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  • Fall Lecture Series: On Michelangelo

    A ten-lecture series on the artist Michelangelo to complement the Michelangelo exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on view November 13, 2017 - February 12, 2018.
    Free and open to the public. 
Seating is limited, please RSVP:

    9/12     Tues, 4:30pm  Europe on the Threshold of the Renaissance
    9/19     Tues, 4:30pm  From Giotto Through Masaccio: the Defining Moment
    9/26     Tues, 4:30pm  Anticipating Michelangelo: della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna
    10/10   Tues, 4:30pm  Michelangelo's Apprenticeship  
    10/17   Tues, 4:30pm  Michelangelo Arrives
    10/24   Tues, 4:30pm  Changing Course: that Ceiling
    11/2     Thurs, 5:00 pm Michelangelo Faces Failure: From Tomb to Tomb
    11/9     Thurs, 4:30pm Michelangelo and his Rivals
    11/16   Thurs, 4:30pm  Michelangelo's other Career: Architecture
    11/30   Thurs, 4:30pm  Learning From Michelangelo: Disegno 
    Date TBA - A November Visit to the MET to see the Michelangelo exhibit

    Lecturer Bio:
    Michael Djordjevitch studied Architecture at The University of Toronto, receiving his B. Arch in 1981.  He went on to work at the Royal Ontario Museum and concurrently taught at the School of Architecture of the University of Toronto while also taking courses in Art History towards a Masters.  His principal teacher was Prof. Hans Luecke.  In 1988, he was accepted into the History and Theory Program of the School of Architecture of Princeton University, receiving his Masters in 1991.  The following year, he was accepted into the Graduate Program of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, completing the program and becoming a Fellow of the School in 1993.  Throughout the 90’s, he worked as one of the two architects for the Agora Excavations of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.  In 2001, he began teaching at the University of Notre Dame’s Architecture Center in Rome.  Following the completion of his term in 2003, he was invited to N.D.'s U.S. campus as a visiting critic from 2004 to 2005. From 2011 to 2014 he taught Architectural Design, Theory, History, and the Orders at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art's full time year long Architecture program, the Beaux-Art Atelier.  In 2014-2015 he taught these same subjects at the Beaux Arts Academy in Utah and Rome.  Since the autumn of 2015 Michael has been teaching Art History and Architecture at the Grand Central Atelier in New York.

  • Moroni Lectures - 1/19 & 3/9

    Part 1: Friday, January 19, 5:30pm. 

    Part 2: Friday, March 9, 5:30pm

    Free and open to the public. Eleventh Street Arts Gallery at GCA.
    Limited Seats. Please RSVP:

    Part 1:
    Giovanni Battista Moroni’s (ca.1523-1579) uncannily modern portraits were the focus of a critically acclaimed exhibition at London’s Royal Academy in 2014. In 2019 the Frick Collection will host the first NY exhibition of Moroni’s extraordinary portrait paintings. Although Moroni’s work is found in most major art museums around the world, his work is still under-known compared to his contemporaries: Titian and Veronese, to name a few. This talk will explore the fascinating works, mostly in American museums, of this Renaissance master, whose realism was a forerunner of Caravaggio and Velazquez.

    Part 2:
    This talk will focus on the broader context of Moroni's work, including late 15th century paintings by Vincenzo Foppa in Milan; the works of Brescian painters Romanino, Moroni's maestro Alessandro Bonvicino (aka il Moretto da Brescia) and Savoldo. The Venetian Lorenzo Lotto, who lived in Bergamo for 12 years, will also be examined, as well as the Cremonese contemporary Sofonisba Anguissola, whose works were sometimes misattributed to Moroni. Following the pioneering work of art historian Roberto Longhi, who pointed out the differences between the Venetian and Lombard traditions, we will see how Caravaggio's "invention" of Baroque realism came directly out of his formative years in Lombardy.

    Lecturer Bio:

    Robert Bunkin is a figurative painter, art historian and former Curator of Art at the Staten Island Museum. He has exhibited widely in NYC, Italy, PR China and in other American museums and galleries. He has taught art history and studio at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Parsons School of Design, Wagner College, and NYU Continuing Education and was a substitute instructor at the Art Students League.  Bunkin was a volunteer art instructor at Arthur Kill Correctional Facility. In Summer 2010 he conducted the first ever fresco workshop at Tsinghua University, Beijing. In 2000 he was awarded a Faculty Leave grant from Parsons to study true fresco painting technique at the Tintori Laboratorio di Buon Fresco in Vainella, Italy. He was a museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum and a studio instructor at the Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici, Florence, Italy. He has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, where he taught himself fresco painting.

  • Francis Morrone on NYC's Public Murals

    Francis Morrone on NYC's Rich History of Public Murals
    Friday, February 16 at 5:30pm

    Free and open to the public. Eleventh Street Arts Gallery at GCA.
    Limited Seats. Please RSVP:
    Lecture Description:
    In the Beaux-Arts tradition, and in much of the history of classical architecture, the painter's and sculptor's highest calling has been the enrichment of the public realm, especially through the embellishment of buildings. New York, a great classical city, has fine architectural sculpture in abundance. But what about mural painting? Join us for a survey of New York's mural paintings in public buildings, including works by Blashfield, Winter, Marsh, Parrish, Brumidi, Sears, and others, as we assess the city's standing as a place for murals. How does New York compare with other American cities? And how do American cities compare with European cities? And what might the future hold?
    Lecturer Bio:
    Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and author of eleven books, including "Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes" (W.W. Norton, 2013) and, with Henry Hope Reed, "The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building" (W.W. Norton, 2011). Morrone is the recipient of the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, of the Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council, and of NYU's Excellence in Teaching Award, and his writings appear in the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, City Journal, the Hopkins Review, and many other publications.