Events

The Institute offers a diverse array of public programs throughout the academic year. Programs include annual lecture series, special lectures, symposia, and conferences which cover an extensive range of time periods and genres.

All public programs take place at the Institute, at 1 East 78th Street, unless otherwise noted.

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2014

September

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:00 PM
Latin American Forum
Modes of Defiance: Latin American Art, 1970 to the Present
A special panel in conjunction with the exhibition Bearing Witness: Art and Resistance in Cold War Latin America at John Jay College, curated by Roberto Visani, Estrellita B. Brodsky, and Pierre-Yves Linot, with the assistance of Lydia Shestopalova.
Speakers:
Joaquin Barriendos, Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Estrellita Brodsky, Independent Curator
Claudia Calirman, Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jason Dubs
, Museum Research Consortium Project Manager, The Museum of Modern Art
Moderated by Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Friday, September 12, 2014
The Koons Effect
Organized by the Whitney Museum, on the occasion of the exhibition Jeff Koons: A RetrospectiveOpen link in new window
Please visit this page for more information.
Free and open to the public. Register hereOpen link in new window.

Friday, September 12, 2014, 6:00 PM
China Project Workshop
Susan Whitfield, Director of the International Dunhuang Project, British Library
The Silk Road Contextualised: Stupas, Silk and Slaves
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:00 PM
The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Jeffrey Hurwit, Philip H. Knight Professor of Art History and Classics, University of Oregon
Who Signed What? Artists and Signatures in Ancient Greece
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

October


Thursday, October 2, 2014, 6:00 PM
Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art
Gülru Necipoğlu, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Persianate Images Between Europe and China: The “Frankish Manner” in the Diez and Topkapı Albums, ca. 1350-1450
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6:30 PM
Artists at the Institute
Charles Simonds
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 5:30 PM
Summer Projects Day 2014: Digging Deeper: Conservation in the Field
A series of informal talks by Conservation Center students about their summer experiences on IFA-sponsored and co-sponsored archaeological excavations.
This event is open only to the IFA community.

Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:00 PM
China Project Workshop
Susan Beningson, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum
Bridging Past and Future: The New Chinese Art Galleries at the Brooklyn Museum
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Monday, October 13, 2014, 6:00 PM
Discussion with Professor Lina Bolzoni (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)
Organized by the New York Renaissance Consortium
Open to the public. No reservations necessary.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
The Contemporary Museum in Italy since 1990Open link in new window
PLEASE NOTE: This conference takes place at NYU Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy, and will be livestreamed simultaneousy on the IFA website and www.lapietradialogues.org/Open link in new window
This conference will bring together curators, cultural officials, scholars, and directors of museums and fondazioni to discuss the status of the Italian museum today. Click hereOpen link in new window for more information and a list of speakers.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:00 PM
IFA Archaeological Projects
This event is open only to the IFA community.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:30 PM
The New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium
Lena Papazoglou-Manioudaki, Curator Emerita, Prehistoric Collection, Athens National Archaeological Museum.
Life and Death in Mycenaean Achaea: a new settlement and a tholos tomb on Mygdalia hill, near Patras
Open to the public.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 12:30 PM
Works In Progress
Presentation by Katie Wright
This event is open only to the IFA community.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 6:00 PM
The Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures
Zirwat Chowdhury, Visiting Assistant Professorof Art History and Humanities, Reed College
Architecture between Caricature and Failure
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 5:30PM
Jens Stenger, Associate Conservation Scientist, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Yale University
Non-Invasive Color Restoration of Mark Rothko's Harvard Murals Using Light from a Digital Projector
No RSVP required
Arrive early—seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis

Friday, October 24, 2014
China Project Workshop Symposium
Painting under the Five Dynasties, Liao, and Northern Song Dynasties
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:30 PM
Artists at the Institute
Simon Fujiwara
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 12:30 PM
Works In Progress
Presentation by Professor Noemie Etienne.
This event is open only to the IFA community.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:00 PM
Archaeological Research at Selinunte
Clemente Marconi, Director of Excavations at Selinunte; James R. McCredie Professor in the History of Greek Art and Archaeology, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:00 PM
The Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures
Caitlín Eilís Barrett
, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Archaeology Program, ​Cornell University
Identifying with the ‘Other’: Dining with Painted Pygmies in Pompeii
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

