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Annual Lectures, Colloquia and Seminars

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

Archaeological Research at Aphrodisias

This annual lecture brings together members of the Aphrodisias excavation team to discuss their findings and research resulting from their most recent trip to the site. For more information on the IFA excavations at the Aphrodisias site, click here.

Artists at the Institute

Taking advantage of the IFA’s location in one of the world’s leading art centers, the Graduate Student Association invites artists to discuss their work at the Institute.  Begun in 1983, these talks are now funded by a generous gift in memory of late IFA Professor Kirk Varnedoe, who inspired the series.  The series normally includes two presentations per semester.

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Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America

For this series of informal lectures and panels, leading specialists are invited to the Institute to explore art historical and broader contextual issues relating to the arts of Spain and Latin America. The series is coordinated by Professors Jonathan Brown, Robert Lubar, and Edward Sullivan

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Colloquium for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and South Asia

The Colloquium for Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and South Asia offers a platform from which to explore modern and contemporary art and the visual cultures from the Middle East and South Asia. Art historical scholarship on art from these regions is in a state of flux. Rather than propose definitions, the colloquium aims to support a long-term dialogue with a cumulative impact on critical writing and the study of modern and contemporary art histories of these regions.

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Walter W.S. Cook Annual Lecture

The Walter W. S. Cook Lecture is organized by the IFA Alumni Association in honor of Professor Cook, Founding Director of the IFA and historian of Medieval Spanish Art.

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Richard Ettinghausen Memorial Lecture

This annual lecture was established by Elizabeth Ettinghausen in memory of her late husband Richard Ettinghausen, IFA professor of Islamic Art.

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Director’s Extracurricular Seminar

The Director’s Extracurricular Seminar invites distinguished scholars to share and discuss their current research with the IFA community and students.

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Samuel H. Kress Lecture

The Samuel H. Kress Lecture is delivered annually by a prominent scholar in conservation, who presents important issues within the fields of painting conservation and technical art history. This event is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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Latin American Forum

This forum--generously funded by the Institute of Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA)Open link in new windowand coordinated by Professor Edward Sullivan--invites distinguished visiting lecturers to the IFA to foster greater understanding and recognition of Latin American art around the world.

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Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

The Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture invites scholars to share their current research with the research community on Ancient Art and Archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts and in the metropolitan area, and to meet and talk with IFA graduate students. The study of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture is at a critical stage in its development. In recent years, this field has been characterized by an ever-increasing range of approaches, under the influence of various disciplines such as Sociology, Semiotics, Gender Theory, Anthropology, Reception Theory, and Hermeneutics. The scope of this Seminar is to explore key aspects of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and to assess the current state of the discipline by reviewing and subjecting its current larger theoretical implications, methodologies, and directions of research to critical scrutiny.

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New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium

Founded in 1974, the New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium is celebrating its 37th year at the IFA. The Colloquium is internationally recognized as a premier venue for presenting new discoveries and ideas in Aegean Bronze Age and related Eastern Mediterranean prehistory and art.

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Points of Contact: New Approaches in Islamic Art

Over the past decades, the study of Islamic material culture has been marked by increased scholarly attention to transcultural dimensions of art, architecture and archaeology. This interest coincides with an interest in histories of mobility generated by contemporary discourses of the global. It has taken a variety of forms, from attention to the modalities and effects of circulation - the result of diplomatic exchange and gifting, long-distance trade, or looting and reuse, for example - to research on media and regions that lie on the margins of the Islamic world, or outside the traditional boundaries of the canon. Points of Contact introduces some of the exciting new scholarship generated by these developments.

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Rendez-vous: An International Seminar on French Art (18th-20thC)

Rendez-vous is a seminar on French art (18th-20th centuries) held monthly throughout the 2013-2014 academic year at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. International scholars are invited to present their research in an informal and creative setting for approximately 30 minutes, followed by an open discussion with students and colleagues.

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Archaeological Research at Selinunte

In 2011-2012, the IFA hosted its first annual lecture on the Selinunte excavation in Sicily. The project’s director, Professor Clemente Marconi, and other members of the team discussed the research they conducted on site.

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Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture Series

Planned and coordinated by the Graduate Student Association, this series of lectures invites art historians, archaeologists, and conservators, specializing in a variety of periods and genres to share their latest research with the IFA community and general public.

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Kirk Varnedoe Memorial Lectures

he Kirk Varnedoe Memorial Lectures were established in 2006 to honor and perpetuate the memory of Professor Varnedoe’s dedicated and innovative teaching, mentoring, and scholarship at the Institute of Fine Arts. This series of three talks, given annually by the Visiting Varnedoe Professor, explores new research in modern and contemporary art.

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