New York University will host “The Arts in Greenwich Village,” a free lecture series that will run once a week throughout the month of May. All lectures take place at 6 p.m. in rooms 905-907 of the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place).
On Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m., NYU Assistant Professor of English Bryan Waterman will discuss “Writing in the City when the Village was still a village.” He is the author of Republic of Intellect: The Friendly Club of New York City and the Making of American Literature, a study of young intellectuals and urban culture in the 1790s.
On Tuesday, May 10, at 6 p.m., “Through the Lens of the Limelight” will be discussed by Shelley Rice, a member of the faculty in Photography and Imaging at the NYU Tisch School and in Fine Arts at NYU. She will speak on the role and importance of Limelight, the café and photography gallery of the Village in the ’50s. A social center, Limelight mixed the images of Robert Frank, Gene Smith, and Minor White with lattes, gelatos, and the extraordinary presence of proprietor Helen Gee.
On Wednesday, May 18, at 6 p.m., a member of the faculty of NYU’s Department of Music & Performing Arts, David Schroeder, who has taught jazz at both NYU and the New School, will riff on “Sounds of the Village.” He is producer and artistic director of the NYU master class series and hosts the master’s jazz series at the Blue Note Club in the Village.
Finally, on Tuesday, May 24, at 6 p.m, Jerry Talmer, founder of the Village Voice who has spent a lifetime writing about theater, film, and the arts, and was one of the creators of the Obie Awards, will discuss “Places! The Sprouting of Off-Broadway.”