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. Many of our lectures are broadcast live, check the upcoming schedule.

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



Friday, January 29, 2016, 6pm
China Project Workshop
Speaker:Julia Orell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Academia Sinica
presented on the German-language historiography of Chinese art


Monday, February 8, 2016, 5:30pm
INTERNAL EVENT- La Dolce Villa! Student Projects at La Pietra
Joy Bloser & Bermet Nishanova, Various textile projects
Emily Cohen, Acton Library survey
Shannon Mulshine, Folded paper screen project
Harry DeBauche, Polychrome sculpture project
Christine Haynes, Outdoor stone sculpture project
Rebecca Gridley, Outdoor stone sculpture and gilded wooden lantern projects
Sarah Mastrangelo & Hae Min Park, Paintings survey and treatment projects

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 6pm
Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker:Heghnar Watenpaugh, Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Davis
Title: Palmyra 1915-2015: Historic Preservation, Urbanism, and Violence

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 10:30am - 5:00pm
Digital Art History in Practice
Organized by the NYC Digital Art History group and hosted by the Institute of Fine Arts.
More information and a list of speakers

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6pm
Pre-Columbian Society of New York Lecture Series
Speaker:Timothy W. Pugh, Professor of Anthropology, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Title: Power and Planning in the Ancient Maya City

Friday, February 12, 2016, 6pm
New York Bronze Age Colloquium
Speaker: Lorenzo D'Alfonso, ISAW-NYU
Title: "New insights in Central Anatolia after the fall of the Hittite Empire: reconsidering the early stages of Phrygia and the Neo-Hittite polities"

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 6pm
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Speaker: Ananda Cohen Suarez, Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University
Title: Painted Archives: Murals of Colonial Peru

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6pm
Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Speaker: Sadie Pickup, Lecturer, Art and Architecture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Christie’s Education, London
Title: Aphrodite and her Footwear: Sandals & Slippers for a Goddess

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 6pm
IFA Alumni Careers Panel
Clare Davies, Assistant Curator, Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey,Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Norman L. Kleeblatt, Susan and Elihu Rose Chief Curator, The Jewish Museum
Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Guggenheim Museum
Tricia Y. Paik, Curator of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Moderated by Patryk Tomaszewski, second-year Art History MA candidate
By invitation only.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 6:30pm
Situating Iranian Modern and Contemporary Art
Organized by the Grey Art Gallery
Layla S. Diba, Independent Scholar and Curator
Maryam Ekhtiar, Associate Curator of Islamic Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Massumeh Farhad, Chief Curator and Curator of Islamic Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6pm
Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Speaker: Zeev Weiss, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Title: Houses of the Wealthy in Roman and Late Antique Sepphoris


Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6pm
NYU Curatorial Collaboration Panel Discussion
Moderated by  Ksenia M. Soboleva, co-organizer of the NYU CC, this panel discussion comprises of a conversation with IFA curators  Tiffany Apostolou, Adam Dunlavy,  Ellis Edwards,  Kathleen Robin Joyce,  Rachel Vorsanger, and Steinhardt BFA honors artists  Annie Carroll,  Dae Young Kim,  Susanna Liguori,  Paula Rondon, and  Rebecca Salmon. 

Friday, March 4, 2016, 6pm
Latin American Forum
A Dialogue About Antonio Dias
Panelists: Lilian Tone, curator, Museum of Modern Art, Department of Painting and Sculpture
Brian Bentley, PhD Candidate, IFA
Claudia Calirman, John Jay College, CUNY, Professor of Art History
Alejandra García, artistic director Galeria Nara Roesler, New York, and editor of Antonio Dias (2015)
Moderated by Edward Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art; Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 6pm
Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker: Andre Dombrowski
Title: Monet's Seascapes and the Tides of History

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 6pm
Pre-Columbian Society of New York Lecture Series
Speaker: Lois Martin, Independent Scholar 
Title: THE “COATLICUES” AS THE CHICOMECOATLS: Rattlesnakes, Corn & Aztec Science

Friday, March 11, 2016, 6:30pm
New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium
Speaker: Joanne Murphy, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Title: Death in Bronze Age Pylos

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 6:30pm
New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium
Speaker: Metaxia Tsipopoulou, Ph.D., Director Emerita, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, National Archive of Monuments; and Director of the Petras excavations
Title: 'What gives a meaning in life, gives a meaning in death (Antoine de Saint Exypery): The Pre- and Protopalatial cemetery at Petras, Siteia"

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 6pm
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Speaker: Nuno Senos
Title: The exotic as a problem in 16th-century Portugal
RSVP required

