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.




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