November

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 6:00 PM
The Great Hall Exhibitions Opening Event
Join us for the opening of the Fall exhibition, EXPAND//FOLD//COLLAPSE//Sculptures by Marta Chilindron. During the event, the artist will invite participants to interact with her manipulable, sculptural works.
Open to the public.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:00 PM
Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art
Renata Holod, College for Women Class of 1963 Professor in the Humanities, History of Art Department; Curator, Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
A Tumulus in the Pontic Steppe: Reconstructing Ritual, Community and Polity in the early Thirteenth Century CE
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Friday, November 7 – Saturday, November 8, 2014
Mellon Research Initiative
From ‘Surface’ to ‘Substrate’: The Archaeology and Art History of Material Transfers
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:00 PM
Walter W.S. Cook Annual Lecture
Ian Wardropper, Director, The Frick Collection
The Notorious Guises: Portraits on a French Renaissance Enamel Plaque in The Frick Collection
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00 PM
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Niria E. Leyva-Gutiérrez, Assistant Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, Long Island University
Transfigurations and Transformations: Religious Imagery in Seventeenth-Century Puebla
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:30 PM
The New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium
Konstantinos Chalikias, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History and Archaeology, University of Athens
Studying patterns of maritime connectivity and offshore island exploitation around Crete during the Bronze Age
Open to the public.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:30 PM
Works In Progress
Presentation by Professor Alexander Nagel.
This event is open only to the IFA community.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:00 PM
Latin American Forum featuring The Great Hall Exhibitions Artist Marta Chilindrón
A Conversation with Marta Chilindrón and Edward J. Sullivan
Open to the public. Please check back for RSVP details.

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:30 PM
Director’s Extracurricular led by IFA Students
A conversation with Sheena Wagstaff, Chairman of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Event details to follow.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 12:30 PM
Works In Progress
Presentation by Rachel Kaplan.
This event is open only to the IFA community.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:00 PM
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Barbara Mundy, Associate Professor, Fordham University
The death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the life of Mexico City
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

December

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 6:00 PM
The Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures
Joshua Shannon, Associate Professor, Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of ​Maryland
Photorealism: A History of Surfaces
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 5:30 PM
Works In Progress
Presentation by Patrick C. Salland.
This event is open only to the IFA community.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00 PM
Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art
Avinoam Shalem, Riggio Professor of the History of the Arts of Islam, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
A Receptacle for the Absent Body: The Chasuble of Thomas Becket in Fermo
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:00 PM
China Project Workshop
Tao Wang, Senior Vice President, Department Head, Chinese Works of Art, Sotheby's
Lecture Title Forthcoming
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:00 PM
Archaeological Research at Aphrodisias in 2014
Roland R.R. SmithDirector of Excavations at AphrodisiasLincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, University of Oxford; Research Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Alexander SokolicekField Director of Excavations at Aphrodisias, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Please check back for RSVP information.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 6:00 PM
Latin American Forum
Conceptualism in Latin America: A Conversation with Luis Camnitzer, Alexander Alberro, and Robert Slifkin
Speakers:
Luis Camnitzer, Artist
Alexander Alberro, Virginia Bloedel Wright Associate Professor of Art History, Barnard College
Robert Slifkin, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Moderated by Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU
Please check back for RSVP information.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:00 PM
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Thomas Kaufmann, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Reflections on World Art History
Open to the public. Click hereOpen link in new window to RSVP.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:30 PM
The New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium
Tristan Carter, Associate Professor of Anthropology, MacMaster University
All that glisters is not gold: EB II Mochlos in its Eastern Mediterranean Context
Open to the public.

2015

January

Please check back in January 2015 for RSVP information.

Friday, January 30, 2015, 3:00 PM
IFA-Frick In-House Symposium
This event is open only to the IFA community.

February

Please check back in January 2015 for RSVP information.

