Archive | February, 2017

Lecture by Charles Starks, Urban Planning and Policy at Hunter College; Research Fellow, New York Preservation Archive Project

27 Feb


New Yorks Forgotten Planning and Preservation Pioneer: Piecing Together the Legacy of George McAneny


Charles Starks, Adjunct Lecturer in Urban Planning and Policy at Hunter College; Research Fellow, New York Preservation Archive Project

 Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 pm

New York University Department of Art History

Silver Center, Room 301

100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)

George McAneny (1869–1953), New York’s most celebrated city planner and preservationist in the first half of the 20th century, had an extraordinarily diverse and consequential public career that spanned from the height of the Progressive Era to the early Cold War. He was elected to the presidencies of the Borough of Manhattan and the New York City Board of Aldermen, and led, at various times, the City Club, the Municipal Art Society, the Regional Plan Association, and the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society, among other groups. As a public official and advocate, McAneny expanded streets and subways, institutionalized planning and zoning, fought to preserve historic buildings, and, in his last years, was a central figure in the creation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This lecture will bring into focus the complex career of a man known to architects as an early champion of zoning, to preservationists as a hero who successfully battled Robert Moses, and to subway buffs as a dogged negotiator of the contracts that built the IRT and the BMT. Drawing on material from archives and published sources, the lecture will aim to show that McAneny’s vision and legacy, obscured in the decades after his death by the dominating figure of Moses, are worth remembering as New York struggles with the challenges of city building in the 21st century.

The manuscript on which the lecture is based can be downloaded from Research for this manuscript was generously supported by the New York Preservation Archive Project.

Sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Metropolitan Chapter, and the NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture.

–Free and open to the public–



Meredith Martin to Give Scholars Lecture with Gillian Weiss

27 Feb
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, Irving H. Jurow Lecture Hall, Silver Center 5-6 pm
Meredith Martin, Associate Professor of Art History and the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU; Gillian Weiss, Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University
Mediterranean maritime art, and the forced labor on which it depended, was fundamental to the politics and propaganda of France’s King Louis XIV (r. 1643-1715). However, most studies of French art in this period focus on Paris and Versailles. By examining a wide range of artistic productions—e.g., ship design, artillery sculpture, medals—this lecture draws attention to neglected genres of Mediterranean maritime art and to the varieties of forced labor such as convicts and enslaved Turks integral to the creation of artistic forms proclaiming the power of the Sun King.

Meredith Martin to Speak at Harvard

27 Feb



A talk by Daud Ali, South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania

27 Feb


Roundtable Discussion: Exhibition, Environment, Performance

27 Feb



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Red Grooms’s Burning Building, Delancey Street Museum, New York, 1959.
Photograph: © John Cohen. Courtesy L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, NYC

In conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Downtown:
Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965

This roundtable discussion will consider how artists in New York expanded both modes of artmaking and varieties of presentation in the alternative art spaces of the 1950s and ’60s. Moderated by Bruce Altshuler, director of Museum Studies, NYU, with speakers Claire Bishop, professor of Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY; André Lepecki, associate professor of Performance Studies, NYU; Julie Martin, director, Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.); and artists Red Grooms, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s MA Program in Museum Studies, Department of Performance Studies (TSOA), MA Program in Visual Arts Administration (Steinhardt), and Grey Art Gallery.

Free of charge, tickets required. Tickets available at the box office starting at 12 pm on the day of the event. Limit 2 tickets per person.

Starts 2/28/17 6:30 pm
Ends 2/28/17 8:00 pm
ParticipantsBruce Altshuler, Claire Bishop, André Lepecki, Julie Martin, Red Grooms, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman
LocationNYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place
CostFree of charge, tickets required (see above for more details)

The Fine Arts Society: People, Places, and Events 2016-17

27 Feb


Anyone who follows our blog knows that the Fine Arts Society has had an extraordinarily busy year thus far. 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. Tremendous thanks and hearty congratulations go to all of the club’s officers and board members for their seemingly inexhaustible energy as well as their organization and commitment. This year’s officers include Co-presidents Emma Holter (Art History’17) and Austin Bowes (Art History; Gender & Sexuality Studies minor ’18), Treasurer Chantal Chan (Art History; French minor ’19), Secretary Grace Lubin (Art History/Politics ’18), Marketing Chair Shoshana Edelman (French; Art History minor ’18), and E-Board members Summer Perlow (Art History ’17), Julia Oxman (Art History ’17), and Emiliya Trakhtenberg (Art History/Chemistry ’17).

The club kicked off the new academic year on September 15th with a “Welcome Meeting” that was attended by over sixty students — that must be a record! Two events followed in rapid succession at the end of the month. On September 25th, fifteen students took in “Diane Arbus: In the Beginningat the Met Breuer. Two days later, thanks to Professor Shelley Rice, the Society held an artist talk with renowned South African artist Nandipha Mntambo titled “Nandipha Mntambo: Works and Process.” Mntambo performs in multiple mediums and challenges notions of African and Western cultural identity, gender stereotypes, and femininity; about thirty students attended the event. On October 1st, a few E-board members led eight students around the “Bushwick Open Studios” event organized by Arts in Bushwick, while on October 23rd, five students viewed the Alma Thomas retrospective at the Studio Museum of Harlem.

November was jam-packed with exciting events. On the 6th, ten students saw “Take Me (I’m Yours)” at the Jewish Museum, an interactive exhibition that encouraged viewers to take home pieces of the art on display. On November 15th and 16th, the Society promoted and staffed the Grey Fine Arts Library’s book sale. The event was very well attended, and many students went home with gems for their personal book collections. Great thanks to our wonderful librarian, Audrey Christensen-Tsai, for her inspiration, support, and hard work, all of which made the sale such a success. The club treated ten students to admission to the Agnes Martin retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on November 19th, and the very next day, six students took in “Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest” at the New Museum. Looming term papers and final exams did little to dampen NYU students’ enthusiasm for art. On December 3rd, about nine students attended “Valentin de Boulogneat the Metropolitan Museum.

Hunting for bargains at the Department of Art History/Grey Fine Arts Library book sale, November 2016

Spring 2017 looks to be as dynamic a semester as was Fall 2016. The spring “Welcome Back” meeting took place on February 16th. The club viewed “Seurat’s Circus Sideshow” at the Metropolitan Museum on February 25th and will take in the Whitney Biennial on March 25th. The tremendously popular, annual Professional Symposium will take place on April 13th (mark your calendars!). Professor Edward Sullivan will give a talk on Iberian women artists in April. And April 30th will be a double-header, as the Society plans to visit two exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum: “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” and “We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women.” The club is planning its end-of-year picnic in Central Park, to be held on May 7th.


The Fine Arts Society at “Seurat’s Circus Sideshow,” February 2017


Among its other goals and activities, the club will promote art-related events happening on campus, including the senior showcase in the Tisch Photo Department and the Steinhardt BFA senior show, organized by the IFA’s Curatorial Committee.

Students interested in membership in the Fine Arts Society or desiring further information about the club’s activities should contact co-presidents Emma Holter ( or Austin Bowes ( Please visit the Society’s Facebook page, too.




Shelley Rice to Lecture at MIT

23 Feb