The Fine Arts Society, People, Places, and Events, 2013-14

18 Feb

The Fine Arts Society, the Department of Art History’s CAS student club, is having another exceptionally exciting and active 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 museums and galleries both within and without New York City, 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 all of the Society’s officers and board members for their creative and energetic leadership and hard work.  This year’s officers are co-presidents Linse Kelbe (Economics/Art History ’14) and Olivia Zhang (Art History/Management ‘14), treasurer ChamBrais Medeiros (Finance/Marketing ’14), secretary Eliza Blackman (Art History/French ‘14), PR chair Dorothy Vickery (Dramatic Writing/Politics ’14), marketing chair Thomas Fallon (Art History/French ’15), and archivist Chloe Choi (Biochemistry ’15).  This year’s board members are Rachel Weinert (Art History/Comparative Literature ’15), Nora Gorman (Art History ’15), and Caitlin Wood (Art History ’14).  Hearty thanks also go to the club’s faculty advisers this academic year — Professor Julia Robinson in the fall semester, and new faculty member Professor Meredith Martin in the spring – for their enthusiastic and sage guidance.

The fall semester got off to a flying start with a well-attended general meeting, held on Wednesday, September 18th.  On Friday, October 4th, fifteen students attended the new academic year’s first College Night at the Frick, which provides free after-hours access to the Collection as well as lectures, gallery talks, open sketching, and other programs and activities.  On Sunday, October 27th, five intrepid students traveled to Dia:Beacon, the Dia Art Foundation’s spectacular collection of art from the 1960s to the present located in Beacon, NY, in the beautiful Hudson Valley.

There were plenty of treats to be had, and plenty of clever art-related costumes to be spied, at the Society’s Halloween party – one of the social events of the semester – held on October 30th.  On Saturday, November 2nd, ten lucky students enjoyed a special viewing of “Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Haals:  Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis,” the spectacular exhibition that showed at the Frick Collection until January of this year .   On Thursday November 14th, the Society sponsored a study-away information session.

Friday, November 15th was a banner day for the Society, with a tour of NYU’s Grey Art Gallery as well as “K-Art: Splendors from Silla to Seoul,” an event co-sponsored by the College Group at the Met and the Korea Society, held in connection with the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s special exhibition “Silla:  Korea’s Golden Kingdom”, on display until February 23th, 2014.  Twenty students attended “K-Art,” and ten traveled to MoMA PS1 on Saturday, December 7th, to tour the Mike Kelley show, which closed earlier this month.  Fifteen students took a break from studying for final exams to enjoy some good cheer and great conversation at the Society’s annual holiday party, held on Thursday, December 12th.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor even more snow, has slowed down the Fine Arts Society.  The club kicked off the spring semester with a general meeting, held on Thursday, February 6th, followed on Friday, February 7th, by a tour of “The Flowering of Edo Period Painting:  Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection”, which just opened at the Metropolitan Museum on February 1st.  Thursday, February 20th, will bring the next College Group at the Met event, “A Brush with Asia,” including a behind-the-scenes discussion, reception, and viewing of the exhibition “Ink Art:  Past as Present in Contemporary China”, on view through April 6th.

Among the other activities and events that the Society is planning or considering are a “Hack the Met” tour, tentatively scheduled for the end of February; a visit to the Armory Show, the modern and contemporary art fair held at Piers 92 and 94, on Saturday, March 8th; a tour of the Whitney Biennial on Saturday, March 29th; a Chelsea 2% gallery tour on Saturday, April 5th; and a visit to the spectacular Storm King Art Center — one of the world’s premier sculpture parks, located in the lower Hudson Valley — on Saturday, April 26th. The club is also tentatively planning to attend a viewing of and reception for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute exhibit sponsored by the College Group at the Met, an event slated for May.

In addition, April will bring two of the Society’s most anticipated events:  the Young Professionals Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, April 10th, and the Career Symposium, slated for the following Thursday, April 17th.  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; more information will be available as we get closer to the dates of these informative events.

Students interested in membership in the Fine Arts Society or desiring further information about the club’s activities should contact co-presidents Linse Kelbe ( or Olivia Zhang ( or the Society’s general address (

Kathryn A. Smith


FAS_Dia-BeaconFAS_Mike Kelley

Fine Arts Society members at Dia Beacon

Fine Arts Society members at Dia Beacon

Contemplating Dan Flavin at Dia Beacon

Contemplating Dan Flavin at Dia Beaco

Contemplating Walter de Maria at Dia Beacon

Contemplating Walter de Maria at Dia Beacon

Co-president Linse Kelbe in front of a Rothko lookalike

Co-president Linse Kelbe in front of a Rothko lookalike

College Night at the Frick

College Night at the Frick

Holiday Party Time

Holiday Party Time


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