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Lectures, Tours, Events


ICAA at Work: RemainsRegister Now!

Thursday, September 14, 2017; 6:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

ICAA at Work is a recurring opportunity for ICAA members to interact with the New York region’s vibrant community of showrooms, workshops, and studios. In a convivial social setting, participants can learn more about the host organization, see their work first-hand, and interact with the people behind the works they create and purvey.

Please join ICAA members on Thursday, September 14th from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. for ICAA at Work, at the Brooklyn workshops of Remains Lighting. For over 20 years, Remains has established itself with the highest quality work. Beginning with antique restoration, Remains soon added made-to-order and custom lighting at its flagship showroom on 28th St, and in showrooms in Greenwich, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London. More recently, Remains began offering mirrors, fireplace accessories, and candlesticks in addition to its LED, gas-lit, and incandescent lighting designs.

Remains designs, engineers, and manufactures everything in its LEED-Gold certified factory in Bushwick, Brooklyn using sustainable practices and a combination of traditional metalworking skills and technology. Remains renovated its 1920’s four-story industrial factory building to LEED-Gold standards in 2008, with a light hand and emphasis on sustainability. The rooftop boasts a view of the Manhattan skyline over the solar panels that power roughly one third of Remains’ consumption.

A tour of the factory will be led by Remains owner David Calligeros, who will elaborate on the processes involved in creating fine metalwork and custom lighting.

Location: Remains Lighting, 21 Belvidere St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Cost/Reservations: Space is limited and reservations are required. Free and open to ICAA members and students only.


Discover Classical New York: Harkness House Tour

Saturday, September 16, 2017; Tours at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM

This event is currently sold out. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please email programming@classicist.org.

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 Harkness’ 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.

Location: Harkness House, 1 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA Members, $30 General Public. Registration is required. Participants will meet in front of Harkness House at 10:15am for the 10:30am tour and at 12:45pm for the 1:00pm tour. The tour will last approximately one hour.

Photo: New York Adventure Club


Formality and Informality: Lecture with Landscape Designer Arne MaynardRegister Now!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017; 6:30 P.M. Reception, 7 P.M. Lecture

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) is pleased to announce a lecture with landscape designer Arne Maynard co-hosted by Architectural Digest.

Arne Maynard designs gardens that play with the balance between formality and informality. It is the combination of these two principles that yields gardens full of romantic, atmospheric, and informal planting, and which have a longevity that comes from the enduring strength of a formal structure.

In this exclusive lecture for the ICAA, Arne will talk through a selection of his mature projects, showing how the layers of formality and informality play their roles in his designs. The formal layout, defined by elements such as paths, hedges, trees, and topiary, form the bones of the garden that endure throughout the year. These are juxtaposed with plants that are encouraged, in their moment of exuberance, to truly inhabit the spaces. In Arne Maynard’s gardens, roses tumble through trees and spill over walls, above meadows and borders that are celebrations of the seasons, temporarily dissolving the perennial formality of the structure beneath.

Arne Maynard is an international garden designer with a portfolio of high profile clients. He is an RHS Gold Medal and Best in Show winning designer, and is hailed by his profession as one of the most important garden designers working today. Central to Arne Maynard’s work as a garden designer is his ability to identify and draw out the essence of a place, something that gives his gardens a particular quality of harmony and belonging. Attention to detail, both in the planting and the structure of the garden, is paramount in Arne’s designs, which draw on a wide range of references, from architecture to garden history, and from interior design to often long-forgotten traditional crafts and techniques.

Arne’s latest book, The Gardens of Arne Maynard, published by Merrell, is available to purchase now from book shops or online.

Location: The General Society Library at 20 West 44th Street, First Floor, New York, NY 10036

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA members, $30 General Admission. Reservations are required.

Special thanks to our lecture sponsor, Hollander Design Landscape Architects

Image Credit: Britt Willoughby Dyer, William Collinson.


Opening Up The Soane with Bruce BoucherRegister Now!

Monday, September 25, 2017; 6:30 P.M. Reception, 7:00 P.M. Lecture

Please join the ICAA for Opening Up The Soane with Bruce Boucher, Director of London’s venerable Sir John Soane’s Museum. In his lecture, Bruce will talk about the importance of the Museum’s outreach programs, as well as its seven-year project to improve restore the Museum to its 1837 state, which efforts led to the Museum being a finalist for the UK’s Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017.

