The Fine Arts Society: People, Places, and Events 2015-16

18 Apr

Fig 1FAS members at MoMA seeing Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty

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The panelists for the Young Professionals Career Symposium

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The panelists for the Young Professionals Career Symposium, along with FAS Co-Presidents Sarah Bigler and Ozana Plemenitash


 It has been another exceptionally active year for the Fine Arts Society, the Department of Art History’s CAS student club. 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 thanks and congratulations go to all of the club’s officers and board members for their energy, organization, creativity, and commitment. This year’s officers, many of whom are returning members, are Co-Presidents Sarah Bigler (Art History ’16) and Ozana Plemenitash (Art History ’16), Secretary Alex Guglielminetti (Journalism/Art History ’16), Treasurer Rex Wei (Gallatin ’17), and Social Media Coordinator Emma Holter (Art History ’17). The club’s board members include Marissa Nadeau (Art History ’17), Antonia Klabin (Art History ’17), and Shoshona Edelman (Global Liberal Studies ’18). Followers of our blog may have noticed the Society’s periodic round-up of art-related events around the city, a new feature that has helped to keep all of us in the know. Great thanks also go to the club’s faculty adviser, Professor Michele Matteini, for his enthusiasm and sage advice all year long.

The club kicked off the fall 2015 semester with a “Welcome Meeting” on September 17th that attracted thirty students. October included visits to two popular exhibitions. The first, to the “Picasso Sculpture” show at MoMA (October 3rd and 4th), was followed by lunch at the museum, with the first seven (of thirty) attendees dining for free. This visit was followed by a second to the Frick (October 11th), where ten students took in the show of Renaissance master Andrea del Sarto’s drawings. In the evening on November 4th the Society held an “Internships Panel,” at which several students spoke about their experiences, past and present, interning at museums, galleries, auction houses, and non-profits. This informative event, held in the Department of Art History and complete with refreshments, attracted twenty students. Eight students met at The Rubin Museum of Art (where Department of Art History alumna Beth Citron is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art) on November 22nd to see the exhibition, “Steve McCurry: India,” co-organized with the International Center of Photography. The club closed out the semester with an antidote to finals-week jitters in the form of a “Finals Bagels Bash,” held on the third floor of Silver Center, a popular event that attracted many grateful (and hungry) students.

The spring semester got off to swift start with a “Spring Semester hey,” pizza included, with fifteen students stopping by to learn more about the Society’s upcoming events. Ten students made the pilgrimage to the Met on Saturday morning, February 20th, to see the spectacular show, “Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France.” Next, on March 6th, nineteen intrepid students took in “Munch and Expressionism,” currently on view at Neue Galerie. Given how perfectly Munch’s famous Scream seems to visualize midterm anxiety, is it mere coincidence that this event took place right around midterms?! March 31st brought one of the most anticipated events of the academic year, the Young Professionals Career Symposium, held in the Department of Art History. That evening, more than thirty students heard presentations from departmental alumnus Riad Kherdeen, currently an M.A. student at the Institute of Fine Arts, who will enter Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley this fall; Flavia Grilli, an M.A. candidate in the Gallatin School; departmental alumna and former Fine Arts Society co-president Nora Gorman, who is Group Sales and Docent Assistant at the New York Historical Society; Jeffrey Waldron, Gallery Assistant at James Cohan Gallery; and departmental alumnus Alex Greenberger, who writes for ARTNews.

While April may be “the cruellest month” (quoth T. S. Eliot) with respect to weather, it is almost always the busiest one for the Fine Arts Society, and this academic year is no exception. The month opened with a visit (on April 2nd) to the MoMA exhibition “Degas: A Strange New Beauty,” an event in which ten students participated. And there’s more to come: on April 27th, the Fine Arts Society and the Grey Art Gallery are collaborating to host a tour of “Senior Showcases.” The evening of April 28th will bring the annual, perennially well-attended Professional Symposium, with distinguished speakers to be announced shortly.

Students interested in membership in the Fine Arts Society or desiring further information about the club’s activities should contact co-presidents Sarah Bigler ( or Ozana Plemenitash ( Please visit the Society’s Facebook page, too.


Kathryn A. Smith











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