After carefully considering the rapidly changing situation in New York City around novel coronavirus (COVID-19),  the General Society will be suspending all public lecture programs for the time being.

THE GENERAL SOCIETY

The Labor, Literature and Landmarks Series and Artisan Lecture series continues a tradition of public lectures that started at the Society in 1837.  

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2019 Lectures in Chronological Order.

On February, Feb 1st,  Irene O’Garden described her riveting new memoir, Risking The Rapids: How My Wilderness Adventure Healed My Childhood. 

On Tuesday, February 26th – Tim Alpaugh, artisan, discussed the restoration of The Craft and History of Golf.  

On Tuesday, March 12, Artisan Jeff Wasson, an artist who specializes in making historical reproductions of medieval armor, described his trade.

On Tuesday, March 19th, Landmark Lecture, Janet W. Foster, architectural historian and historic preservation consultant discussed Pattern Books and 19thCentury American Building. 

On Tuesday, March 26th, acclaimed Korean Chef,  Sohui Kim  described her profession and talk about her restaurants, her projects and her cookbooks, The Good Fork and Korean Home Cooking.  

On Tuesday, April 2nd, Julie Dobrow, discussed the fascinating lives of Mabel Loomis Todd, Emily Dickinson’s first editor, and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham in Born Too Soon, Born Too Late, presented in partnership with the Victorian Society.  Free admission. 

On Tuesday, April 9th, atelier Berthold Hoffmann, described the design and manufacturing of cast iron cookware and sterling silver fine tableware. 

On Tuesday April 16th,  Michael Devonshire, Director of Conservation, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates  discussed Through the Glass: The Evolution of the Window in Historic Buildings. 

On Thursday, April 25– Robert Wiesenberger, discussed Transitional Moments: Marcel Breuer, the W. C. Vaughan Co. and the Bauhaus In America. 

On Tuesday, May 7th, artisan Bruno Paulin Lopez, master upholsterer provided an overview of his craft.

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 was present along with the film maker Jeremy Workman.

On Tuesday, May 21st, Jean-Francois D. Furieri, Founder of Iconoplast, discussed The Restoration, Preservation and Conservation of Architectural Ornamental Plaster. 

On Tuesday June 4 – Dan Holohan, International Authority on Steam Heating, examined the Ten Common Mistakes Made about Steam Heating.

On Tuesday June 11, Nalina Moses discussed her book  Single-Handedly: Contemporary Architects Draw – which explores the reasons digitally-trained architects draw by hand.

On Thursday June 13, Grant Glickson, President of the NewsGuild of New York, Local 31003 discussed the Guild. 

On Tuesday, June 18th, Christopher P. Pinto, Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti spoke on The Preservation of Cast Iron Constructionre.

On Tuesday June 25,  Vanessa Hoheb and Thomas Donahue discussed 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.

Monday, September 9th, Condé Nast: The Man and His Empire with Susan Ronald, biographer, discussed her biography of Condé Nast, the publishing legend.

Tuesday, October 15thArt historian, Sharon Suchma, PhD, explored  The Marriage of Photography and Architecture.

Tuesday, October 22nd, New York’s Original Penn Station: The Rise and Tragic Fall of an American Landmark with writer Paul Kaplan.

Tuesday, October 29th, Codex New York: Typologies of the City,  explorations and observances about New York City by noted urban photographer Stanley Greenberg.  

Tuesday, November 19th, The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure with Cynthia S. Brenwall, Conservator and Art Historian, New York City Municipal Archives

Tuesday, November 26th, a musical evening, Baroque Virtuosity with Kinga Augustyn, Christopher Morrongiello, Rebecca Pechefsky and Lukas Wronski.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 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.

Please click here for additional information on the Artisan Lectures, and the Labor, Literature and Landmark lectures. 

The Labor, Literature and Landmarks Series and Artisan Lecture series program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.