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Hudson River School painters, such as Thomas Cole, Asher Brown Durand and Jasper Francis Cropsey, celebrated America in paintings that combined heroic grandeur with detailed realism.  The luminists, including Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett and Martin Johnson Heade, often turned away from the panoramic views and specific sites of the Hudson River School.  Instead, they shared a sensitivity to the tranquility of light in their paintings.  Both visions of these nineteenth century landscape artists offered a romantic look at a still new country, a nostalgic reminder of yesterday's optimism.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 4/27/2017, ending 4/27/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Lynne Mayocole 

Call 914-723-2325 to register


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In the exhilarating decade of the 1920s, American patronage and creativity emerged on the world stage of design and decoration.  The Jazz Age, running at Cooper Hewitt from April 7 through August 20, 2017, will focus on American tastes during the period, with the United States as consumer and originator, while considering Eastern and Western European influences to define an emerging language of modern design.  The exhibition will examine the strong connections between France, primarily for luxury, and Austria with the United States, as talent and craftsmanship, urbanity and experimentation, including in the world of jazz and cinema, flowed back and forth across the Atlantic.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM; starting 4/28/2017, ending 4/28/2017

Tuition: $35.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : N.A. 

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This major retrospective exhibition of the photographs of Irving Penn (1917-2009) marks the centennial of the artist’s birth and features a landmark promised gift to the Met from the Irving Penn Foundation of over 150 photographs along with selections from the Met’s own collection, representing every period of the great American artist’s dynamic 70-year career with the camera.  Included will be iconic fashion studies of his wife Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Quechua children in Cuzco, Peru, tribesmen in New Guinea, color flower studies, nudes, portraits of urban laborers, still lifes, and the artist's beloved studio portraits of cultural figures.  Register separately for either the in-town lecture, the guided tour at the Met on Fifth Avenue, or both.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 4/28/2017, ending 4/28/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : Metropolitan Museum of Art Location : 
  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Instructor : Page Knox 

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The old Lower East Side comes alive in this walking tour.  Central to the tour is the Jewish neighborhood, whose teeming tenements formed the heart of the most crowded place in the late nineteenth century world, including stops before a gloriously restored historic synagogue and the Jewish-owned bank tower where struggling immigrants built their nest eggs.  We also briefly visit the surrounding wards, marked at the time by gangs, flophouses, homeless newsboys and the noisy, smoke-belching elevated railway, as well as the seventeenth century Jewish cemetery that is the oldest human site in Manhattan.  Along the way, Velona tracks unforgettable photographs by Jacob Riis and others to the exact spots they were taken, portraying the struggles and desperation of immigrant lif  

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 4/30/2017, ending 4/30/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : Jess Velona 



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Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, MoMA will present a major exhibition from June 12 to October 1, 2017, comprising approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s.  The museum preview will provide background and insights about this prolific architect, his avant-garde experimentation, and approaches to nature, urban planning, and social politics.  The lecture prepares students for viewing the exhibit’s extraordinary architectural drawings, models, building fragments, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 5/3/2017, ending 5/3/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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Experienced artist and guide Lynne Mayocole will lead students around the hottest art shows this spring.  The details will be determined close to the date of the tour but galleries under consideration include those in lower Manhattan, Chelsea, or the Lower East Side.  The final selection will depend on what shows offer the most impressive work at the time.  Sign up and stay tuned!  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 5/4/2017, ending 5/4/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : Lynne Mayocole 



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Jasper Cropsey, 1823-1900, was a member of the Hudson River School and one one of America's finest nineteenth-century landscape artists.  His home, Ever Rest, located in Hastings-on-the-Hudson is included on the National Register of Historic Places in New York.  Also on the property is the Gallery of Art, which houses a permanent collection of Cropsey's works.  Our visit will consist of a guided tour of Ever Rest and the permanant collection in the Gallery of Art.  Currently on exhibit, until June 6, is Jasper Francis Cropsey - Reminiscenes of a Life.  The show highlights works that have not been publically displayed, including works that are not often attributed to Cropsey such as small still life paintings and scenes of New York City.  Students can remain on site after the guided tours to view this exhibit on their own. 

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 5/5/2017, ending 5/5/2017

Tuition: $40.00

Location : Ever Rest Location : 
  Ever Rest.

Instructor : N.A. 