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 6:00 PM
Latin American Forum
Susan Aberth, Associate Professor of Art History, Bard College
The Visual Culture of Occultism: Surrealist Women Artists in Context

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 6:00 PM
The Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures
James Elkins, ​E.C. Chadbourne Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
The End of the Theory of the Gaze

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 6:00 PM
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Denise Birkhofer, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin University
The Body and the Void in the Art of Mira Schendel and Eva Hesse

Thursday, February 19, 2015, 6:00 PM
Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art
Imran bin Tajudeen, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore
Regional and Transregional Negotiations in Southeast Asia's Islamic Architecture: New Approaches

Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 6:30 PM
Artists at the Institute
Sharon Hayes

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 6:00 PM
The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Jenifer Neils,Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts, Department of Classics, Case Western Reserve University
The Shield of the Athena Parthenos: A New Reconstruction

March

Please check back in January 2015 for RSVP information.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 6:30 PM
Artists at the Institute
Tehching Hsieh

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:00 PM
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Rachel Weiss, Professor of Arts Administration and Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Uses and Re-Uses of the Radical Pasts

Saturday, March 7, 2015
Representations of Musicians in the Coroplastic Art of the Ancient World: Iconography, Ritual Contexts and Functions
A special conference organized by Angela Bellia and Clemente Marconi
Event details to follow.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:00 PM
Latin American Forum
A Round Table on Curating Modern and Contemporary Arts of the Americas
Speakers:
Richard Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum
Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts, The Americas Society
Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Curator, El Museo del Barrio
Randall Griffey, Associate Curator of Modern American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:00 PM
A Round Table with Dealers and Auction House Experts in Modern and Contemporary Art of the Americas
Event details to follow.

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:00 PM
Latin American Forum
A Round Table with Dealers and Auction House Experts in Modern and Contemporary Art of the Americas
Event details to follow.

Friday, March 13, 2015, 6:00 PM
The China Project Workshop
Jonathan Hay, Deputy Director; Ailsa Mellon Bruce Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts - NYU
Teaching Chinese Painting Using Digital Technology

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:00 PM
The Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures
Carol Armstrong, Professor, History of Art, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Yale University
Lecture Title Forthcoming

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 6:00 PM
Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art
Islamization and Material Culture in Eastern Africa: Recent Fieldwork
Mark Horton, Professor in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol
Facing Mecca, across the ocean; early Islamic architecture in East Africa
and
Bertrand HirschProfesseur, Université de Paris-I, Directeur, Centre de Recherches Africaines
Ten years of research on medieval Islamic cities of the Horn of Africa : a critical review

Friday, March 27th, 2015
Mellon Research Initiative
Surfaces (15th-19th Centuries)
Organized by Noemie Etienne, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Fine Arts-NYU
[Please check back soon for more details]

April

Please check back in January 2015 for RSVP information.

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 6:00 PM
The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Verena Gassner, Professor, University of Vienna
The Hellenistic Sanctuaries of Velia

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6:00 PM
The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Paul Zanker, Professor of Storia dell'Arte Antica, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
Lecture Title Forthcoming

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:00 PM
Latin American Forum
Artist Liliana Porter in Conversation with Edward J. Sullivan


Friday, April 17, 2015, 2:00 – 5:30 PM

IFA-Frick Symposium

Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 PM
The New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium
Event details to follow.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6:00 PM
The Daniel H. Silberberg Lectures
Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Exhibiting Failure(s): Architecture's paradoxical life on display at MoMA since 1932

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6:00 PM
Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art
Art and Architecture of the Deccan: a Conversation
Navina Haidar, Curator, Department of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
and
Phillip B. Wagoner, Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, Professor, Archaeology Program, Wesleyan University

Friday, April 24, 2015, 6:00 PM
The China Project Workshop
François Louis, Associate Professor, The Bard Graduate Center
Lecture Title Forthcoming

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 PM
The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Michael Squire, Lecturer, King's College, London
Homer and the ekphrasists: Text and image in the Elder Philostratus's Scamander (Imagines I.1)

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:00 PM
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Irene Small, Assistant Professor, Princeton University
Poor Image and Meta-Medium: Hércules Florence and the Invention of Photography in Brazil

May

Please check back in January 2015 for RSVP information.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 6:00 PM
Latin American Forum
Digital Torres-García A special panel discussion on the Uruguayan modernist artist, Joaquín Torres-García, moderated by Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, NYU
Speakers:
Luis Pérez-Oramas, Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art for the Department of Drawings and Prints, Museum of Modern Art
Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art; Director, International Center for the Arts of the Americas, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Cecilia de Torres, Scholar and head of the catalogue raisonné project on artist
Susanna Temkin, IFA Ph.D. Candidate and Research and Archive Specialist, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd.

Friday, May 8, 2015, 6:00 PM
The China Project Workshop
Yunru Chen, Assistant Curator, Department of Painting and Calligraphy, National Palace Museum, Taipei 
Lecture Title Forthcoming

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