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52 free talks, lectures, discussions in New York City (NYC) Thu, 10/28/2021 - and on...

In New York City, you can talk with and listen to the best minds in the world without spending a dime! Just take a look at free talks, lectures, discussion, seminars, conferences listed on this page below!

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Lecture | Collective Memory in Contemporary Black Art (online)


This session looks at the ways contemporary Black artists draw on collective memory to play with, challenge, and transform notions of identity. We will consider works by Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, and Kerry James Marshall to explore how these artists subvert the canon of American art and culture. Speaker Ayanna Dozier is an artist, lecturer, curator, and scholar. She recently completed her Ph.D. in art history and communication studies at McGill University.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 28
12:00 pm

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Lectures, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Collective Memory in Contemporary Black Art (online)

Gallery Talk | Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (online)


This hour-long tour, led by AFAM Educator Nicole Haroutunian, take participants through the current exhibition to experience different perspectives of the works on view.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 28
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Tour of American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds (online)

Discussion | Harvey Milk: Gay Jewish Icon (online)


Harvey Milk—eloquent, charismatic, and a smart-aleck—was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, but he had not even served a full year in office when he was shot by a homophobic fellow supervisor. Milk’s assassination at the age of 48 made him the most famous gay man in modern history.  Before finding his calling as a politician, Milk variously tried being a schoolteacher, a securities analyst on Wall Street, a supporter of Barry Goldwater, a Broadway theater assistant, a bead-wearing hippie, the operator of a camera store, and organizer of the local business community in San Francisco. He rejected Judaism as a religion, but he was deeply influenced by the cultural values of his Jewish upbringing and his understanding of antisemitism and the Holocaust.  This program explores Milk’s life, death, and legacy with Lillian Faderman, a distinguished scholar of LGBTQ history and the author of Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death. Faderman will be joined by Eric Marcus, creator of the podcasts Making Gay History and Those Who Were There: Voices From the Holocaust.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Oct 28
2:00 pm

Free
Discussions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Harvey Milk: Gay Jewish Icon (online)

Gallery Talk | M.C. Escher: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors and Textiles (online)


Dr. David Steel, curator of the blockbuster exhibition The Worlds of M. C. Escher: Nature, Science, and Imagination at the North Carolina Museum of Art, on Escher’s math-inspired, mind-bending, and multidimensional “impossible constructions” bridge the boundaries between art and science. His artwork was a precursor to OpArt , and more broadly, an artistic phenomenon that has seeped into the consciousness of contemporary culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 28
2:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, M.C. Escher: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors and Textiles (online)

Talk | A Conversation with Fashion Designer Byron Lars (online)


Fashion designer Byron Lars is beloved by celebrity A-listers, including Natalie Portman and Taylor Swift, and by notable figures such as Michelle Obama for his style “mash-ups,” which is an integral part of his design DNA.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, A Conversation with Fashion Designer Byron Lars (online)

Talk | America's Human Rights Crisis: Hate Violence in the US and Where We Go from Here (online)


Eric K. Ward, the first-ever American recipient of the international award the Civil Courage Prize. Ward and an expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, will discuss the dangerous proliferation of hate crimes and political violence by extremist groups in the United States.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, America's Human Rights Crisis: Hate Violence in the US and Where We Go from Here (online)

Discussion | Investigative Documentaries: Uncovering the Truth (online)


With the support of interviews, archival documents, and an inquisitive mind, documentaries have the power to take a deeper dive into a controversial issue and expose concealed information. Documentary filmmakers share their craft and process, and how they take a unique approach to storytelling and create more awareness around an issue for their audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Discussions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Investigative Documentaries: Uncovering the Truth (online)

