Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Programs

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Thank you to our seasonal sponsor Balmer Architectural Mouldings, Inc.

Our additional thanks to our co-seasonal sponsor Interior Management, LLC.

Lectures, Tours, Events


Preservation in Global Cities

Thursday, September 10; Thursday, September 10; 6:30 pm lecture; reception to follow

The ICAA is pleased to present Preservation in Global Cities, in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York. Every global city today faces the challenge of protecting their unique urban architectural heritage  (often a core component of their tourist brand) while encouraging continuing economic development and growth.  But the theory and practice of preservation can differ greatly on different continents and according to different cultures.  While in older world cities like Paris and New York preservation laws have tended to guard historic districts for decades, Asian and Latin American global cities of more recent vintage face a different set of issues.  Join an international panel of architects, planners, and academics to explore the contrasting approaches and strategies faced by global cities in Europe, Asia, and America. This program delves into the themes of the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. Now on view through January 3rd.

Calvin Tsao, FAIA, Partner, Tsao & McKown
Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, World Monuments Fund
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Architect, Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University, & Founder and Editor, Future Anterior Journal
Budd Mishkin (moderator), NY1 News Correspondent, “One on 1 with Budd Mishkin”

Location: The lecture is hosted by the Museum of the City of New York.

Cost/Reservations: $10 for ICAA members; Free for MCNY members, $12 for students/seniors, $16 for non-members. Visit the Museum of the City of New York website to reserve. The discount code is SAVE50

The Saving Place public programs series is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation. The symposium is co-sponsored by Historic Districts Council, The Municipal Art Society, New York Preservation Archive Project, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, American Scottish Foundation, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Bronx Museum of Arts, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Central Park Conservancy, Columbia University GSAPP, Cooper-Hewitt, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Global Gateway Alliance, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Community Preservation Organization, Historic House Trust, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, Kaufman Music Center, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Merchant’s House Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion, Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Preservation Center, New York Harbor Parks,  New York School of Interior Design, New York Transit Museum,  NYC Landmarks 50, NYC & Co., Pratt Institute, Preservation League of New York State, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Society of Architectural Historians, Time Square Alliance, and The Victorian Society New York, Metropolitan Chapter of the VSA.
AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this program.

Image credit: Iwan Baan


Rocky Mountain Chapter: Third Annual Newman Awards

Tuesday, September 15, 2015; 6:00–10:00 PM

The 3rd annual Newman Awards will recognize achievement in six categories including architecture, interiors, landscape design, history and journalism, student awards, and artisanship.

Winners of the Newman Awards will be recognized at an evening ceremony held on September 15, 2015 at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver, CO.

For more information about the Newman Awards, please visit the ICAA Rocky Mountain Chapter website or contact Anne Hackett, ICAA RMC chapter coordinator, info@classicist-rmc.org, 720-375-2952.


Discover Classical New York: Harkness House Tour Register Now!

Saturday, September 19, 2015; Tours at 10:30am and 1:30pm

Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter

Once again, Harkness House curator, Paul Wentworth Engel, will lead tours of the Harkness House. Described by the Landmarks Preservation Commission as “an imposing residence in the style of an Italian Renaissance palazzo… outstanding not only for excellence of design and beauty of execution, but also for subtle richness of detail,” the house and its English, French, and Italian style interiors remain virtually unchanged since its completion in 1908. Designed by the architect James Gamble Rogers for Edward and Mary Harkness, the house was a wedding gift to them from Edward’s mother, Anna Harkness. Upon the Harknesses’ deaths in 1940 and 1950, the house was bequeathed to the Harkness family foundation, The Commonwealth Fund. In a sense, the house never left the family and is one of the best surviving examples from New York’s Great House Era. Since 1952, the house has been the headquarters for the Fund, which maintains the house impeccably.

Participants will meet in front of Harkness House at 10:15am for the 10:30am tour and at 1:15pm for the 1:30pm tour. The tour will last approximately one hour.

Location: Harkness House is located at 1 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021.


Lecture with Renny ReynoldsRegister Now!

September 24, 2015; 6:30 pm Reception; 7:00 pm Lecture

Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to present Listening to the Land, a lecture with Renny Reynolds.

