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The Fine Arts Society: Ring Out the Old Board, Ring in the New!

15 May

The sad news: we must bid farewell to this year’s simply stellar Fine Arts Society executive board — Co-Presidents Emma Holter and Austin Bowes, Treasurer Chantal Chan, Secretary Grace Lubin, Marketing Chair Shoshana Edelman, and E-Board members Summer Perlow, Julia Oxman, and Emiliya Trakhtenberg. Thank you all for your remarkable work, which helped to make this year a truly spectacular one for the Department of Art History’s CAS student club. And congratulations and best wishes to all of the executive board members who are graduating this year. We will miss you, and we hope that you will keep in touch.

The good news: it is a pleasure to introduce the Fine Arts Society’s executive board for the 2017-18 academic year:

Co-Presidents:  Shoshana Edelman (French/Art History ’18) and Sophia Do (Art History/French ’18)

Secretary:  Eduardo Sotomayor (Art History ’19)

Treasurer:  Alice Sebban (Art History ’19)

PR/Marketing Chair:  Chantal Chan (Art History/French ’19)

Executive Board Members:  Victoria Bik (Gallatin, concentrating in English Literature/Art History/Music History ’19), Austin Bowes (Art History; Gender & Sexuality Studies minor ’18), Tony Cui (Art History ’19), Julia Drayson (Art History; Public Policy minor ’18), and Lily Sadeghi-Nejad (Urban Design & Architecture Studies; Business Management minor ’19)

It is great to see that the board will have a mix of energetic returning members and equally energetic new ones. Many thanks to all of you for your willingness to serve on the board of the Department of Art History’s CAS student club.





From the Fine Arts Society

26 Apr

Our last events of the semester are coming up in a few weeks, so here is a rundown of everything we have planned:

Join us on Sunday, April 30th at 1pm for
We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-1985
at the Brooklyn Museum

Focusing on the work of black women artists, this exhibition examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism.  It is the first exhibition to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color–distinct from the primarily white, middle-class mainstream feminist movement–in order to reorient conversations about race, feminism, political action, art production, and art history in this significant historical period.The Fine Arts Society & Department of Art History
are holding a two-part symposium on May 2nd and May 3rd from 6:30-8pm inSilver Room 300
Intersectionality and Social Responsibility: Approaching a Globalized Art World

The symposium was conceived as an opportunity for professors and students to discuss issues surrounding the state of the increasingly globalized art world and the many political and socio-cultural issues that come with it.  The goal is to discuss basic philosophical issues regarding defining art in a Western and non-Western context (including the curatorial and museological concerns surrounding these issues) in the first session. The second session will center around more political strategies for rising art-world leaders.
We feel that given the current political climate and the possibility of the elimination of the NEA and NEH, this symposium will serve as a constructive and community-building event for the Department of Art History.  We also encourage any questions, comments or concerns regarding the sensitive topics and nature of the event.Finally, tomorrow April 27th at 6:30pm in Silver Room 301
Nancy Turner, Conservator of Manuscripts,
from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles
will be presenting a lecture
Mechanisms of Workshop Practice in Italian Trecento Illumination:
Communication, Emulation, Collaboration, Speed

She will be speaking about her career conserving the 14th-century Italian manuscripts in the Getty Museum’s collection.  If you are interested in conservation, technical art history, workshop practices, Late Medieval or Early Renaissance art, don’t miss this!



Fine Arts Society Professional Symposium

12 Apr



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.




Last FAS event of the semester: Valentin de Boulogne at the Met!

2 Dec


NYU FAS Event: Saturday 12/3
Valentin de Boulogne
at the Metropolitan Museum of Artunnamed-68

Join Fine Arts Society
for our last event of the semester!
Valentin de Boulogne was the most prolific French follower of Caravaggio. This major loaned exhibition is organized by the Metropolitan Museum and the Musee du Louvre and collects nearly all sixty of his surviving paintings.

Meet: in front of the information desk in the lobby of the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1PM
Where: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, take the 4/5/6 to the 86th Street subway stop, and walk east three avenues, and down to 82nd Street
Afterward seeing the exhibition altogether, feel free to see any of the other incredible exhibitions on view at the Met this season (including “Jerusalem: Every People Under Heaven,” “Max Beckmann” & “Fragonard: Drawing Triumphant”) .


FAS Events: Guggenheim & New Museum!

18 Nov


NYU FAS Event: Saturday 11/19
Agnes Martin Retrospective
at the Guggenheim Museum

Meet in the lobby of the Guggenheim Museum at 12pm(noon)

If you would like to attend, RSVP by replying to this email!
From the Guggenheim Museum: “For more than forty years, Agnes Martin (1912–2004) created serene paintings composed of grids and stripes. With an attention to the subtleties of line, surface, tone, and proportion, she varied these forms to generate a body of work impressive both in its intricacy and focus. Martin’s commitment to this spare style was informed by a belief in the transformative power of art, in its ability to conjure what she termed “abstract emotions”—happiness, love, and experiences of innocence, freedom, beauty, and perfection. This retrospective, her first comprehensive survey in over two decades, presents the scope of Martin’s output, including her biomorphic abstractions of the 1950s, signature gridand stripe compositions, and final paintings. Together these works trace Martin’s practice as she developed and refined a format to express her singular vision.”

NYU FAS Event: Sunday 11/20
Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest
at the New Museum

Join Fine Arts Society to see the New Museum’s survey of the Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition of video art and multimedia installations.
Meet in the lobby of the New Museum and bring your NYU ID
From the New Museum: “Over the past thirty years, (Pipilotti) Rist (b. 1962) has achieved international renown as a pioneer of video art and multimedia installations. Her mesmerizing works envelop viewers in sensual, vibrantly colored kaleidoscopic projections that fuse the natural world with the technological sublime. Referring to her art as a “glorification of the wonder of evolution,” Rist maintains a deep sense of curiosity that pervades her explorations of physical and psychological experiences. Her works bring viewers into unexpected, all-consuming encounters with the textures, forms, and functions of the living universe around us.

Stay up to date on cool art happenings in New York City every week:

Now on view: 

  • Tales of Time, the second exhibition organized by the Chinese Art Initiative, now open at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Max Beckmann in New York now open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde now open at the NYU Grey Art Gallery
  • Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art now open at the Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age now open at the Neue Galerie
  • Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven now open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Kerry James Marshall: Mastry now open at the Met Breuer
  • The Shape of Things: Photographs by Robert B. Menschel now open at MoMA
  • Nude: From Modigliani to Currin now open at Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Ave)

NYU Museum Gateway

Explore as many of NYC’s museums as you can! Don’t forget to use this amazing resource that NYU provides. With your student ID you gain FREE entry (often times with additional perks!) to many of the City’s most popular museums! Check out the list below:


Book Sale Today!

15 Nov

unnamed-65The Department of Art History Library is having its first ever book sale
Tuesday, November 15th through Wednesday, November 16th
in the Abby Grey Library Reading Room on the 3rd Floor of Silver.
Hundreds of art history textbooks to add to your personal library!
Everything is $5 on Tuesday$3 on Wednesday (& $1 books in the last hour).