The Fine Arts Society: People, Places, and Events 2012-13

17 Apr

If you’ve been reading our blog, you know that the Department of Art History’s CAS student club, the Fine Arts Society, is having a banner year. The goal of the Society is the creation of a community of NYU students interested in art, art history, and visual culture. 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. Hearty congratulations and many thanks go to co-presidents Olivia Zhang and Riad Kherdeen, treasurer Valerie Itteilag, secretary Nora Gorman, PR officer Vivian Chen, and board member Emily Yang for their energetic leadership. This year’s officers have spearheaded many positive changes to the Society, from increasing the frequency of board meetings, to introducing a monthly newsletter announcing all planned events, to sending out eye-catching emails to club members, to using Google Forms to facilitate RSVP’s to the club’s exclusive events.  Great thanks also go to Professor Miriam Basilio for her sage guidance as faculty adviser, and to Professor Julia Robinson, the club’s adviser for two years running, for additional advice and support.

The Society kicked off the 2012-13 academic year with a “meet and greet” event on September 13th, followed by screenings of two films, the 2010 documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, and Cage on Cage. The following month, the club sponsored a College Night visit to The Frick Collection (October 5th) and held its annual Halloween Party (October 25th) – certainly one of the social events of the year in our department.  On October 26th, club members went to the Guggenheim Museum to attend Artist to Artist, a conversation between artist Jeff Koons and Pepe Karmel, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History.

On November 15th, the Society screened the 2006 documentary, Who the *$&% Is Jackson Pollock. On November 17thclub members enjoyed a tour of Chelsea galleries led by David from the Two Percent Blog. December 13th brought the Society’s annual holiday party – a welcome break from studying for finals.

The spring 2013 semester has been just as busy as was fall. The second “meet and greet” event of the academic year, held on February 7th, was followed swiftly by a screening (on February 21st) of Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010), which chronicles the life and career of Brooklyn-born graffiti artist-turned-Neo-Expressionist painter Jean-Michel BasquiatThe club wrapped up the month on February 26th with an evening with Dennis Geronimus, Associate Professor of Renaissance Art in the Department of Art History. On March 1st, club members participated in a College Group at the Metropolitan Museum of Art event. On March 7th, for the first time in its history, the Society co-hosted with the Ciné-club a screening of Séraphine (2008), which tells the story of housekeeper and self-taught painter Séraphine Louis (aka Séraphine de Senlis), and sponsored a visit of members to the Armory Show on March 9th. An evening with Carol Krinsky, Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History, held on March 26th, rounded out the Society’s events for the month of March.

April may be the “cruelest month” in terms of weather, but that has not slowed down the Fine Arts Society! The club began the month with a workshop on internships in the art world, held on April 3rd, and hosted an E-board interest meeting (April 10th). April also brings two of the Society’s most popular events: the Young Professionals Symposium (April 16th) and the Career Symposium (April 23rd). Both symposia bring together professionals working in all facets of the art world, including auction houses, galleries, museums, publishing, consulting, academia, and philanthropy, with the goal of providing students with information about and insight into the varied career options related to the arts. Panelists at the Young Professionals Symposium will include Kirsten Lee, a Ph.D. candidate in ancient art at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts; Ari Lipkis, Department of Art History alumnus, former co-president of the Fine Arts Society, and co-founder (with Alex Ahn) of TEMP Gallery; and Ellen Moody and Phoebe Springstubb, both of the Museum of Modern Art. The Career Symposium will feature panelists Amy Cappellazzo, a Department of Art History alumna who is Chair of Postwar and Contemporary development at Christies; Robin Cembalest of ARTnews; Carolyn Alexander of Alexander and Bonin Gallery; and Leslie Bussis Tait, Associate Museum Educator at The Cloisters Museum.

The Society will round out the academic year with two events: a lecture by Glenn Wharton, Chief Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art (May 2nd) and a year-end party, tentatively scheduled for May 9th.

Students interested in membership in the Fine Arts Society or desiring further information about the club’s activities should contact co-presidents Olivia Zhang ( and Riad Kherdeen (


Kathryn A. Smith




One Response to “The Fine Arts Society: People, Places, and Events 2012-13”


  1. Alumni News, Spring 2014 | Fields of Vision - 03/27/2014

    […] “And in more recent news, I have just accepted an offer for admission to the Institute of Fine Arts’ M.A. program in Art History and Archaeology. I will be starting classes this fall, and I could not be more excited!  I aspire to specialize in modern art, architecture, and design, with a focus on technical studies, and the M.A. program at the IFA will allow me to embark on the long journey toward becoming a specialist.”  During his senior year, Riad was co-president of the Fine Arts Society, the Department of Art History’s CAS student club (see our April 17th, 2013 blogpost. […]

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