Discussion | Filmmaker Talks About Her Work


Artist Diane Severin Nguyen with curator Sohrab Mohebbi for a conversation on If Revolution Is a Sickness, Nguyen’s solo exhibition. The exhibition is built around the new moving image work. Set in Warsaw, Poland, the film loosely follows the character of an orphaned Vietnamese child who grows up to be absorbed into a South Korean pop-inspired dance group. Widely popular within a Polish youth subculture, K-pop is used by the artist as a vernacular material to trace a relationship between Eastern Europe and Asia with roots in Cold War allegiances.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:30 pm

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Discussions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, Filmmaker Talks About Her Work

Discussion | A Conversation on Dance in the Digital Era (online)


As a launch event for Rourou Ye's online exhibition May I Dance on Your Screen?, this conversation with Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine’s esteemed former editor-in-chief, offers insights into the digital dance works of Rourou Ye and the interconnections of physical dance, screen life, and audiences. Created by interdisciplinary dance artist Rourou Ye, May I Dance on Your Screen? is an online exhibition of Ye’s five latest video works that explore how dance inhabits online space. They aim to explore innovative ways of creating visceral, virtual dance that moves audiences emotionally while forging interpersonal connections.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Oct 28
7:30 pm

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Discussions, October 28, 2021, 10/28/2021, A Conversation on Dance in the Digital Era (online)

Gallery Talk | Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (online)


A docent-led highlights tour of the Morgan Library and Museum for an overview of the Morgan's history, ranging from the beginning of the collection and the creation of the historic Library to the Museum's expansion of the Morgan campus and ongoing acquisitions.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 29
12:30 pm

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Gallery Talks, October 29, 2021, 10/29/2021, Morgan Library and Museum: Treasures from the Permanent Collection (online)

Gallery Talk | Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800-1500: Curator Walkthrough (online)


A sweeping overview of manuscript production in the Holy Roman Empire, one of the most impressive chapters in the history of medieval art. While little known and rarely seen by the general public, these illuminated manuscripts count among the most luxurious works of art from the Middle Ages. Designed to edify, to entertain, and above all to embody the sacred, these manuscripts and their spectacular illuminations retain the ability to dazzle and inspire modern audiences just as they did those of the Middle Ages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Oct 29
3:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, October 29, 2021, 10/29/2021, Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800-1500: Curator Walkthrough (online)

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Infusing Personal History


A talk between Alvaro Barrington and Katy Siegel, to discuss his exhibition, GARVEY 1: BIRTH - The Quiet Storm. Barrington is a painter who embraces non-traditional materials and infuses them with references to his personal and cultural history. He received his MFA from The Slade School of Art, London. Siegel is Senior Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Thaw Chair at Stony Brook University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Oct 29
6:30 pm

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Gallery Talks, October 29, 2021, 10/29/2021, Artist Talk: Infusing Personal History

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Viva La Memento Mori


A discussion on the many ways in which the artists have interpreted human mortality, and how the tradition of the memento mori continues to inspire contemporary artists to this day. Moderated by the curator, Alexis Mendoza.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Oct 30
6:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, October 30, 2021, 10/30/2021, Artist Talk: Viva La Memento Mori

Discussion | Tricks & Treats: Revisited! A 40th Anniversary Look Back at Coney Island (online)


If you love the Mermaid Parade, Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, or any other part of CIUSA'S dynamic programming, come hear about how it all began. Dick Zigun and Paul Zaloom as they discuss Tricks & Treats at the Wax Musee. This 1981 event launched CIUSA, and was a Halloween celebration of Coney Island's World in Wax, which was the oldest wax museum in the country at the time. The show featured art installations, dance, music, film, performance art, and puppets. The original twelve-hour event was organized by Zigun, who is CIUSA's founder and artistic director, and the show opened with object performance from Zaloom, who by that time had already made strides in his prolific puppet career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sun, Oct 31
4:00 pm

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Discussions, October 31, 2021, 10/31/2021, Tricks & Treats: Revisited! A 40th Anniversary Look Back at Coney Island (online)

Talk | The Revolution Will Be Dramatized: Black Theater Now (online)


