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2 Series on American Art at 92Y
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Winter and Spring 2018

Art and the American Identity
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
January 24, 2018 – March 4, 2018

Art historian Rena Tobey gives a 6-week interactive lecture series on American art, placing various artists and styles in the complex narrative of what it means to be an American.

  • January 24, Clothes Make the Country: Colonial Portraiture and Separating from England
  • January 31, The Land: Landscape Paintings and Emblems of the American Dream
  • February 7, The People: Genre Paintings and the Emergence of American Archetypes
  • February 14, The City: Urban Realism and America’s Evolving Identity
  • February 21, The Global Stage: Ex-Pats, Taste, and the Art Market
  • February 28, Understanding Contemporary Art and America’s Future
  • March 7, Snow Date

Learn more and register here.

Many Voices of American Art
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
April 11, 2018 – May 2, 2018

Art historian Rena Tobey gives a 4-week interactive lecture series on American artists whose works show the diversity of our history and identity.

  • April 11, A Changing World for Men After the Civil War
  • April 18, Finding Her Way – Urban Women’s Experience from 1850 to 1950
  • April 25, African-American Artist Voices Rise
  • May 2, Immigrant Issues Then and Now

Learn more and register here.


Finding Her Way
Friday, February 9, 2018, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
171 W 85th St
New York, NY 10024

Theresa Bernstein, In the Elevated, 1916

Historically, American women artists have had to navigate society’s expectations of their domestic role with their drive to be recognized as professionals. Their art often reveals this conflict. In this interactive session, come take a close look at several of these paintings that also tell the story of American women’s history from the mid-19th to early-20th centuries.

And plan ahead for Painting Connecticut:
North Haven Public Library
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
More details soon!
Now providing tours of Gracie Mansion, the residence of New York City’s mayors for 75 years. Fascinating glimpse into the personal and political lives of the mayoral families, as well as a fine example of Federal style architecture, furniture, and history.
Don’t miss the very particular piece of Revolutionary War history and the tie ins with Alexander Hamilton!
Free with a Reservation. On this page, scroll down to register for tours on:
Monday, February 26, 2018, 5 p.m.
Monday, March 26, 2018, 5 p.m.
Monday, April 23,  2018, 5 p.m.
Monday, May 21, 2018, 5 p.m.
Monday, June 25,  2018, 5 p.m.
Monday, July 23, 2018, 5 p.m. 
Monday, August 27, 2018, 5 p.m.
Monday, September 24, 2018, 5 p.m.


See you there!


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Did you miss Daniel Fitzmaurice and his radio show,

Artbeat, on WNHH? You can listen to the Wednesday,

March 16 program on women in art and Finding Her Way on the two tracks below.

Daniel is the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven.



Check out H/artful Home and the Rose Marcus Tobey artist catalogue!


Rena is also happy to walk you through the New York Historical Society permanent collection                                        170 Central Park West at 77th Street



Herb and Dorothy 50×50:  Rena is included in the documentary, leading a tour of the Vogel Collection at the Delaware Art Museum.  You can hear her voice about 22 seconds into this trailer and then get a quick glimpse of her tour.