Bruce Boucher studied at Harvard University, Magdalen College, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, where he obtained his PhD. He also attended the Getty Institute’s Museum Leadership course. He taught for over twenty years at University College in the University of London before entering the museum world as curator and head of European Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Ancient Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. He then worked as director of the Fralin Museum of Art.
During his time at the Fralin, he supervised a major renovation of the museum and curated a number of exhibitions. His research interests have been Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassical architecture and art. He is the author of a number of books, and has served on the steering committee or has been responsible for various other exhibitions.

Location: The General Society Library at 20 West 44th Street, First Floor, New York, NY

Cost/Reservations: Free for ICAA members and members of Sir John Soane’s Museum, $30 General Admission. Reservations are required.


ICAA at Work: Jonathan BurdenRegister Now!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017; 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.

ICAA at Work is a recurring opportunity for ICAA members to interact with the New York region’s vibrant community of showrooms, workshops and studios. In a convivial social setting, participants can learn more about the host organization, see their work first-hand, and meet and speak with the people behind the works they create and purvey.

Please join us on Tuesday, September 26th for a visit to the Jonathan Burden Gallery. Growing up in the countryside of Yorkshire, England, Jonathan Burden was surrounded by antique furniture whether at the local church or a stately country house. A boyhood visit to a local restorers workshop, with its distinct smell of wood shavings and drying varnishes, sparked a passion that eventually lead to formal training at the venerable West Dean College in Sussex. Upon graduating from West Dean, Jonathan worked in London for the renowned dealer Ronald Philips. Arriving in New York City in the mid 1980s, Jonathan worked for Sotheby’s auction house. Jonathan opened his own shop in the West Village in the mid 1990s and then was the first dealer to open a gallery on Duane Park in Tribeca with his business partner Benjamin Izett. The latest move, occurring in 2016, has brought the gallery and restoration workshop to Long Island City.

The gallery houses an eclectic and striking collection of both antique and and contemporary decorative arts. With an emphasis on scale, quality of materials, surface and construction the inventory is hand-selected from many sources, local and far. The company’s contemporary line, BURDEN Contemporary, sources local talent and skills from artists, blacksmiths, ceramicists, glass blowers and cabinet-makers to bring unique contemporary furniture and decorative arts to its clients, ensuring a close, collaborative relationship between artist, gallery, and client.

Location: Redstone Building, 47-20 33rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

Cost/Reservations: Space is limited and reservations are required. Free and open to ICAA and Soane Museum members only.

Getting There:
By car from Manhattan, the gallery is moments away from exit 13 of interstate 495 East and one block from Queens Boulevard.
By train, they are one block away from the 33rd Street station of the number 7 subway line.


Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV

Thursday, October 5, 2017; Time TBA

Please join the ICAA and the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) for a co-sponsored lecture with Dr. Wolf Burchard on the topics addressed in his book, The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV.

King Louis XIV’s favorite artist, Charles Le Brun, has often been described as a dictator of the arts in France – a statement which Dr. Burchard’s book reassesses. Le Brun was a gifted and versatile artist, an excellent painter and designer of tapestries, sculpture, architecture, and furniture. As Louis XIV’s principal painter and director of the Gobelins manufactory, he sought to translate the Sun King’s claim for absolute power into a visual form. This lecture will explore Le Brun’s different fields of activity and his relationship to the great monarch. 

Dr. Wolf Burchard is an art and architectural historian, and a specialist on 17th and 18th century royal patronage. He is the British National Trust’s Furniture Research Curator and was Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Collection Trust from 2009 to 2014. As Curatorial Assistant, he aided Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, in curating The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy, 1714-1760 at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, commemorating the tercentenary of George I’s accession to the British throne. He studied history of art and architecture at the university of Tübingen, Vienna and received his MA and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He publishes and regularly lectures on art and architectural patronage at the British, French, and German courts. He is a Trustee of the Georgian Group and a member of the Events Committee and Editorial Panel of the Furniture History Society.

Copies of Dr. Burchard’s book will be available for purchase after the lecture.

Location: New York School of Interior Design, 170 East 70 Street, New York, NY 10021

Cost/Reservations: Free for NYSID students and faculty and ICAA members, $12 General Admission. Reservations are required.

Timing and further registration details to be announced.


Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour & ScholarshipsRegister Now!