Drew Shade (Founder, The Broadway Black Podcast) is a theatre enthusiast who fosters artistic diversity and excellence for the love of Black theatre artists. He is the Founder/Creative Director/Editor-in-Chief of Broadway Black, a digital platform designed to shed light on the black beauty, black brilliance, and black talent that is Black Broadway. He is the creator and co-host of the Off-Book Podcast which features the incredible talent of people of color in the Broadway community from playwrights, to performers, to stage managers, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 1
4:00 pm

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Talks, November 01, 2021, 11/01/2021, The Revolution Will Be Dramatized: Black Theater Now (online)

Discussion | Asian American Involvement in U.S. Politics Featuring Congressman Andy Kim (online)


This is a conversation about Asian American involvement in U.S. politics featuring Congressman Andy Kim. How has the role of Asian Americans in U.S. politics evolved over time and responded to pressing issues? Congressman Kim was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. He represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, which stretches from the Delaware River to the Jersey Shore encompassing most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County. As a member of the House, Kim serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Small Business.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 1
5:30 pm

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Discussions, November 01, 2021, 11/01/2021, Asian American Involvement in U.S. Politics Featuring Congressman Andy Kim (online)

Book Discussion | The City After Corona: The Consequences of COVID-19


Home office, undertourism, online shopping - the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have changed how we engage with our cities. Is the dense urban center already a thing of the past, an object of nostalgia? How can cities cope with the inevitable states of emergency we'll encounter because of climate change? In their new book , authors Doris Kleilein and Friederike Meyer explore the pandemic's effects on urban development and examine which architecture, infrastructures, and public spaces are suitable for crises. Join us for a conversation presenting their findings, moderated by Mariana Mogilevich, the Editor in Chief of Urban Omnibus and author of The Invention of Public Space. See link for COVID protocols.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 1
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, November 01, 2021, 11/01/2021, The City After Corona: The Consequences of COVID-19

Discussion | A Conversation with a Cuban Composer and Vocalist (online)


Cuban composer and vocalist Dayme Arocena in conversation with award-winning music writer and author Ned Sublette, WMI Plus At Home. Arocena will welcome you into her studio and home and will share music and stories about her musical journey of being schooled in a western classical and choir tradition, while being raised in a deeply rooted Afro-Cuban musical and religious home. She will also answer attendee questions at the end of the session.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 1
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Discussions, November 01, 2021, 11/01/2021, A Conversation with a Cuban Composer and Vocalist (online)

Discussion | Baroque Composer Antonio Caldara: Creator of the First 'Clemenza' (online)


Explore the music of Antonio Caldara (1670 - 1736), the first of forty composers to set the libretto "La Clemenza di Tito" -- focusing on his musical forms that allowed performer contributions. Puccini would have been pleased with the spontaneity he invited. This is a music listening and discussion group.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 1
6:30 pm

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Discussions, November 01, 2021, 11/01/2021, Baroque Composer Antonio Caldara: Creator of the First 'Clemenza' (online)

Discussion | The Relationship of Money to Art (online)


A conversation on big money, big power, and how we see art with Mary Schmidt Campbell (Executive Director of the Studio Museum in Harlem in its formative years, currently president of Spelman College), Lonnie Bunch (founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and currently Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution) and Marc Payot (currently president of the international art gallery Hauser & Wirth).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 1
7:00 pm

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Discussions, November 01, 2021, 11/01/2021, The Relationship of Money to Art (online)

Lecture | Making Sense of Artist Jasper Johns (online)


Does it mean anything? In a review of 1962, critic Leo Steinberg repeatedly asked this question of Jasper Johns's work. Across his almost 70-year career, Johns's work in painting, sculpture, and assemblage has often overwhelmed critics with ambiguity because his references are either so literal, so personal, or simply rendered opaque. Yet his celebrated legacy has also pressed critics, artists, and viewers alike to imagine other ways of sensing the artwork's meaning and value. In this way, Johns's work resonates with contemporary artworks that get us to question and reframe taken-for-granted elements of our everyday life. This first of three talks—held in conjunction with Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror—will give participants a comprehensive look at Johns's career, while placing his work in conversation with his contemporary artists who are both indebted and building upon Johns's ongoing legacy.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 2
3:00 pm

