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Wendy’s Subway Reading Room

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Free Gallery admission all day Wednesdays and Thursday evenings from 5 pm–8 pm

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Past Events
Walking Tour
Controlling Downtown: WASP Elites…
Public Programs
June 27, 2017

Walking Tour
Seneca Village and the Making…
Public Programs
June 20, 2017

Monthly Poetry Series
Wendy’s Subway Reading Room Event
Public Programs
June 14, 2017

Book Launch—History and Its Objects
Antiquarianism and Material Culture since 1500
June 6, 2017
Walking Tour
Seneca Village and the Making…
Public Programs
June 3, 2017





Monthly Poetry Series
Wendy’s Subway Reading Series
Chris Nealon, Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, Ada Smailbegović, Jackie Wang
Public Programs
May 10, 2017
Non-Human Aesthetics
A Trans-Species Perspective
Frédéric Joulian
Research / Academic
May 9, 2017

Journey into a French Material…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Frédéric Joulian
Research / Academic
May 8, 2017

From Maiolica to Majolica: The…
The Majolica International Society Lecture
Julius Bryant
Research / Academic
May 3, 2017

Enlightened Princesses
Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the…
Joanna Marschner
Research / Academic
April 27, 2017

Wendy’s Subway Reading Series Event
Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Layli Long Soldier, Wendy Xu
Public Programs
April 26, 2017

From Design Studio to Marketplace:…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Lesley Miller
Research / Academic
April 25, 2017
Mapping Mat ~ Con
Philipp Schorch
Research / Academic
April 20, 2017

Behind the Seams
Women, Fashion, and Work in Nineteenth-Century France
Susan Hiner
Research / Academic
April 19, 2017
Glenn Adamson: NYC Making Now
Glenn Adamson Debera Johnson
Public Programs
April 19, 2017

Making Faces
New York Type Ephemera and…
Stephanie Sadre-Orafai
Research / Academic
April 13, 2017

Blue Chip Artists, Glassy Thinkers,…
The Paul and Irene Hollister…
Susie J. Silbert
Research / Academic
April 13, 2017

Focus Festival
Ritual and Capital
Public Programs
April 8–9, 2017

Texts and Textiles
The Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Marie-Louise Nosch
Research / Academic
April 4, 2017

Earwitness Thomas Kuhn
The Interview in Historical Research
Anke te Heesen
Research / Academic
March 29, 2017
Hanbok in Modern and Postmodern Times
Fashion, Counter-Fashion, and Anti-Fashion
Minjee Kim
Research / Academic
March 28, 2017

Getting Art and Science Together…
An Exhibition History
Anke te Heesen
Research / Academic
March 28, 2017
Teaching Game Design for Museums
Matt Parker, Barry Joseph, Marco Castro Cosio
Research / Academic
March 27, 2017

Symposia—New York on Display
1853 New York Crystal Palace
Research / Academic
March 24, 2017
Where Books and Fabrics Merge
The Endbands of the Eastern Mediterranean Bookbindings
Georgios Boudalis
Research / Academic
March 23, 2017

Thinking About Cultural Heritage Now
The Work of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center
Brian I. Daniels
Research / Academic
March 21, 2017
Alumni Spotlight Lecture—Keep the Research on Your Right
Teaching, Writing, and Curating as Tributaries
Ezra Shales
Research / Academic
March 21, 2017


The Archaeology and History of Colonial Peru
The Case of Magdalena de Cao Viejo
Jeffrey Quilter
Research / Academic
February 23, 2017
Keys to the H Blocks
The Materiality of Conflict and…
Louise Purbrick
Research / Academic
February 22, 2017

In Enemy Hands
Captive Bodies in Ancient Mesoamerican Art
Caitlin Earley
Research / Academic
February 21, 2017
From the Antipodes to the Met
Transformative Processes in Yolngu Art
Howard Morphy
Research / Academic
February 21, 2017


