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DAH Lecture, Professor Michael Kwakkelstein

9 Mar



Rawson Projects

3 Mar




Rawson Projects is very excited to announce the second iteration of A Process Series, a sequence of mini solo exhibitions that invites each artist to transform the gallery space in order to present and explore the inspiration behind their most recent work.

From March 3 to 12, Wendy White will present a site-specific installation entitled JEANS.

Artist statement:

“The kind of jeans you wear visually defines your age, personality, and subculture, whether you like it or not. In a hyper-partisan climate, the kind of cigarettes you smoke broadcasts your political affiliation. The right’s assault on political correctness included overt reference to skinny jeans while distressed denim surged in popularity as perhaps a signifier of authenticity. Historically, Republican presidents wore jeans in an attempt to relate to the working class. Jimmy Carter literally defined his campaign on them. Reagan and GWB wore boot-cut, Texas-style jeans with ample room. When Obama threw out the first pitch for the 2009 All Star Game in dad jeans, he earned years of ridicule, and Mitt Romney’s high-waisted, light wash denim quickly became meme fodder. Bill Clinton in jeans was, to the GOP, the definition of subversion. In an installation of floor-to-ceiling denim with pockets containing everything from Marlboro Reds to 5-hour Energy, a series of distorted black and white photographs scrawled with text, and a group of Vice Chandeliers comprising cigarettes, smiley faces and Big Gulps, this installation explores the mythology and branding embedded in America’s most storied fashion innovation.”






February 2–March 26, 2017

More information here

For inquiries please contact the gallery at or call 212 256 0379

Conversation: Tenth Street Days

1 Mar



Lois Dodd, Cows—Red and Orange on Pink Ground, 1958
Oil on linen, 27 7/8 x 38 in. Courtesy the artist and Alexandre Gallery, New York

Monday, March 6, 7:00 pm
Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building
34 Stuyvesant Street (between 3rd Ave. and 9th St.)

Moderator Irving Sandler, art historian and critic, in conversation with artists Lois Dodd andPhilip Pearlstein, will reflect on their early days at the Tanager Gallery.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Art & Art Professions (Steinhardt) and Grey Art Gallery. Free of charge, capacity limited, and subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery January 10–April 1, 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please visit

Gallery Conversation

1 Mar



Inventing Downtown, Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 2017, with (in right foreground, left to right):
Alex Katz, Ada Ada, 1959; Sidney Geist, Studded Figure,1957; and Philip Pearlstein, Roman Ruin, 1961. Photograph by Nicholas Papananias

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965, on view at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery January 10–April 1, 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please visit
Gallery Conversation

Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 pm
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
100 Washington Square East

With Melissa Rachleff, curator of the exhibition and clinical associate professor, MA Program in Visual Arts Administration (Steinhardt), NYU

Free of charge, no reservations, and subject to change.

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