Wiliam Wellstood. New York, 1855. From the Latting Observatory, 1855. Engraving, printed by Smith, Fern, and Company. The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations.

Historian and critic Glenn Adamson will provide an overview of the creative economy in New York City today, drawing out key continuities with and departures from the moment of the Crystal Palace. Among the areas under discussion will be fine art, fashion, metal fabrication, and industrial design.

Glenn Adamson is currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, and Editor-at-Large of The Magazine Antiques. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he was until March 2016 the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been Head of Research at the V&A, and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. His publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007).