Friday, March 25, 2016, 6pm
China Project Workshop
Speaker: Jeffrey Moser, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University
Speaker will assess the potential of skeumorphy as a conceptual device for integrating histories of Chinese bronze and ceramic manufacturing
RSVP required

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 6:30pm
Artists at the Institute
Speaker: Suzan Frecon
RSVP required

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 6pm
Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Gregory Nagy, Harvard University
Dora Vassilikou, Athens Archaeological Society
Nanno Marinatos, University of Illinois-Chicago
Angelos Chaniotis, Princeton University
Ioannis Mylonopoulos, Columbia University
Michael Cosmopoulos, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Title:" Archaeological Discoveries that Changed Greek History: The Athens Archaeological Society"
Watch this video online


Friday, April 1, 2016, 6pm
Great Hall Exhibitions Opening Event
Artist Charles Simonds in conversation with Richard Shiff
This event will be Watch this lecture online.

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 11:30am - 6pm
Dwellings: Charles Simonds and 1970s New York
Full schedule and a list of speakers
Watch this symposium online

Monday, April 4, 2016, 6pm
New York Renaissance Consortium Sponsored Lecture
Speaker: Machtelt Brüggen Israëls
Title: Cataloguing the Berenson Collection: The Case of the Lorenzetti

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 6PM
Daniel H. Silberberg Lecture Series
Speaker: Ewa Lajer-Burcharth
Title: Strolling Time: Drawing in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6PM
Selinunte Presentation
Speaker: Clemente Marconi, James R. McCredie Professor in the History of Greek Art and Archaeology; University Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU

Friday, April 8, 2016, 6PM
China Project Workshop
Speaker: Katherine Tsiang, Associate Director, Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago
Presentation on the use of virtual reality techniques in an exhibition of early Buddhist sculpture

Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 6PM
The Great Hall Display Case Exhibition Series: Artists Talk with IFA Alumna and Curator, Lisa Banner.
Timothy Hawkesworth
William Hempel
Beatrice Pediconi
Riccardo Vecchio

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6PM
Pre-Columbian Society of New York Lecture Series
Speaker: James A. Doyle, Assistant Curator, Department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Title: Creation Narratives on Ancient Maya Codex-Style Ceramics in the Metropolitan Museum

Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2016
IFA-Frick Symposium
Friday afternoon session at the Institute of Fine Arts
Saturday Sessions at the Frick Collection

Monday, April 18, 2016, 11:00AM
Crossing Boundaries: Making World Art History
About the Series: “Crossing Boundaries: Making World Art History” is the first of a series of workshops aimed at providing a space for creative thinking, where ideas and views can be shared and tested, and cross-institutional collaborations can be formed.
By invitation only.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6:30PM
Artists at the Institute
Speaker: Watch this lecture online

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6:00pm
Guest Lecture
Speaker: Satish Padiyar, Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century European Art, The Courtauld Institute
Title: Surprises. Temporality and Fragonard
Watch this lecture online

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10:30am
Pop Up Graduate Student Symposium
New Research on Early Chinese Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sponsored by the China Project Workshop
Full schedule and a list of speakers

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 6:00 PM
Colloquium on Art in Spain and Latin America
Speaker: Irene V. Small, Assistant Professor of Art and Archeology, Princeton University
Title: Poor Image and Meta-Medium: Hércules Florence and the Invention of Photography in Brazil
RSVP required

Saturday, April 30, 2016
ISLAA Symposium
Realisms: Politics, Art, and Visual Culture in the Americas
RSVP required


Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:00 PM
Seminar on Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Speaker: Luca Giuliani, Humboldt University and Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin
Title: TBD
Check back for RSVP information

Friday, May 6, 2016, 6:00 PM
China Project Workshop
Speaker: Olga Panova, Russian University of the Humanities, Moscow
Title: Early Northern Song Painting as a Social Practice through the Lens of Liu Daochun's Evaluations of Song Painters of Renown
Check back for RSVP information

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 6:30 PM
Mentoring and the Museum
A Conversation on Art and Leadership with Michael Shapiro and Timothy Rub
RSVP required

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:00 PM
Annual Samuel H. Kress Lecture
Speakers: Laurence Kanter, Chief Curator and Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art at the Yale University Art Gallery
Irma Passeri, Associate Conservator of Paintings, Yale University Art Gallery
Title: The Conservation of Early Italian Panel Paintings at Yale: Past and Present RSVP

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:30 PM
New York Aegean Bronze Age Colloquium
Speaker: Judith Weingarten, British School of Archaeology in Athens
Title: "The Transformation of Minoan Monsters” Check back for RSVP information

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