Cultures of Conversation “Keyword” Panel
Conserving 9/11
Zainab Bahrani, Jan Seidler Ramirez, Mark Wagner, Steven Weintraub, Ittai Weinryb
Research / Academic
February 1, 2017

Insect Artifice
The Making of Joris Hoefnagel’s Four Elements
Marisa Bass
Research / Academic
January 31, 2017
And One King to Rule Them All?
Investigating Religious and Political Landscapes…
Uthara Suvrathan
Research / Academic
January 30, 2017


The Conservator’s Cupboard
Mark Dion
January 25–26, 2017
Book Launch — In Space We Read Time
On the History of Civilization and Geopolitics
Karl Schlögel, Mark Mazower, Peter N. Miller
Research / Academic
January 24, 2017

Kids Workshop
Model Builders
Tours / Education
January 21, 2017

‘The Great Kosmos of All Armenia’
On the Sarcophagus of Isaac
Benjamin Anderson
Research / Academic
January 18, 2017

Foreign Phobia & the American…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Jack Tchen
Research / Academic
December 13, 2016
Kids Workshop
Mask Makers!
Tours / Education
December 10, 2016

Diamonds, Sugar, and Art
Flemish Merchants in the Early Modern World
Christina Anderson
Research / Academic
December 7, 2016

Charles and Ray Eames
The Hollywood Connections
Pat Kirkham
Research / Academic
December 7, 2016
Staging Evidence
Revisiting Loss
Pearson | Shanks
December 5–9, 2016

Staging Evidence
Encountering Locale
Pearson | Shanks
Public Programs
December 5–9, 2016
Staging Evidence
Working With What Remains
Pearson | Shanks
Public Programs
December 5–9, 2016

Staging Evidence
Scene of a Crime: Mobilizing Evidence
Pearson | Shanks
Public Programs
December 5–9, 2016
Staging Evidence
Classical Antiquity
Pearson | Shanks
Public Programs
December 5–9, 2016

Staging Evidence
Pearson | Shanks at Bard Graduate Center
Pearson | Shanks
Public Programs
December 5–9, 2016
Textiles in the Historic Interior
A Look at Curatorial, Conservation, and Interpretive Issues
Deborah Lee Trupin
Research / Academic
November 30, 2016

Walking with Whitman
Mobile Learning in Brooklyn Heights
Jesse Merandy
Research / Academic
November 29, 2016
Publication as Means of Distribution…
Ulrich Leben
November 29 – December 8, 2016

The Rediscovery of Antiquity by Percier
Ulrich Leben
Public Programs
November 29 – December 8, 2016
Charles Percier and the Invention…
Ulrich Leben
Public Programs
November 29, 2016 – December 8, 2014

The Education of Percier
Ulrich Leben
Public Programs
November 29 – December 8, 2016

Curator’s Spotlight
Jean-Philippe Garric
Public Programs
November 20, 2016
Symposia—Percier
Antiquity and Empire
Research / Academic
November 18, 2016


Between Construction and Invention: Theories…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Jean-François Bédard
Research / Academic
November 15, 2016

Beyond the Renaissance Palace
The Material World of Sixteenth-Century Artisans and Shopkeepers
Paula Hohti
Research / Academic
November 10, 2016
Out of Whole Cloth
Exploring Balinese Textiles in the Mead-Bateson Collection
Urmila Mohan
Research / Academic
November 9, 2016

A Parisian Residence of the…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Ulrich Leben
Research / Academic
November 9, 2016

Redefining Color at Hôtel Beauharnais
The Restoration of the Furniture…
Ulrich Leben
Research / Academic
November 3, 2016

The Protection of Cultural Heritage in Italy
A Short History and Some Current Issues
Salvatore Settis
Research / Academic
November 2, 2016
Cultures of Conservation “Keyword” Panel
Digging into Central Park’s Layered Past
Hilary Ballon, Richard W. Hunter, Christopher J. Nolan, Nan A. Rothschild, Jessica Walthew
Research / Academic
November 1, 2016