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Lectures, November 02, 2021, 11/02/2021, Making Sense of Artist Jasper Johns (online)

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Using Industrial Materials (online)


Sui Park creates 3-dimensional organic forms using industrial materials. The abstract forms of dynamic characteristics resemble transitions and transformations in nature, yet they also capture subtle but continuous changes in our emotions, sentiments, memories, and expectations. One of the three artists featured in the exhibition  Interlacement, Park discusses her art and career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 2
5:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, November 02, 2021, 11/02/2021, Artist Talk: Using Industrial Materials (online)

Book Discussion | Lore Olympus; Volume 1: Collected Webcomics (online)


A virtual event with Eisner-nominated creator Rachel Smythe as she launches the first collected volume of her webcomic, a stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of the best-known stories in Greek mythology. She talks with New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 2
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, November 02, 2021, 11/02/2021, Lore Olympus; Volume 1: Collected Webcomics (online)

Book Discussion | The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free (online)


Completed in 1928, the height of the Roaring Twenties, the Barbizon Hotel was designed as a luxurious safe haven for the "Modern Woman" hoping for a career in the arts. Over time, it became the place to stay for any ambitious young woman hoping for fame and fortune. In her new book, Paulina Bren "unpacks" the luggage of several generations of women, mostly young and new to the city, who found a home in the hotel that became a legend. She will be joined in conversation with Andrea Barnet, writer and author of Visionary Women: How Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters Changed Our World. Paulina Bren is an award-winning historian and a professor at Vassar College. She received a BA from Wesleyan University, an MA in international studies from the University of Washington, and a PhD in history from New York University.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Nov 2
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, November 02, 2021, 11/02/2021, The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free (online)

Talk | Religious Studies Roundtable: Reproductive Rights and Judaism (online)


There is no direct statement on abortion in the Hebrew Bible nor the New Testament. Yet conservative Christian legislators often invoke “bible-based” principles as their mandate to ban abortion and deny women’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy. This event explores how different discussion of abortion would be if informed by Jewish practices, which consider the complexity of one being growing to fruition in the body of another. Psychology graduate students Jessica Bush and Samantha Klein will draw on ongoing research projects in qualitative psychology to examine the ways Jewish women make difficult decisions around reproductive choices. Midrash scholar Fran Snyder will illuminate the ways rabbinic approaches to the "right to lIfe" acknowledge complexity as they face questions ancient and new. The discussion will be moderated by Mark Larrimore, Director of the Religious Studies Program at Eugene Lang College.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 2
6:00 pm

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Talks, November 02, 2021, 11/02/2021, Religious Studies Roundtable: Reproductive Rights and Judaism (online)

Discussion | Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South: A Conversation on the Exhibition (online)


Three prominent scholars as they consider topics of their choice inspired by the works in the exhibition. Another Tradition focuses on the medium of drawing in the art of Thornton Dial, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Nellie Mae Rowe, Henry Speller, Bill Traylor, Luster Willis, and Purvis Young.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 3
1:00 pm

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Discussions, November 03, 2021, 11/03/2021, Another Tradition: Drawings by Black Artists from the American South: A Conversation on the Exhibition (online)

Discussion | The Art of the Short Story (online)


Jocelyn Nicole Johnson brings “a voice that is vital and unlike anything else you’ve known before” (Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah) to her stunning debut collection of short stories: My Monticello. In six captivating stories centered around Charlottesville, Virginia, Johnson explores burdened inheritances and extraordinary pursuits of belonging, and bears witness to this country’s fraught legacies. Award-winning short story writer Deesha Philiaw, whose short story collection, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, depicts generations of Black women navigating love, sex, death, family, and faith through the sanctuary and structures of the church, joins Johnson in conversation. The two writers will discuss the craft of the short story and their use of the form to interrogate urgent and interwoven questions about the complexity of personal identity, the impacts of systemic racism, and the past, present, and future of America and beyond.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Nov 3
7:00 pm