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French photographer Joséphine Douet envisions American painter Andrew Wyeth’s world in this exhibit of Douet’s photographs.  Inspired by the same rural Pennsylvania landscapes and people that were the subject of Wyeth’s artwork, Douet traveled to Wyeth’s hometown of Chadds Ford, to photograph scenes for this project.  Douet has selected twelve of the painter's drawings and watercolors to pair with her photographs in the Wyeth Wonderland series.  Some of these comparisons are direct, as in a portrait of the same sitter, years later.  With others, she was drawn to an aesthetic synergy she felt when looking at Wyeth’s and her images together.  She spoke to some of the people who had known Wyeth, as she sought the secret of his sensibility:  Join us for a tour of this special exhibit as well as the museum’s permanent collection.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 5/12/2017, ending 5/12/2017

Tuition: $30.00

Location : Hudson River Museum Location : 
  Hudson River Museum.

Instructor : N.A. 



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Stonecrop Gardens is located in Cold Spring, New York and was originally the home of Anne and Frank Cabot.  Stonecrop became a public garden in 1992.  Beautifying approximately 12 acres, Stonecrop features diverse woodland and water gardens, a grass garden, raised alpine stone beds, cliff rock gardens, and an enclosed English-style flower garden.  For garden enthusiasts and nature lovers, this class is an opportunity to take a guided-tour along the paths of this paradise and learn about its creation and plants.  Please wear clothing and shoes suitable for walking. . 

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM; starting 5/17/2017, ending 5/17/2017

Please read: Rain Date: May 24, 2017

Tuition: $30.00

Location : Stonecrop Location : 
  Stonecrop.

Instructor : N.A. 



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Gracie Mansion and its surrounding land hold an important place in the history of both New York City and the United States well before the House was designated the official residence of the Mayor of the City of New York in 1942.  The house sits on land originally granted in 1646 to a Dutch settler who used it as a farm.  In 1770, Jacob Walton, a British Loyalist, purchased the land and built a large house for his family on the property as well as underground escape tunnels, in anticipation of increased conflict between the British Loyalists and the Patriots.  General George Washington’s troops appropriated the home in early 1776 for use as a fortification during the American Revolution.  Archibald Gracie, a successful shipping merchant originally from Scotland, subsequently purchased the land and constructed a country house for his family, Gracie Mansion, on the Walton foundation.  Additional changes to the house and the land on which Gracie Mansion is located reflect the history of New York City and the nation.  Our guided tour will encompass the history of the house and a focus on the exhibit “Gracie’s New York in 1942.”    

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM; starting 5/23/2017, ending 5/23/2017

Tuition: $50.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : N.A. 



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Students will enjoy two feasts for the eyes and also a box lunch in this daytime walking tour in the upper East Side.  From 11am to 12pm, a Central Park docent will guide students through the hidden wonders of the Conservatory Garden at Fifth Avenue and 105th Street.  This secluded six-acre oasis in Central Park, just inside of the Vanderbilt Gate, contains three formal gardens planted in the classical French, Italian, and English styles, and derives its name from the 1898 glass conservatory that once stood there.  The gardens boast heirloom roses, formal hedges, and a myriad of colorful flowering perennials, shrubs, and trees.  After the tour, students will have a boxed lunch at the Museum of the City of New York, across the street; menu choices will be provided in advance to registered students.  Then, from 2 to 3 pm, a museum docent will lead students through After the War: Photographs by Todd Webb, 1945-1960.  Opening in April 2017, this special exhibition will examine Post-World War II New York through the eyes — and lens — of photographer Todd Webb.  As a recently discharged Navy veteran, Webb moved to New York in 1945 to dedicate a year to photographing the city.  Armed with a camera and tripod, he ambitiously set out to understand the city that had enthralled him as a visitor, ultimately creating a body of work that would launch his career as a serious photographer.  In these early years, Webb became a close friend and protégé of Alfred Stieglitz and associated with many of the greatest minds in photography, including Beaumont Newhall, Edward Steichen, Berenice Abbott, and Harry Callahan.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM; starting 6/2/2017, ending 6/2/2017

Tuition: $85.00

Location : T.B.D. Location : 
  T.B.D..

Instructor : N.A. 



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The Costume Institute's spring 2017 exhibition will examine the work of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability.  The thematic show will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo's womenswear for Comme des Garçons, from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection.  The galleries will illustrate the designer's revolutionary experiments in "in-betweenness" — the space between boundaries.  By situating her designs within and between dualities such as East/West, male/female, and past/present, Kawakubo probes their rigidity and artificiality to resolve and dissolve them.  Register separately for either the in-town lecture, the guided tour at the Met on Fifth Avenue, or both.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 6/7/2017, ending 6/7/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Page Knox 



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