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13 Oct


Lecture: A Romp Through NYU’s Architecture, Built and Unbuilt

21 Sep



Left to right: Architects Richard Foster and Philip Johnson, donor Elmer Holmes Bobst, and NYU President James M. Hester in front of Bobst Library, 1972. Courtesy New York University Archives, Photograph CollectionEnter a caption

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30 pm
Silver Center, Room 300 (enter at 32 Waverly Place)

From Beaux-Arts to Brutalism, NYU has it all. Carol Krinsky, Professor of Art History, NYU, will survey the wide range of buildings created or adapted for use by generations of students. From the original Gothic Revival building of 1831 to classicism, Arts-and-Crafts, and Art Deco to late modernism—including Philip Johnson’s Bobst Library and proposed campus master plan—she will illuminate NYU’s panorama of architectural forms.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Art History and Grey Art Gallery.

Free of charge, no reservations, capacity limited. All programs are subject to change. Photo ID required for entrance to NYU buildings.

Offered in conjunction with the exhibition Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson, on view at the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, NYC, September 7–December 9, 2017. For more information on the exhibition, please

For a roster of the Grey’s upcoming public programs, visit our website.

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The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities.
For best access, please call 212/998-6780 before visiting.


British Modernism: Not What They Thought

11 Sep


Molly Rockhold (Urban Design & Architecture Studies ’17) was awarded the Albert S. Borgman Prize for Best Honors Thesis in Humanities

5 Jun


Molly’s thesis, written for both the Urban Design program and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, is titled “The ‘Proceso’s‘ Public: How Argentina’s Last Military Dictatorship Shaped the Urban and Social Landscapes of Buenos Aires through Public Space.” Professor Jon Ritter co-supervised the thesis for the Program for Urban Design & Architecture Studies.

Molly describes herself and her project:

Molly graduated this spring with a double major in Architecture and Urban Design Studies and Spanish. With a cross of cultures commonly said to be as curious as this combination of majors, she boasts both an Idahoan background as well as a strong, maternal platense (to differentiate from the commonly confused “porteño,” from Buenos Aires), Argentine influence from the city of La Plata. She made a swift escape to New York in 2013 and Buenos Aires in 2014 to study, eat and in search of replacing the great Rocky Mountains with skyscrapers, rickety infrastructure and, most importantly, empanadas, fernet and ramen.

This project began as an attempt to discover the relatively unexplored urban impacts of Argentina’s last and most gruesome dictatorship, searching to better understand daily life throughout these years and how the dictators attempted to create and manipulate their ideal society and political image. Inspired by both close friends and family who lived through the “Dirty War,” the 30,000 individuals who were disappeared and many others who were imprisoned and persecuted, it is the author’s hope that this study better introduces these topics to the English-speaking world and beyond.
Molly is honored to accept both the Borgman Thesis Prize for the Humanities and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese’s Award for Distinction in Honors Thesis. “The Proceso’s Public” would not have come to fruition without those that surrounded her during her upbringing and drew the inspiration to begin to dig deeper into history, human rights and the built environment. Furthermore, this project could not have been properly completed without the instrumental support and assistance from a number of inspiring advisors, namely Jon Ritter and Gabriel Giorgi, professors, a close network of family and friends and the many witnesses, experts, researchers, architects and friends who stepped forward to answer a vast array of questions, tell their stories and share their experiences.”

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–


Urban Design Summer in London!

10 Feb

Financial Assistance available as well as Gilman Scholarship for Federal Pell Grant recipients!