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Discussions, November 03, 2021, 11/03/2021, The Art of the Short Story (online)

Book Discussion | American Comics: A History (online)


In the midst of a zeitgeist saturated with media derived from comics, Jeremy Dauber “brilliantly excavates the story of this art form—warts and all—from its origins right up to the twenty-first century, and strikes cartoon gold” (Peter Kuper). Dauber concentrates not only on the epic figures and mythic origins of the comics we know and love, but also on those stories and people pushed to the margins, creating a rich chronicle of the last 150 years of American history through the lens of its comics strips, political cartoons, superheroes, graphic novels, and more. Joined in conversation by Abraham Riesman, journalist and author of True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee,
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Wed, Nov 3
7:30 pm

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Book Discussions, November 03, 2021, 11/03/2021, American Comics: A History (online)

Discussion | What Makes a Great Korea Analyst? (online)


A discussion of the latest developments on and around the Korean Peninsula and thoughts on how media, members, and analysts current and aspiring might best hone skills and insights on Korea. As premier analysts with unique insights, the guests speak to tropes, prejudice and generalizations that stymy sound analysis and suggest ways to approach Peninsular affairs anew. With: Council on Foreign Relations Director of the Program on US-Korea Policy Scott A. Snyder, Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Markus Garlauskas, Stimson Center nonresident fellow Rachel Minyoung Lee, Senior Director Stephen Noerper, Policy Director Jonathan Corrado.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 4
12:00 pm

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Discussions, November 04, 2021, 11/04/2021, What Makes a Great Korea Analyst? (online)

Discussion | A Conversation with Congressman Antonio Delgado (online)


Delgado is serving his second term representing upstate New York’s 19th Congressional District. During his time in office, Representative Delgado has held 63 town halls and passed 12 bills into law under both Republican and Democratic administrations. Most recently, he authored legislation that provided COVID-19 economic recovery funding to every unit of local government nationwide, irrespective of its population size. He is one of Congress's most bipartisan Members, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Lugar Center. The Congressman serves on the House Committees on Small Business, Agriculture, and Transportation and Infrastructure. He speaks with Scott Rechler.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Nov 4
7:00 pm

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Discussions, November 04, 2021, 11/04/2021, A Conversation with Congressman Antonio Delgado (online)

Gallery Talk | Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800–1500: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)


A sweeping overview of manuscript production in the Holy Roman Empire, one of the most impressive chapters in the history of medieval art. While little known and rarely seen by the general public, these illuminated manuscripts count among the most luxurious works of art from the Middle Ages. Designed to edify, to entertain, and above all to embody the sacred, these manuscripts and their spectacular illuminations retain the ability to dazzle and inspire modern audiences just as they did those of the Middle Ages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 5
12:30 pm

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Gallery Talks, November 05, 2021, 11/05/2021, Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800&ndash;1500: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)

Gallery Talk | Van Eyck to Mondrian: 300 Years of Collecting in Dresden (online)


Curator Austėja Mackelaitė hosts a virtual tour of the exhibition.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Nov 5
3:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, November 05, 2021, 11/05/2021, Van Eyck to Mondrian: 300 Years of Collecting in Dresden (online)

Discussion | Internationally-Acclaimed Opera Diva Aprile Millo (online)


Internationally-renowned soprano Aprile Millo discusses opera, her career, and the state of the operatic art form. Aprile Millo has performed in many of the world's greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Rome, Bologna, Torino, the Arena di Verona, Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Moscow, Seville, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, among others.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Nov 6
1:30 pm

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Discussions, November 06, 2021, 11/06/2021, Internationally-Acclaimed Opera Diva&nbsp;Aprile Millo (online)

