art and archaeology, especially of the 18th Dynasty. She has interned at institutions around New York, including HERE Arts Center, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, and The Museum of Modern Art, and has tutored New York students in subjects ranging from SAT math to college application essays and university-level art history and literature classes since 2009. She is also co-editor of the IFA Contemporary Art Consortium blog, and a frequent contributor. Kristen can be seen on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Lizzie Frasco graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Visual Studies and the History of Art, with a concentration in modern twentieth century art. At Penn, Lizzie ran the student Art Gallery of the Philomathean Society and was a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Board for the History of Art department. After graduating she worked as the Spiegel Fellow in the education department of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Lizzie is currently a PhD student at the Institute of Fine Arts working on early modern Latin American art with a focus on the Caribbean and is currently a course assistant for a graduate colloquium on nineteenth century traveller art. In the wake of a research trip to Cuba last year, she has become increasingly interested in the art and architecture of the hemispheric Americas, specifically in relation to the broad exchange between North America and the former Spanish colonies. Lizzie can be seen on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the semester.

Professor Louise Rice lectures on the Minneapolis St Paul

8 Feb

Professor Louise Rice will speak on Andrea Bergondi’s colossal marble statue of St Paul the First Hermit in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Saturday, February 11. Unveiled in 1775 over the high altar of the church of San Paolo Primo Eremita in Rome, the sculpture was originally set within a stucco landscape representing the saint’s cave and lit to highly theatrical effect by a hidden window. Today the setting is lost but the statue survives as a precious fragment of one of the last great baroque altarpieces in Rome. The recent cleaning and restoration of the saint provides an ideal opportunity for reassessing this important example of 18th-century sculpture. Dr Eike Schmidt, James Ford Bell Curator of Sculpture at the MIA, will also speak; he and Professor Rice are preparing an article on Bergondi’s sculpture for publication. (Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Saturday, February 11 at 11:00 AM)

South Asia@NYU offers a guided tour of exhibits at the Rubin Museum of Art, February 12, 2012, 1:00 PM

6 Feb

This tour is in conjunction with South Asia@NYU’s weekend-long conference, “Global South Asia,” to be held at Stern on February 11-12, 2012.  Those interested may sign up for the tour on Feburary 11, 2012 at the conference.

Tutors Available

6 Feb