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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.

"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.

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.

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."

Aristotle's Email: Friendship in the Cyber Age

Timothy J. Madigan, Rochester
Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and other such programs allow us to be "friends" with hundreds, if not thousands of people. But just what makes a person a friend?

New York City as "Jerusalem on the Hudson:" The Spiritual Legacy of the Hudson River School of Painters

Ronald J. Brown, Elmhurst
Discover the mystical power of the landscape of the Hudson River Valley that would one day give rise to a new civilization.

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?

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

The American Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State

Bruce A. Austin, Rochester
In this slide-lecture, learn more about the American Arts and Crafts Movement - from 1900 - 1920 - including Stickley mission oak furniture, art pottery, and Roycroft art metal.

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.

Masterpiece Comics: Looking at Literature Through the Cartoon Medium

Robert Sikoryak, New York
This slide show explores how literary classics have been adapted into cartoons, with examples from ninety years of comic strips and graphic novels.

Abstract Expressionism and the African American Artist

Jo-Ann Graham, Riverdale
This presentation explores the role of the African American artist in the historic and contemporary world of abstract painting. The program will impart a greater awareness of the breadth of paintings that have been created by African American artists. Too often, the common expectation is that Black artists' paintings are limited to representational works. This perception is often void of an informed awareness of the powerful and critically acclaimed work of Black artists who are abstractionists. The presentation will include consideration of the works of first-generation abstractionists such as Norman Lewis, second-generation abstractionists such as Ed Clark, mid-career artists, and emerging artists.

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.

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