Discussion | Giuseppe Sarti (1729 - 1802): Composer to the Tsars


Explore the music of Giuseppe Sarti -- favored in courts from Copenhagen to St. Petersburg -- attending particularly to his strong dynamic contrasts. Puccini would have noticed the expressive clarity this creates. This is a music listening and discussion group.
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Mon, Nov 8
6:30 pm

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Discussions, November 08, 2021, 11/08/2021, Giuseppe Sarti (1729 - 1802): Composer to the Tsars

Discussion | The Grasslands Birds of Freshkills Park (online)


Temperate grasslands are globally imperiled, suffering from habitat loss, land conversion, and lack of protection. Consequently, grassland birds are among the most substantially declining North American birds. Dr. Shannon Curley and José Ramírez-Garofalo will present findings from their work at Freshkills Park in Staten Island, a nearly 2,000 acre reclaimed landfill that has now become the home of various grassland specialists like Grasshopper Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, and Sedge Wrens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Nov 8
7:00 pm

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Discussions, November 08, 2021, 11/08/2021, The Grasslands Birds of Freshkills Park (online)

Talk | Artist Talk: Spirituality in the Aesthetic Process (online)


Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser is known for her Modernist-inspired geometric constructions. Influenced by the work of Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, who embraced spirituality as part of their aesthetic process, Wieser broadens their ideals to consider the coexistence of abstraction and physiological experience. The artist will give insights into her thinking and practice, and will discuss with Public Art Fund Associate Curator Katerina Stathopoulou the expansion of her work into the public realm, where it has grown to monumental scale.
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Tue, Nov 9
1:30 pm

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Talks, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Artist Talk: Spirituality in the Aesthetic Process (online)

Book Club | Fiction Group: The Judges of the Secret Court by David Stacton (online)


The group discusses David Stacton's historical novel about John Wilkes Booth. A long-lost triumph of American fiction as well as one of the finest books ever written about the Civil War, Stacton's novel about how the roles we play become, for better or for worse, the lives we lead, takes us back to the day of Lincoln's assassination, immersing us in the farrago of bombast that fills Wilkes's head while following his footsteps up to the fatal encounter at Ford's Theatre.
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Tue, Nov 9
6:00 pm

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Book Clubs, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Fiction Group: The Judges of the Secret Court by David Stacton (online)

Book Discussion | Black Women on Feminism and Pop Culture (online)


What can mainstream feminism learn from game-changing Black women like Lizzo, Megan Thee Stallion, and Cardi B? Entertainment journalist Sesali Bowen and film and culture critic Zeba Blay discuss a new, inclusive feminism that celebrates Black female identity. Bowen’s debut memoir, Bad Fat Black Girl, interrogates sexism, fatphobia, and capitalism through personal and cultural commentary. Blay’s collection of essays, Carefree Black Girls, contributes to this conversation, examining the strength and fortitude of Black women in American culture.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 9
7:00 pm

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Book Discussions, November 09, 2021, 11/09/2021, Black Women on Feminism and Pop Culture (online)

Book Discussion | The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (in-person and online)


What if the story we’ve been told for centuries about the origins of social inequality isn’t true? This question is at the heart of David Graeber and David Wengrow’s highly anticipated book that subverts common beliefs about social evolution and presents a radical alternative record of our ancestors’ lives, charting a path towards greater individual and collective freedom for our species. David Wengrow is a professor of comparative archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and has been a visiting professor at New York University. He is the author of several books, including What Makes Civilization?. Wengrow conducts archaeological fieldwork in various parts of Africa and the Middle East. David Graeber was a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years and Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, and was a contributor to Harper’s Magazine, The Guardian, and The Baffler. An iconic thinker and renowned activist, his early efforts in Zuccotti Park made Occupy Wall Street an era-defining movement. He died on September 2, 2020.
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Wed, Nov 10
7:00 pm

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Book Discussions, November 10, 2021, 11/10/2021, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (in-person and online)

Book Discussion | The Hours Have Lost Their Clock: The Politics of Nostalgia (online)