October 7 - 14, 2017

Examining French Classical Architecture through Sketching & Watercolor

The Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour is based on the successful Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour. Its purpose is to expand the knowledge of American architects, designers and students in French Classical architecture, interiors and landscape.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The week-long program is a sketching and watercolor course for the study of Classical French architecture, interiors and landscapes. Students will develop skills necessary for the illustration of each subject using various media including pencils, ink and watercolor painting. The study of iconic architecture, gardens, and objets d’art throughout the city of Paris and its environs will enable students to experience the principles of Classical design.The tour curriculum includes classes and demonstrations of sketching and watercolor, tours of prominent Classical buildings and visits to institutions which have preserved records of Classical works, ending in a final presentation of student work.

CREDITS
45 AIA LUs

TUITION AND FEES
Tuition for the Christopher H. Browne Paris Drawing Tour is $2,700 ($2,600 for ICAA members). Travel to and from Paris and accommodation for the duration of the course is not included in the cost.

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Note: Several places are reserved for scholarship applicants. Should you wish to apply for a scholarship, please fill in the application form instead of registering online. Please see instructions below.

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours honor the generosity, leadership, and legacy of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s late Trustee, Mr. Christopher H. Browne. The ICAA is pleased to award four scholarships to drawing tour students annually in the name of Mr. Browne, a long-time supporter and champion of classicism. Scholarship recipients will receive the moniker “Christopher H. Browne Scholars.”
To be considered for a scholarship, please send the following, as PDF’s, to education@classicist.org. The deadline for completed scholarship application forms is August 25, 2017. Students and emerging professionals are encouraged to apply.

The following materials are required for consideration for a scholarship:

Completed Scholarship Application Form
• A brief letter describing why you are interested in, and how you will benefit from the program
• Examples of your work: suggested 3-4 images submitted as PDFs
• Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
• Letter of Recommendation

Instructors: Kahlil Hamady, Leslie-jon Vickory, Andrew Zega, and Bernd Dams

For more information please contact Alexa Marshall, Education Programs Assistant, at amarshall@classicist.org or 212-730-9646 ext 111.

To view the 2017 itinerary for the Paris Drawing Tour, please click here. (schedule subject to change)


2017 OHNY Weekend

Saturday, October 14, 2017; 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.

For two days each October, Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend unlocks the doors of New York City’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.

In partnership with OHNY, the ICAA will be opening the doors to its Cast Hall on the 6th Floor of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen. The Cast Hall features a collection of rare plaster casts, commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 1880’s-90’s. The Cast Hall opened in 2015 and features plaster replicas of timeless works of art such as the Roman Discobolus, panels from Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise at the Basilica Di Santa Maria Del Fiore, and the Roman Diadoumenos.

There will be modeling dough and a crafting area in the Cast Hall for children to make modeling dough sculptures of the plaster casts. Parents must supervise their children, as there will not be staff on duty for supervision.

Location: ICAA Cast Hall, 20 West 44th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10036

Cost/Reservations: No registration required. Free and open to the public on a drop-in basis during the hours indicated.

Please contact jholt@classicist.org with inquiries.


The 6th Annual Stanford White Awards

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Further details to be announced.

Thank you to our sponsors:
High Line Construction Group
Tischler und Sohn USA Ltd.


Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour & Scholarships

June 2 - 9, 2018

Examining the Classical Tradition in Rome through Drawing and Watercolor

The Christopher H. Browne 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.
There are no prerequisites for the program.

CREDITS
50 AIA LUs

TUITION AND FEES
Tuition for the Christopher H. Browne Rome Drawing Tour is $2,700 ($2,600 for ICAA members). Travel to and from Rome and accommodation for the duration of the course is not included in the cost. Participants may pay by credit card when registering online or by mailing a check made out to the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art with “Rome” in the memo.

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SCHOLARSHIPS
The Christopher H. Browne Drawing Tours honor the generosity, leadership, and legacy of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s late Trustee, Mr. Christopher H. Browne. The ICAA is pleased to award four scholarships to drawing tour students annually in the name of Mr. Browne, a long-time supporter and champion of classicism. Scholarship recipients will receive the moniker “Christopher H. Browne Scholars.”

The deadline for completed scholarship application forms is April 2, 2018.

The following materials are required for consideration for a scholarship:

• Completed Scholarship Application Form
• A brief letter describing why you are interested in, and how you will benefit from the program
• Examples of your work: suggested 3-4 images submitted as PDFs
• Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
• Letter of Recommendation

INSTRUCTORS: Ben Bolgar, Thomas Rajkovich, and Richard Piccolo

Itinerary for the tour will be released in the coming months.