In Listening to the Land, renowned garden and event guru Renny Reynolds will share with us two of his most famous garden projects: his own gardens at Hortulus Farm in Wrightstown, PA, and the Connecticut garden of the legendary film and theater producer Scott Rudin. Both of these projects were significant challenges in that the natural topography of both landscapes had much to say in the ultimate designs of their gardens. Renny’s approach to his designs, however, is always to first “listen to the land” and what it tells him in terms of what is both feasible and appropriate, and then to plunge in with a judicious hand. The resultant landscapes both showcase the happy results of his signature method.

Location: The reception and lecture will take place at the Library at The General Society at 20 West 44th Street

Cost/Reservations: FREE for ICAA members and employees of professional member firms; FREE for General Society members; FREE for full-time students with current ID. $30 for the general public.

















Artist Studio Tour with Leonard PorterRegister Now!

October 3, 2015; 1:00-3:00pm

Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter

Location:

Classical Artists’ Studio Tour
Leonard Porter Studio

Join us for the second in our series of classical artists’ studio tours, as we visit the Manhattan studio of Leonard Porter.  An Arthur Ross Award recipient, Porter will discuss his exploration of Greek mythology, and recent large-scale commissions.


Inventing Preservation

Thursday, October 8; 6:30pm lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present ‘Preservation in Global Cities’, in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York. Historic preservation activism in New York City did not begin in the 1960s with the fight to save Penn Station and the effort to pass the Landmarks Law—it began in the late 19th century. Little-remembered preservation pioneers like Andrew H. Green and Albert Bard, as well as various women’s garden clubs, and patriotic and civic organizations laid the groundwork for the generations of preservationists that would follow. Join us to recount the triumphs, failures, and tactics of these early preservationists, and discuss what they might teach us moving forward.

Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian
Anthony Wood, Founder and Chair, New York Preservation Archive Project
Amy Freitag, Executive Director at JM Kaplan Fund
Seri Worden, Field Services at National Trust for Historic Preservation

Location: The lecture is hosted by the Museum of the City of New York.
Cost/Reservations: $10 for ICAA members; Free for MCNY members, $12 for students/seniors, $16 for non-members. Visit the Museum of the City of New York website to reserve. The discount code is SAVE50

This program delves into the themes of the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. Now on view through January 3rd. The Saving Place public programs series is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation. The symposium is co-sponsored by Historic Districts Council, The Municipal Art Society, New York Preservation Archive Project, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, American Scottish Foundation, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Bronx Museum of Arts, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Central Park Conservancy, Columbia University GSAPP, Cooper-Hewitt, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Global Gateway Alliance, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Community Preservation Organization, Historic House Trust, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, Kaufman Music Center, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Merchant’s House Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion, Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Preservation Center, New York Harbor Parks,  New York School of Interior Design, New York Transit Museum,  NYC Landmarks 50, NYC & Co., Pratt Institute, Preservation League of New York State, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Society of Architectural Historians, Time Square Alliance, and The Victorian Society New York, Metropolitan Chapter of the VSA.

AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this program.


Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors?

Tuesday, October 20; 6:30 pm lecture

The ICAA is pleased to present ‘Inside the Four Seasons and other New York Landmark Interiors’, in partnership with the Museum of the City of New York. We enjoy looking at historic interiors, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Behind the walls, below the floors, and underneath the painted surfaces are the back-stories few people have heard about the city’s known and not-so-known landmarks. The authors of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York will take us behind the scenes of some of the City’s most interesting spaces. They will tell little-known and fascinating stories about places like City Hall and the Tweed Courthouse, Loew’s Paradise Theater, the Four Seasons Restaurant, the Dime Savings, and Manufacturers Trust bank buildings. They will share stories of the political wrangling, financial skullduggery, design competitions, preservation challenges, and restoration problems that designers and builders dealt with to provide insight into why these venues are so special and how even being a landmark doesn’t guarantee that a great space will remain safe from damage, or change.

Judith Gura, Design Historian and Exhibitions and Public Programs Consultant at the New York School of Interior Design
Kate Wood, President at LANDMARK WEST!
Larry Lederman, Photographer

Location: The lecture is hosted by the Museum of the City of New York.

Cost/Reservations: $10 for ICAA members; Free for MCNY members, $12 for students/seniors, $16 for non-members. Visit the Museum of the City of New York website to reserve. The discount code is SAVE50

Photography by Larry Lederman © All rights reserved.