Nostalgia is the defining emotion of our age—political leaders promise a return to yesteryear, old movies are remade and cancelled series are rebooted, and veterans re-enact past wars while displaced peoples across the world long for home. But who is behind this collective ache for a home in the past? Do we need to eliminate nostalgia, or just cultivate it better? And what is at stake if we make the wrong choice? Grafton Tanner traces the ascent of nostalgia throughout the 21st century, revealing its power as both a consequence of our unstable time and as a defense against it. Tanner is joined in conversation by Roisin Kiberd, author of The Disconnect: A Personal Journey Through the Internet.    
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Wed, Nov 10
7:30 pm

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Book Discussions, November 10, 2021, 11/10/2021, The Hours Have Lost Their Clock: The Politics of Nostalgia (online)

Book Discussion | Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women’s Football League (online)


Authors Britni de la Cretaz and Lyndsey D’Arcangelo talk about the history of the National Women’s Football League. American football is in many ways the sport of the nation, winning the loyal viewership and adulation of a wide array of people. Yet football remains a sport predominantly considered masculine by nature—aggressive, violent, and tough. De la Cretaz and D’Arcangelo share the little-known, fascinating story of the NWFL, telling the stories of the girl gridders whose spirit, rivalries, and tenacity carried the league, which prevailed through sexism, injuries, stereotypes, harassment, skeptics, and their own lack of training.
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Thu, Nov 11
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, November 11, 2021, 11/11/2021, Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women&rsquo;s Football League (online)

Discussion | Composer Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840): Virtuoso Casino-Owner (online)


Explore the music of Niccolo Paganini, discovering how he fashioned devilish virtuosity out of bel canto melody. Puccini would have applauded the simplicity of the tunes he composed. This is a music listening and discussion group.
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Mon, Nov 15
6:30 pm

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Discussions, November 15, 2021, 11/15/2021, Composer Niccolo Paganini (1782 - 1840): Virtuoso Casino-Owner (online)

Book Discussion | The American Construction Industry: Its Historical Evolution and Potential Future (online)


Brian Bowen retired as president of Hanscomb Inc. in 2000, after a long career in the construction industries of England, Canada, and the United States. In a second career as a Professor of Practice in the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Bowen developed a course that became the basis of his important new book. He will be joined by Donald Freidman, author of Structure in Skyscrapers and Historical Building Construction, in a conversation that brings together two preeminent experts in a field of key importance to the history of the built environment.  
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Wed, Nov 17
6:00 pm

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Book Discussions, November 17, 2021, 11/17/2021, The American Construction Industry: Its Historical Evolution and Potential Future (online)

Gallery Talk | Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800-1500: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)


A sweeping overview of manuscript production in the Holy Roman Empire, one of the most impressive chapters in the history of medieval art. While little known and rarely seen by the general public, these illuminated manuscripts count among the most luxurious works of art from the Middle Ages. Designed to edify, to entertain, and above all to embody the sacred, these manuscripts and their spectacular illuminations retain the ability to dazzle and inspire modern audiences just as they did those of the Middle Ages.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Fri, Nov 19
12:30 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, November 19, 2021, 11/19/2021, Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800-1500: Exhibition Walkthrough (online)

Discussion | Composer Alfredo Catalani (1854 - 1893): Depictor of Death by Avalanche (online)


Explore the music of Alfredo Catalani, who bonded elements of Wagnerian opera and Verismo into an original style. This is a music listening and discussion group.
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Mon, Nov 22
6:30 pm

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Discussions, November 22, 2021, 11/22/2021, Composer Alfredo Catalani (1854 - 1893): Depictor of Death by Avalanche (online)

Book Club | Nonfiction Group: Memorial Drive by Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey (online)


