Thursday, October 18, 2007

Join Us for ICA/GCA Academic Lectures!

Free to GCA students
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Next Lecture: Tuesday, October 23; 6:30 pm – 8:30pm

Projects of Andrea Palladio and Paolo Veronese

Instructor: Diana Gisolfi, Professor, Pratt Institute, Department of Art History

Diana Gisolfi, Professor of Art History and Director of Pratt in Venice, will offer a prelude to the 500th year since the birth of Palladio in 1508. Her lecture will look at cases where a variety of patrons employed Veronese and Palladio on the same project. Gisolfi is author of many articles on Veronese and his collaborators as well as co-author with S. Sinding-Larsen of the book The Rule, the Bible, and the Council: The Library of the Benedictine Abbey at Praglia. She has given papers at international congresses on Veronese and Tintoretto in Venice, while her invited lectures in the United States at universities and at College Art Meetings have centered on drawing and painting patronage and practice in late sixteenth century Venice and the Veneto. At the Renaissance Society of America in March she spoke on free re-uses of antique imagery in Renaissance examples from Verona and Venice. Her current book manuscript is titled Paolo Veronese and the Practice of Painting in late Renaissance Venice, and she is organizing a session for the Italian Art society at CAA in February on Art by Italian Women.

Upcoming Lectures:

Tuesday, Nov. 13; The Lost Painting of Classical Antiquity
Instructor: Leonard Porter

Tuesday, Nov. 27; Art of Devotion: The Career Works of Ecclesiastical Artist Anthony Visco
Instructor: Anthony Visco

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Derriere Guard Festival Oct. 13 & 14

Dear students, faculty, friends of the GCA and ICA&CA:

Stefania de Kenessey, composer, member of the ICA&CA Council of Advisors, and director of the Derriere Guard invites you to the upcoming 10th anniversary celebration of the Derriere Guard Festival, which takes place during the weekend of October 13 - 14 at the Grand Central Academy of Art. Below you will find a detailed list of activities including the opening talk by Frederick Turner and the closing keynote by Tom Wolfe.

All events are free, but space is limited so please RSVP directly to Stefania or her assistant: or

Derriere Guard 10th Anniversary Festival:

Saturday, October 13, 6:00 - 9:30pm
Sunday, October 14, 2:00 - 7:00pm

All events take place at 20 West 44th Street (The General Society for Tradesmen & Mechanics Building) at various locations in the building.

No admissions fee, but please RSVP as space is limited.

Featured Guests: Tom Wolfe (American Novelist), Jacob Collins (founder of the GCA and the Hudson River School for Landscape), Anne Fairfax (Chair of ICA&CA board of directors), Frederick Turner (author of Natural Classicism), David Homan (Live Arts Collaboration) and Stefania de Kenessey (American composer)

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, October 13, 6:00 - 9:30pm
General Society of Tradesmen & Mechanics, The Library, Mezzanine
  • 6:00pm, Opening keynote speech by Frederick Turner
  • 7:00pm, Opening Reception
  • 7:00pm, Grand Central Academy of Art Studios, 6th floor, Galleries Open: Exhibits of contemporary painting, sculpture and architectural drawings

Sunday, October 14, 2:00 - 7:00pm
The Grand Central Academy of Art Studios, 6th floor

  • 2:00pm - poetry, dance
  • 2:30pm - music, drawing
  • 3:00pm - more poetry, dance
  • 3:30pm - more music, drawing
  • 4:00pm - Roundtable Discussion, "Back to the Future" with Jacob Collins, painting; Anne Fairfax, architecture; Frederick Turner, poetry; David Homan, dance; Stefania de Kenessey, music.
  • 5:00pm - The General Society Library, Mezzanine, Closing Reception
  • 5:30pm - Opera excerpts from "The Bonfire of the Vanities,"
  • 6:00pm - Closing Speech by Tom Wolfe