Mind in the Making
Reflection and the Artisanal in the Material World
Maggie Jackson
Research / Academic
October 27, 2016
The Modern Interior
A View from Bard Graduate Center
Public Programs
October 27, 2016

Whitney Stories
Humanizing the Museum through Digital Storytelling
Elyse Mallouk
Research / Academic
October 26, 2016

Netherlands Institute for Conservation Art and Science
An Integrated Approach Towards Understanding…
Robert van Langh
Research / Academic
October 19, 2016

Real and Metaphoric Spaces
Perspectives and Positions in the…
Viola König
Research / Academic
October 19, 2016


Luxury Object Artisans in the Ancient Andes
Coca and Metal Producers in…
Alicia Boswell
Research / Academic
October 5, 2016
Jamestown and Beyond
Using Digital Technologies to Visualize…
Lisa Fischer
Research / Academic
September 28, 2016


Models and Music
Sketch Night
Tours / Education
September 21, 2016
Multiple Authors
Ceramics, Celebrity, and Shaping Notions…
Malcolm Baker
Research / Academic
September 15, 2016

Toward an American Indian Abstract
The Art and Politics of Mary Sully
Philip Deloria
Research / Academic
September 14, 2016
Irma Boom
Bookmaker
Irma Boom
Public Programs
September 12, 2016

Weaving Modernism
Postwar Tapestry between Paris and New York
Kay Wells
Research / Academic
August 24, 2016

Models and Music
Sketch Night
Tours / Education
August 17, 2016

Models and Music
Sketch Night
Tours / Education
July 20, 2016


Cool Finnish
A Jazz Concert
Public Programs
June 26, 2016

Couples in Architecture
Design by Marriage
Tod Williams and Billie Tsien
Public Programs
June 16, 2016

Models and Music
Sketch Night
Tours / Education
June 15, 2016
The Colors of Alvar Aalto and Artek
Influences and Evolution
Harald Arnkil
Public Programs
June 9, 2016

Curator’s Spotlight
Frontier Shores: Collection, Entanglement, and…
Shawn Rowlands
Public Programs
June 7, 2016

Kids Workshop
Journal Makers!
Tours / Education
June 4, 2016
Couples in Architecture
Design by Marriage
Public Programs
June 2, 2016

Trobriand Cricket
An Ingenious Response to Colonialism
Jerry Leach
Public Programs
May 25, 2016

Models and Music
Sketch Night
Tours / Education
May 18, 2016

Walking Tour
MidCentury Modern On the East Side
Matthew A. Postal
Public Programs
May 14, 2016

International Style
The UN and Turtle Bay
Matthew A. Postal
May 7, 2016

Rococo for the Spanish Court
The Interiors of Mattia Gasparini…
Tobias Locker
Research / Academic
May 4, 2016

Models and Music: Sketch Night
Joan Chiverton
May 4, 2016
‘Bold design and bolder ornaments’:…
The Majolica International Society Lecture
Miranda Goodby
Research / Academic
May 4, 2016

Curator’s Spotlight
Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World
Nina Stritzler-Levine
May 3, 2016

Walking Tour
Midtown Deco to Modern
Matthew A. Postal
Public Programs
April 30, 2016
Wine, Women, and the Glory of Venice
Masterpieces of Renaissance Glass
Dora Thornton
Research / Academic
April 28, 2016

Diasporas of Art and ‘The Great Forgetting’
Violence and the Visual Unconscious…
Debora L. Silverman
Research / Academic
April 27, 2016

Frontier Shores
Collection, Entanglement, and the Manufacture…
Research / Academic
April 25, 2016

Spring Exhibitions Opening
Artek and the Aaltos: Frontier Shores
April 21, 2016 – January 24, 2017
Mistake or Transgression? A History of Scandalous Clothing
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Denis Bruna
Research / Academic
April 19, 2016

