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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.


Painting Connecticut: 175 Years of Connecticut History Through its Artwork
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
E.C. Scranton Memorial Library Central Library
801 Boston Post Rd
Madison, CT 06443

Beatrice Cuming, Saturday Night, New London, 1935-43Beatrice Cuming, Saturday Night, New London

Many famous artists have been inspired by Connecticut’s pastoral tranquility and radiant light. But the story of Connecticut told through painting is so much more. Come explore stories of the state’s rich history through the painted canvas. Learn about the Colonial portrait painter who as a Loyalist fled to England during the Revolutionary War, only to return to paint Connecticut’s faces.

Explore how painters helped create the myth of Connecticut all around the country. See the rise of industrialism and its uneasy relationship with farm culture. And yes, there are the transcendent landscapes, too. This talk is sure to give you new perspective on the place you inhabit every day, through this rich range of diverse artists and their compelling works.
Registration is preferred online or by calling 203-245-7365.
Now providing tours of Gracie Mansion, the residence of New York City’s mayors for 75 years. Fascinating glimpse at 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:
Tuesday, January 30, 2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 24,  2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, May 22, 2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, June 26,  2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 24, 2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 28, 2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, September 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


See you there!


 Artventures!® Game


Artventures!® Game  is now on sale at many museums and galleries.  You can also get it on amazon.  Hooray!





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.