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"Washington Crossing the Delaware": The Story Behind the Painting

Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan, New York
This lecture provides an in-depth analysis of events culminating in Washington's pivotal victory at Trenton early in the morning of December 26, 1776, linked to Leutze's iconic painting.

Poking Fun: Political Puns and Social Satire in the Genre Paintings of William Sidney Mount

Elizabeth Kahn Kaplan, New York
Subtle humor injected into scenes of country life by this world-renowned 19th century Long Island artist brought smiles to the lips of those in the know.

Inventing Fashion: Iroquois Beadwork and the "Art of Flowering"

Deborah Holler, East Syracuse
In the mid-19th century, Iroquois women found a means of economic recovery, by inventing the artistry of "Indian-ness" that influenced women's fashions around the world.

How Cars Conquered Our Cities

Brian Ladd, Altamont
We have rebuilt our cities to fit our cars. How have cars changed cities? What have we gained and lost in the process?

The Legacy of New Deal Art on Long Island

Natalie Naylor, Uniondale
Many WPA artists painted "historic fictions" of scenes for public buildings in the 1930s. Their murals' blend of facts and fabrications illuminate our local history.

Behind the Bright Lights: The Great Broadway Theaters

Anthony W. Robins, New York
Visitors to New York, dazzled by the lights of Broadway, often overlook Broadway's other unique artistic and historical resource: the theaters themselves.

Protest & Celebration: Community Murals in New York City

Jane Weissman, New York
The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote, "Murals are the people's blackboard." From prehistoric cave paintings to today's painted walls, via Italian Renaissance frescoes and the work of Mexico's Los Tres Grande, community murals have beautified, educated, celebrated, protested, organized and, on occasion, inspired action.

Surrealism and the Search for the Marvelous through the Visual Arts

Dennis Raverty, New York
The Surrealists descended into a realm almost as dark as hell itself: the unconscious mind. This lecture shows how they tried to let in the light.

America the Beautiful: Women and the Flag

Trudie Grace, New York
This slide-illustrated lecture focuses on women with the American flag or wearing flag-inspired outfits in posters, on sheet music covers, on postcards, etc., from 1860 through 1945.

Imagining the "Highlands of the Hudson" in Nineteenth-Century America

Stephen P. Rice, Mahwah
See how artists and writers in the nineteenth century depicted one of the most scenic and celebrated stretches of the Hudson River, the "Highlands of the Hudson."

Alluring Androids and Robots in Film, Photography and Art

Julie Wosk, Throggs Neck
The Stepford Wives, Lara Croft, and the advent of ultra-realistic female robots are among the many images that reveal our fascination with artificial women who seem alive.

Nature: From Howling Wilderness to Vacation Destination

Charles Mitchell, Elmira
How did the Hudson River School painters and Dr. Seuss transform nature from a howling wilderness into a retreat beloved for its sublime beauty and recreation?

Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks

Charles Mitchell, Elmira
From the Catskills, Niagara Falls, and Central Park to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon: Learn how these places came to be, and what they say about our relationship to nature.

Images of the African Diaspora in New York City Community Murals

Jane Weissman, New York
Based on the traveling exhibition of the same title, "Images of the African Diaspora in New York City Community Murals" explores how African and Caribbean art, history, religion and myth have influenced mural themes and content.

Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel

John B. Manbeck, Brooklyn
The first bridge to connect the cities of Brooklyn and New York introduced a majestic monument of stone and steel as well as a practical connector that permitted New York City to prosper and grow.

New Perspectives on Renaissance Art and the Rise of Humanism

Philip Gould, New York
The rise of Humanism is most readily traceable in European paintings from the 15th to 17th centuries. The place of the artist is central to this critical development.

Women Illustrators of the Golden Age of Illustration

Helen Goodman, New York
However one describes success, it describes the work and careers of many women illustrators active during the Golden Age of Illustration (1880 - 1914).

The Arts and the Sacred in Native America

Nadema Agard, N/A
This interdisciplinary and multimedia presentation explores the arts as sacred vehicles and repositories of cosmic knowledge in Native American cultures.

Toon Town: Comic Books and New York City

Kent Worcester, New York
Comic book stories are often set in New York's familiar streetscapes. This talk explores comics' urban roots and asks how the city's future looks through the lens of the comic book.

New York City's Lower East Side: A Revolving Door for Immigrants

Thorin Tritter, Tenafly
This lecture traces the waves of immigrants that have made the Lower East Side their home over the past 180 years, between 1820 and today.

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