Saturday Sessions—Designing Dining
Session III: Framing Food: Plates and Pictures
April 16, 2016 – January 24, 2017
Saturday Sessions—Instruments Inside Out
Session III: In Time: Collaborative Sound
April 16, 2016 – January 24, 2017

Bringing Back The Sheaves
Agrarian Life and Material Culture…
Brent D. Shaw
Research / Academic
April 13, 2016
Dangerous Relic
“The Bloody Shirt”; A Material…
Matthew Dennis
Research / Academic
April 12, 2016

Saturday Sessions—Instruments Inside Out
Session II: Strung Out: Violin Making
Tours / Education
April 9, 2016

Scotch Myths
The Furniture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Re-appraised
David Jones
Research / Academic
April 7, 2016
20th Annual Iris Foundation Awards Luncheon
April 6, 2016 – January 24, 2017

Global Things: Trade and Material…
The Iris Foundation Awards Lecture
Giorgio Riello
Research / Academic
April 5, 2016
Saturday Sessions—Instruments Inside Out
Session I: Woodshopping Woodwinds
Tours / Education
April 2, 2016

Saturday Sessions—Designing Dining
Session I: Stylish Settings
Tours / Education
April 2, 2016
‘The best Rubarbe is that…
Rhubarb and the Imagination of…
Anne T. Gerritsen
Research / Academic
March 29, 2016


The Meaning of Glass: What…
The Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk
Research / Academic
March 22, 2016
Climate and Commodities
Material Exchanges between West Africa and Europe, 1000–1300
Sarah M. Guérin
Research / Academic
March 21, 2016

Conservation Conversation—A Multiplicity of Voices
The Structure of Preservation at…
Gabrielle A. Berlinger, David Favaloro
Research / Academic
March 15, 2016

Paper is Part of the Picture
Margaret Holben Ellis
Research / Academic
March 2, 2016

The Art, Praxis, and Power of Oral History
Mary Marshall Clark, Amy Starecheski
Research / Academic
February 24, 2016
Wolf King of Glorious Memory
Culture and Ideology in Twelfth-Century…
Abigail Krasner Balbale
Research / Academic
February 23, 2016

Cultures of Conservation “Keyword” Panel
Minimalist, Post-Minimalist, and Conceptual Art
Francesca Esmay, Sherri Irvin, Jeffrey Weiss, Glenn Wharton, Ivan Gaskell
Research / Academic
February 23, 2016
Drinking Horns
Nature and Myth
Susanne Ebbinghaus
Research / Academic
February 22, 2016

A Dictator’s Evil Decor
Reflections on Writing Hitler at Home
Despina Stratigakos
Research / Academic
February 17, 2016
Making Space: Museums and Craft…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Namita Gupta Wiggers
Research / Academic
February 2, 2016

The Tradition of Marble
How it is Quarried and…
Charlie Kaplan
Research / Academic
January 29, 2016

Sun King to Moon King:…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Robert Wellington
Research / Academic
January 26, 2016

‘The Magnificent Seven’
The Great Fāṭimid Rock Crystal Ewers
Jeremy Johns
Research / Academic
March 5, 2015

Symposium—Objects and Power:
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Medieval…
Abigail Balbale
April 11, 2014
From Legible Text to Magical Pattern
Arabic Inscriptions in Muslim and Christian Spain
Abigail Balbale
March 5, 2014

A Dutch Mystic in the New World
Reverend Everardus Bogardus (1607-1647) and His Callings
Willem Frijhoff (Early Modern History, Free University, Amsterdam)
Research / Academic
January 1, 2014


Official Opening of Hats:
An Anthology by Stephen Jones
September 15–25, 2011



Designing Woman:
How Florence Knoll Created…
Public Programs
June 30, 2011
Modern Furniture Conservation:
Form and Material Challenges
Introduced by Earl Martin
June 23, 2011

