2022 Lectures will be added in the New Year

Artisan Lectures Spring 2021

Tuesday, June 15th at 6pm  In and of the Hand: Mechanisms of the Art 

Dr. Sharon Suchma, Art Historian

This will be an Online Lecture on Tuesday, June 15th at 6 p.m.

In this lecture, Dr. Sharon Suchma, Art Historian, will provide an insightful look at the representation of tools and mechanisms in art, and explain why they are often integral to the interpretation of paintings through the ages. To register, please click here. 

Tuesday June 1stWalking Manhattan Sideways – Side Street Businesses that have Stood the Test of time with Besty Polivy.

The book showcases the quintessential businesses that have survived over the course of many decades on the side streets of New York. While some are beloved and well-known establishments that continue to garner recognition, the book primarily shines a light on the astounding number of places that perennially fly under the radar.  To register, please click here

Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios

With Valerie Balint, Senior Program Manager of the Historic Artist’s Homes and Studios

This will be an Online Lecture on Tuesday, May 4th at 6 p.m.

 Valerie Balint, Senior Program Manager of the Historic Artist’s Homes and Studios (HAHS), will discuss artists throughout the country whose sites have been preserved and are part of this national program. Ms. Balint will place these sites in the context of her recently published, Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios, the first guidebook to the network, conveying each artist’s visual legacy and setting each site in the context of its architecture and landscape, which often were designed by the artists themselves.  To register, please click here.

Memory & Imagination: Stanford White in Detail With Samuel White, Consulting Partner, PBDW Architects

An Online Lecture on Tuesday, March 23rd at 6 p.m.

Author Samuel G. White, a great grandson of Stanford White, has been studying the work of Stanford White and the architecture of the American Renaissance for more than thirty years. In this talk, based on his acclaimed book, Stanford White in Detail, he will provide an insightful overview of White’s work and surveys the materials and sources that he combined to create a panoply of sumptuous effects. Once proposed as the “Commissioner of Beauty” for New York City, Stanford White was a master of architecture, interior design, and ornament, fearlessly juxtaposing materials and objects from myriad cultures and places. To register, for this online lecture, please click here.

Tuesday March 9th at 6pm – Suzanne Smeaton, Frame Historian and Consultant.

Drawing on over 40-plus years working with major museums and public and private collections, frame historian and consultant Suzanne Smeaton will share a range of stories of specific frames and interesting ‘behind the scenes’ details regarding their design, how they were selected, who made the choices, how they were removed or repatriated. 



Subway Maps: The Good, the Bad, and the Better?

 with John Tauranac,  Architectural and Social Historian

 This will be an Online Lecture on Tuesday, December 15th at 6pm

Please click here to register

 John Tauranac, architectural and social historian, will give an illustrated talk on the history of official subway maps, with an occasional unofficial map thrown in for good measure. Mr. Tauranac writes on New York City’s social and architectural history and teaches the subject at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, and he just happens to design maps as well.

John Tauranac fell into mapping as much by accident as design. In the early 1970s, he started writing about the undercover passageways that pedestrians could take in Midtown to stay dry in the wet and warm in the cold. Only to realize, to quote Mr. Tauranac “that what I was writing was an instant cure for insomnia.” With no training in studio art or graphics, he decided to chart the passageways of Midtown and Lower Manhattan. New York Magazine liked his roughs and had them metamorphosed into the “Undercover Maps.”

Mr. Tauranac went on chair the MTA subway map committee for the bulk of its existence in the late 1970s, and he was the creative director of the award-winning and critically praised 1979 MTA subway map. That map won its share of kudos – an editorial in The New York Times (“The Best Subway Map in Years”), a review by the Times architectural critic, Paul Goldberger (“At Last, A Usable Subway Map”), and he’s still at it.

He has designed dozens of maps since, including his street atlas, Manhattan Block By Block, and his newest subway map, which he believes is not just didactic, it is swellegant.

Mr. Tauranac’s books, include  Manhattan’s Little Secrets, The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, New York From the Air, and Elegant New York. He has also written numerous articles for many publications.

Suggested donation:$15 General Admission; $10 General Society Members and Senior Citizens; $5 Students.

Advance registration is required to receive the link to the zoom webinar platform.  Please click here to register

What goes on inside a paragraph of printed text? Find out how type works, how we read, and the different kinds of space in a paragraph.

INSIDE PARAGRAPHS: typographic fundamentals

with Cyrus Highsmith

Instructor at Rhode Island School of Design and Founder of Occupant Fonts

This will be an Online Lecture on Tuesday, December 1st at 6pm

Please click here to register.

What goes on inside a paragraph of printed text? In this talk, Cyrus Highsmith will discuss his book,Inside Paragraphs, an essential primer on the basics of typography, that focuses specifically on the role of printed text within a paragraph. During his lecture he will demonstrate, with engaging images and accessible explanations, the role of white space between letters, words, and lines.

His presentation will explain how type works, how we read, and illustrates the different kinds of space in a paragraph. He concludes by putting everything together with a discussion about paragraph settings. Mr. Highsmith will also discuss the process of putting the book together.

The talk will be of interest to anyone who wonders why typography matters and a reminder that awareness of typography is valuable for every reader, enhancing our pleasure of a well set document. “The world is full of typography”, writes Mr. Highsmith. “If you can teach yourself how to look, type is everywhere and ready to be enjoyed.”

Cyrus Highsmith is a typographer, teacher, author, and graphic artist. He teaches type design at the Rhode Island School of Design and leads workshops and lectures frequently in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and Japan. His type foundry, Occupant Fonts, offers dozens of original typefaces and clients include Rolling Stone, starwars.com, Ford, La Prensa Gráfica, ESPN, and El Universal. In 2017, he became creative director for Latin Type Development at Morisawa USA. He has received awards from the Type Directors Club and AIGA.

Inside Paragraphs is available for purchase through Princeton University Press

Suggested donation:

$15 General Admission; $10 General Society Members and Senior Citizens; $5 Students.

Advance registration is required to receive the link to the zoom webinar platform.  Please click here to register.


Future artisan lectures will be scheduled in 2021, please check back for details.

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.