The group discusses Trethewey’s highly acclaimed, chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy. Moving through her mother’s history in the deeply segregated South and through her own girlhood as a “child of miscegenation” in Mississippi, Trethewey plumbs her sense of dislocation and displacement in the lead-up to the harrowing crime that took place on Memorial Drive in Atlanta in 1985, producing a luminous, urgent, and visceral memoir from one of our most important contemporary writers and thinkers.   
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 23
6:00 pm

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Book Clubs, November 23, 2021, 11/23/2021, Nonfiction Group: Memorial Drive by Pulitzer Prize Winner Natasha Trethewey (online)

Discussion | Composer Ennio Morricone (1928 - 2020): Artist of Film Music (online)


Explore the music of Ennio Morricone who, in his film scores and beyond, conveyed messages of extraordinary intimacy and directness. He was indeed a kindred spirit of Puccini. This is a music listening and discussion.
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Mon, Nov 29
6:30 pm

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Discussions, November 29, 2021, 11/29/2021, Composer Ennio Morricone (1928 - 2020): Artist of Film Music (online)

Gallery Talk | Artist Talk: Art from Strands of Hair


Jayoung Yoon's work is composed of strands of her own hair that are hand knotted or woven into forms to create intricate sculptures. The woven hair resembles fine nets or webs, allowing the viewer to see through the strands, giving the work a delicate transparency, while the material lends the work a feeling of intimacy and envelopment. One of the three artists featured in the exhibiton Interlacement, Yoon discusses her art and career.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Nov 30
5:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, November 30, 2021, 11/30/2021, Artist Talk: Art from Strands of Hair

Discussion | Ground Zero Master Plans: The Commercial Imperative (online)


Two design competitions determined the direction of the master plan at Ground Zero and the concept and position of the 9/11 memorial, landscape plaza, and museum which ultimately encompassed eight of the sixteen acres of the World Trade Center site. The other eight acres were to be built up with five skyscrapers that would replace the 10 million sq. ft. of office space in the destroyed World Trade Center. These moved forward with the key player, the private investor-developer, Silverstein Properties. But the progress was not simple. The replacement for the collapsed 7 WTC rose quickly, but the other towers stalled. Today, after many revisions in design and repositions of ownership, three of the masterplan buildings are completed, while Tower 2 has stump foundations and an indeterminate future. The problematic site on the southern edge of the memorial plaza for a mixed-use Tower 5 has recently been announced. This program will assess the tensions between the private office development and the economic context, the pace of rebuilding, and the constraints of politics on the city, state, and federal levels.
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Wed, Dec 1
6:00 pm

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Discussions, December 01, 2021, 12/01/2021, Ground Zero Master Plans: The Commercial Imperative (online)

Gallery Talk | Life as Activity: A Curator's Tour


David Lamelas's exhibition brings together sculpture, film, and photography made across many decades and locations to center this aspect of Lamelas’s artistic practice. Lamelas makes us aware of how the stories we tell ourselves are shaped by encounters with space and time, all of these works invite us to participate in scenarios in which container, contained, observer, and observed become blurred.
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Sat, Dec 4
2:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 04, 2021, 12/04/2021, Life as Activity: A Curator's Tour

Gallery Talk | Life as Activity: A Curator's Tour


David Lamelas's exhibition brings together sculpture, film, and photography made across many decades and locations to center this aspect of Lamelas’s artistic practice. Lamelas makes us aware of how the stories we tell ourselves are shaped by encounters with space and time, all of these works invite us to participate in scenarios in which container, contained, observer, and observed become blurred.
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Sat, Dec 4
4:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 04, 2021, 12/04/2021, Life as Activity: A Curator's Tour

Gallery Talk | Life as Activity: A Curator's Tour


David Lamelas's exhibition brings together sculpture, film, and photography made across many decades and locations to center this aspect of Lamelas’s artistic practice. Lamelas makes us aware of how the stories we tell ourselves are shaped by encounters with space and time, all of these works invite us to participate in scenarios in which container, contained, observer, and observed become blurred.
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Tue, Dec 7
6:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, December 07, 2021, 12/07/2021, Life as Activity: A Curator's Tour
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