Florence Knoll:
Textiles as Interior Architecture
Christine Gorby
Research / Academic
June 16, 2011
New Room to Blue Room:
Music of the Knoll Years
Public Programs
June 5, 2011

Women & Modern Architecture in Midtown
Guided by Matthew A. Postal
Public Programs
June 4, 2011
Massimo and Matter:
Shaping the Knoll Identity
Moderated by Alice Twemlow
Public Programs
June 2, 2011

Suzanne Tick and Hazel Siegel:
Material Thinking
Moderated by Matilda McQuaid
Public Programs
May 25, 2011
Working Fabric:
Innovation in Design at KnollTextiles
Public Programs
May 19, 2011


Symposium—Ex Voto:
Votive Images Across Cultures
Research / Academic
April 28, 2011
The “Pleasures of Surprise” in…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Susan Taylor-Leduc
Research / Academic
April 27, 2011

Heritage as Therapy:
The Materiality of Uplift in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Research / Academic
April 20, 2011

The Body in the Library:
Structure and the Collection of…
David Hancock
Research / Academic
April 13, 2011
Twine and Braid:
Origins, Materials, and Meaning of the Chilkat Robe
Evelyn Vanderhoop
Public Programs
April 8, 2011

The Mahogany Connection: From…
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Jennifer L. Anderson
Research / Academic
April 6, 2011

The Sound of Color:
The Colorado Quartet and Wang Guoweiin Concert
Public Programs
April 3, 2011
Symposium—Objects of Exchange:
Social and Material Transformation on…
Research / Academic
April 1, 2011

Forms of Distraction:
Towards a Decorative Imagination in Eighteenth-Century France
Mimi Hellman
Research / Academic
March 30, 2011

A Refined Eye:
Important Collections and Connoisseurship…
Moderated by François Louis
Public Programs
March 24, 2011
Assessing the Nature of the Silk Road Trade:
The Material Evidence
Valerie Hansen
March 23, 2011

Family Day:
Dragon Keeper with a Secret!
Caroline Borderies, Tracy Grosner
March 19–29, 2011

Eyes of the Flaneuse:
Women Photographers and New York City, 1890s-1940s
Mary Woods
Research / Academic
March 16–26, 2011
Drawing on the Past:
The Persistence of Ornament: Cloisonné in Contemporary Jewelry
Jamie Bennett, Jeanette Caines, Jeannine Falino
Tours / Education
March 11, 2011

Drawing on the Past:
Activating the Legacies of Native…
Moderated by Aaron Glass
Public Programs
March 10, 2011
Filled with Hidden Meaning:
Sacred Iconography and Buddhist…
Karl Debreczeny
Public Programs
March 3, 2011

The Crystalline Body: Fragments of…
Paul and Irene Hollister Lectures on Glass
Jeffrey Schnapp
Research / Academic
March 2, 2011

Needling: Embroidery and Satire in…
Françoise and Georges Selz Lectures…
Melissa Hyde
Research / Academic
February 16, 2011

The Artist in the Exchange:
Charles Edenshaw, Master Haida Carver
Margaret Blackman
Research / Academic
February 10, 2011

The Warp and Weft of History:
Raphael and Le Brun…
Tristan Weddigen
Research / Academic
February 8, 2011

Scholar Zhang Peeks at Yingying:
Pictorial Aspects of Cloisonné and…
Claudia Brown
Research / Academic
February 3, 2011

A Curator’s View:
Chinese Enamels from the Yuan,…
Béatrice Quette
Public Programs
January 28, 2011

The Hand of God and…
Craft and Collaboration at Arnstein Abbey
Jeffrey F. Hamburger
Research / Academic
December 1, 2010
From Gilding to Whitewash:
Aesthetics and Ethics of Distraction…
Finbarr Barry Flood
Research / Academic
November 17, 2010

