Now in its tenth season, the Artisan Lecture Series pays tribute to the art of craftsmanship by featuring master artisans who lecture about the intricacies of their specialized crafts. The Artisan Lecture Series promotes the work and art of skilled craftsmen to assist in ensuring their unique knowledge is understood and carried forth for future generations.  

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Fall 2019 Artisan Lectures

On Tuesday October 15that 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 19th Century, 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 LandmarkFor 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. 

Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m, 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. In conversation with Elizabeth Goldstein, President of the Municipal Art Society New York, Mr. Greenberg will discuss his book, for which the photographer undertook a walk of every block in Manhattan documenting, through his lens, those urban infrastructural features that lay hidden in plain view.

Tuesday, November 19th at 6.30 pm, The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure with Cynthia S. Brenwall, Conservator and Art Historian, New York City Municipal Archives.  Drawing on the unparalleled collection of original designs for Central Park in the New York City Municipal Archives, Cynthia Brenwall  will tell the story of the creation of New York’s great public park, from its conception to its completion. Her talk will be based on her recently published book, The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure. The material in this magnificent book ranges from the original winning competition entry; to meticulously detailed maps; to plans and elevations of buildings; to intricate engineering drawings of infrastructure elements; and describes how once it opened, Central Park became an amenity to be enjoyed by all citydwellers, whatever their station in life. 

On Tuesday, November 26th at 6.30pm, Baroque Virtuosity, a musical evening with a program of virtuosic works by European composers spanning close to 200 years, from the very early Baroque music of Diomese Cate to the late Baroque/Early Classical period music of Antonio Soler. The evening will include a short talk by violin-maker Lukas Wronski on the history of string making. Featuring Kinga Augustyn on Baroque Violin; Christopher Morrongiello, Archlute, Baroque Guitar and Lute; and Rebecca Pechefsky, Harpsichord. 

On Tuesday, December 3rd at 6.30pm,  in Hammer & Homework/Auction and Education: the Impact of Connoisseurship and Provenance on the Valuation of Works of Art with Ann-Marie Richard, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Director, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design. In this talk Ms. Richard 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. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Spring 2019 Artisan Lectures

On Tuesday, February 26th – Tim Alpaugh, artisan, will discuss the Craft and History of Golf. To register, please click here.

On Tuesday, March 12, Artisan Jeff Wasson, an artist who specializes in making historical reproductions of medieval armor, will discuss his trade.  To register, please click here.

On Tuesday, March 26th, acclaimed Korean Chef,  Sohui Kim will describe her profession and talk about her restaurant, her projects and her cookbooks, The Good Fork and Korean Home Cooking.  To register, please click here.

On Tuesday, April 9th, atelier Berthold Hoffmann, will discuss the design and manufacturing of cast iron cookware and sterling silver fine tableware. To register, please click  here

On Thursday, April 25– Robert Wiesenberger will discuss the new book,  Transitional Moments: Marcel Breuer, the W. C. Vaughan Co. and the Bauhaus In America. To register,  please click here.

On Tuesday, May 7th, artisan Bruno Paulin Lopez, master upholsterer will provide an overview of his craft. To register, please click here.

On Tuesday, May 14th,  at 7pm, a special screening of the acclaimed documentary,The World Before Your Feet, the story of Matt Green’s odyssey to walk the 8,000 miles of roads and paths of New York City.  Matt Green will be present along with the film maker Jeremy Workman.  To register please click here.

On  Tuesday June 11, Nalina Moses will discuss her book  Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw – which explores the reasons digitally-trained architects draw by hand. To register, please click here.

On Tuesday June 25,  Vanessa Hoheb and Thomas Donahue will discuss The American Artists’ Hand Archive, an archive of bronze life hand castings working in participation with many of America’s most venerated visual artists including Chuck Close, Jasper Johns and Maya Lin. To register, please click here.

Unless other wise indicated, admission is : $15 General admission; $10 General Society members & Senior Citizens; $5 Students.

All lectures begin at 6.30 p.m. 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.