This program delves into the themes of The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, on view through September 13. Now on view through January 3rd. The Saving Place public programs series is made possible through the generous support of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation. The symposium is co-sponsored by Historic Districts Council, The Municipal Art Society, New York Preservation Archive Project, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and is co-presented with AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture, AIANY Historic Building Committee, American Scottish Foundation, Art Deco Society of New York, The Beaux Arts Alliance, Bronx Museum of Arts, Brooklyn Heights Association, Brooklyn Historical Society, Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Central Park Conservancy, Columbia University GSAPP, Cooper-Hewitt, CUNY Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, Docomomo US/New York Tri-State, Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts, Global Gateway Alliance, Gotham Center for New York City History, Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, The Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Community Preservation Organization, Historic House Trust, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, Judd Foundation, Kaufman Music Center, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Merchant’s House Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion, Murray Hill Neighborhood Association, Neighborhood Preservation Center, New York Harbor Parks,  New York School of Interior Design, New York Transit Museum,  NYC Landmarks 50, NYC & Co., Pratt Institute, Preservation League of New York State, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Society of Architectural Historians, Time Square Alliance, and The Victorian Society New York, Metropolitan Chapter of the VSA.

AIA CES credits will be offered for attending this program.


The History and Application of Architectural and Ornamental Plaster

Thursday, October 22, 2015; 6:30pm Reception;; 7:00pm Lecture (optional visit to Cast Gallery to follow)

Details to be announced.

Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2015.


2015 Stanford White Awards

Wednesday, December 2, 2015; 6:00-9:00pm


Co-sponsored by the ICAA New York Chapter

Save the date! The Institute is honored to host this year’s awards presentation and reception on Wednesday, December 2nd.

Ticket information and more details to follow.

The 2015 Stanford White Awards are generously sponsored by:
Zen Restoration
S. Donadic, Inc.
Horizon Builders
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Vella Interiors
Eric J. Smith Architect, PC
Linda London, Ltd.
The Nanz Company
The Urban Electric Co.

For information on sponsoring the 2015 Stanford White Awards, contact Kathleen Maloney, Associate Director of Development, at kmaloney@classicist.org or call 212-730-9646 ext. 106.


Paris Drawing Tour

April 25–29, 2016

Examining French Classical Architecture through Sketching & Watercolor

The five-day drawing and painting program in Paris is based on the ICAA’s successful, annual Rome program. Its purpose is to expand the knowledge of American architects, designers and students in French Classical Architecture, Interiors and Landscape and in the artisan and building traditions still in practice today through centuries-old guilds for the crafts of building.

Course Description
The course is centered on exploring the Neo-Classical Architecture of Paris. In contrast to Rome, Paris’ Classical traditions are relatively recent and modern, and a significant historical source of inspiration for American architects and designers, dating back to Thomas Jefferson’s political residency in France. The city is experienced through a northern filtered light, which highlights its architectural fabric, best recorded through the subtle means of watercolors and grisailles.

Participants will attend lectures on the history of the City and its architecture, its influence on American Classical architecture, to be followed by classes and demonstrations on watercolors, tours of prominent Neo-Classical buildings, visual studies of some of the City’s prominent architectural heritage via sketchbook, and visits to institutions which have preserved records of Classical works and the crafts of building.

For more information please contact Edith Platten, Director of Education, at eplatten@classicist.org or 212-730-9646 ext 113


Rome Drawing Tour

June 04-11, 2016

Examining the classical tradition in Rome through drawing and watercolor

The ICAA Rome drawing tour provides participants practical knowledge of the classical tradition as manifested in the architecture, urbanism and landscapes of Rome. The means for studying Rome’s wealth of architectural and urban precedent is through observational drawing and watercolor.

Course Description

Drawing is a tool for understanding the world around you. It provides one with a way of thinking about the things they see. During the course of this drawing tour participants will undertake the challenge of developing their skills in representing complex three-dimensional forms. Participants will examine the works of artists and architects while seeing what they saw in-situ throughout the city of Rome. Participants will use their works as benchmarks to emulate and surpass. In this manner participants will actively engage the tradition as a means for not only to developing individual drawing techniques for documenting the world around us but also to provide participants with tools for seeing. The class will make use of a variety of media and techniques in the undertaking of drawings that will entail a variety of scales from the human figure, building detail, building, piazza and city. The course will explore a number of techniques and subject matter. The subjects will include the figure, architecture including architectural details, plan section and elevation, and landscape. Particular attention will be placed on perspective, especially two point views, lighting, shades and shadow.

For more information please contact Edith Platten, Director of Education, at eplatten@classicist.org or 212-730-9646 ext 113