A Ducal Inventory in Sixteenth-Century Portugal:
From the Caribbean to China
Nuno Senos
Research / Academic
November 10, 2010
Art’s Struggle with Judaism:
Medieval and Early Modern
David Nirenberg
Research / Academic
November 3, 2010

Gian Vincenzo Pinelli (1535-1601) and His Library:
Book Collecting and the Republic…
Angela Nuovo
Research / Academic
October 27, 2010
Do Objects have Ethnicities?: Race and Material Culture
The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond…
Fath Davis Ruffins
Research / Academic
October 20, 2010

Symposium—The Cisneros Seminar in the…
Rethinking Material Culture from the…
Research / Academic
October 12–14, 2010

The Materiality of Style:
The Case of Ivories from…
Marian Feldman
Research / Academic
October 6, 2010

Discoveries:
Perspectives on the History of…
Richard Kagan
Research / Academic
May 17, 2010

Cosmopolitan Cosmetics:
Shiseido and Early 20th Century Japanese Advertising Design
Gennifer Weisenfeld
Research / Academic
April 21, 2010

Symposium—Secondhand Culture:
Waste, Value, and Materiality
Research / Academic
April 15–16, 2010

Thinking About Things:
Studying Material Culture and Reading Objects
Margaretta Lovell
Research / Academic
April 7, 2010

What Galileo Saw and How:
Glass and its Challenges for…
Sara J. Schechner
Research / Academic
March 25, 2010
Writing the History of Polish Jews:
the Case of Emanuel Ringelblum
Samuel D. Kassow
Research / Academic
March 17, 2010

Hydraulic Engineering, Emperorship, and Ecology…
Evidence from the Visual Arts
Heping Liu
Research / Academic
March 10, 2010
Aby Warburg’s ‘Mnemosyne Atlas’:
The Story of an Unfinished Project
Claudia Wedepohl
Research / Academic
February 24, 2010


Medieval Reliquaries:
‘Minor Arts’ of Major Importance
Cynthia Hahn
Research / Academic
January 27, 2010
Citizenship and Style:
Interwar French and German Homes
Leora Auslander
Research / Academic
January 20, 2010

Family Day:
Discover Dutch New York!
Stephanie Stern
December 5, 2009

The Artisanal Guitar:
Craft and Community in a Neoliberal Age
Kathryn M. Dudley
Research / Academic
December 2, 2009
Reflecting on Silver:
Manufacture, Markets, and Meaning in Early New York
Marybeth DeFilippis, Beth Carver Wees, Ubaldo Vitali and Debra Schmidt Bach
Tours / Education
November 20, 2009

Inventory: Text and Context
Bernard L. Herman
Public Programs
November 19, 2009


Melville in New York
Andrew Delbanco
Public Programs
November 12, 2009
Germany in the World, 1600-2000:
Thinking About a New Project
David Blackbourn
Research / Academic
November 11, 2009

The Art of Illumination:
The Limbourg Brothers and…
Timothy Husband
Research / Academic
November 4, 2009
Community Festival:
Navigate Early New York!
November 1, 2009

Changing Attitudes Towards Power and Palaces:
Architecture Between Umayyad ‘Desert…
Thomas Leisten
Research / Academic
October 28, 2009

Flatbush in the Seventeenth Century
Ruth Piwonka, David Voorhees, and Peter N. Miller
October 22, 2009
Symposium—Dutch New York Between East and West:
The World of Margrieta van Varick
Research / Academic
October 19–20, 2009

Trajectories of Value in Pintupi Painting
An Incomplete History of an Aboriginal Painting Movement
Fred Myers Anthropology, New York University
October 14, 2009


Walking Tour
A Visit to Nieuw Amsterdam
October 3, 2009
The English Press and the…
Juliet Fleming (English, New York University)
Research / Academic
September 23, 2009

Illuminating Hoentschel
A French Tastemaker and His World
Ulrich Leben
Research / Academic
November 30, 1999