General Society Fall Lectures Series Commence on September 9th

The General Society Lecture Series will launch on Monday, September 9that 6:30 p.m. with CONDÉ NAST: The Man and His Empire, the first biography in over thirty years of Condé Nast, the publishing legend who created Vogue and Vanity Fair and other illustrious publications.  The book’s author, Susan Ronald a British-American biographer and historian who has penned a number of critically acclaimed titles will be present to discuss the life of an extraordinary American success story.  To register, please click here. 

This will be followed by on Tuesday October 8that 6:30 p.m. with a lecture presented by art historian, Sharon Suchma, PhD, entitled  The Marriage of Photography and Architecture,Since the birth of photography in the 19thCentury, architecture has been a constant subject and well-suited partner. This talk will look at some examples of how images of human-made structures reveal more than just the structures themselves, representing exploration, construction, social conditions, lifestyle, and art movements.

The next lecture on Tuesday, October 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. will feature Paul Kaplan who will recount the trials and triumphs of New York’s Original Penn Station: The Rise and Tragic Fall of an American LandscapeFor decades, Penn Station was a center of elegance and pride in New York City. In the mid-1960s, the station was tragically destroyed. The loss inspired the birth of preservation laws in the city that would save other landmarks like Grand Central.

Codex New York:  Typologies of the City  is the latest book on explorations and observances about New York City by noted urban photographer Stanley Greenberg. Mr. Greenburg will be here on Tuesday October 29th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss his book which creates a visual taxonomy of the city by isolating and appreciating its seminal architectural components.  A native New Yorker, the photographer walks the five boroughs documenting, through his lens, those things that lay beneath the city’s surfaces.

On Tuesday, December 3rd at 6.30pm, Ann-Marie Richard, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Director, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, New York, will discuss how the intersection of connoisseurship, conservation and provenance impacts the value of collections within the categories of fine art, decorative arts and design. Ms. Richard will also briefly describe the history of the Institute of Art program and what her role entails. The institute began as a small connoisseurship program at Sotheby’s in 1969, borne out of necessity to train auction house specialists. The institute has now evolved to be at the vanguard of art professional business education and object based learning.