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Since the spring of 2009, New Yorkers and visitors have been enjoying the High Line, a public park built on an abandoned elevated rail structure on Manhattan's West Side.  The High Line has sparked a design revival in the neighboring Meatpacking District and Chelsea, with work by some of today's best-known architects, including Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, and Shigeru Ban.  Join us for an architectural walking tour along 1.5-miles of this elevated park from south to north.  Learn about the design of the park and the many new buildings that have sprung up alongside it.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 9/10/2017, ending 9/10/2017

Tuition: $40.00

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

Instructor : John Hill 



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Hailed as one of the most ambitious contemporary art projects that the MTA has ever undertaken, the new 2nd Avenue Subway art project was created at a cost of $4.5 million.  Four artists were chosen beginning in 2009, from a pool of more than 300 high-profile applicants, to treat the stations as their very own and make them into individual installations.  Sarah Sze, Chuck Close, Vik Muniz and Jean Shin were selected to transform these new platforms.  Our guided-tour will begin at the 96th Street station and end at the 63rd Street station.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM; starting 9/13/2017, ending 9/13/2017

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 1.Margaret Matthews-Berenson  2.Riva Blumenfeld 



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Calder: Hypermobility, running from June 9 to October 23, 2017, focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the kinetic sculpture artwork of Alexander Calder.  This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended — in motion.  Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900-1960, which opened in April, traces how artists have approached the relationships, institutions, and activities that shape our lives.  Drawn entirely from the Whitney’s holdings, the exhibition is organized around five themes: family and community, work, home, the spiritual, and the nation.  This lecture will prepare students to get the most out of their museum visit.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 9/13/2017, ending 9/13/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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This guided tour of this City of Yonkers public property will showcase the gardens that were once owned by Samuel Untermyer, who had acquired the Greystone estate from Samuel Tilden.  The tour will include the Walled Garden that was designed in the Indo-Persian style but appointed with Greek architecture, the Vista that descends 135 steps past the ruins of the Color Gardens and leads to ancient Roman columns overlooking the Hudson River, and the Temple of Love, a romantic, naturalistic rock outcropping with cantilevered terraces, winding steps and water courses.  Hats, water bottles, and sturdy shoes for traversing paths covered in wood chips are recommended.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 9/15/2017, ending 9/15/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Instructor : N.A. 



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The mission of the Foundation is to educate the public about the importance of art and to increase public awareness of self-taught and emerging artists.  The Foundation's collection is made up of pieces by the self-taught and contemporary artists James Castle, Rackstraw Downes, Red Grooms, Alison Hall, Stanley Lewis, Catherine Maize, Sangram Majumdar, Claes Oldenburg, Nellie Mae Rowe, E.M. Saniga, Beatrice Scaccia, Judith Scott, Leopold Strobl, Sam Szafran, Bill Traylor and Purvis Young, as well as additional pieces on loan from the Louis-Dreyfus Family Collection.  Over 200 artists are featured in the Foundation's collection, all collected by its benefactor, the late William Louis-Dreyfus.  Join us for a tour of the collection housed in a museum-quality space.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 9/26/2017, ending 9/26/2017

Tuition: $40.00

Instructor : N.A. 



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Delirious times demand delirious art, or so proposes this exhibition, running from September 13, 2017, to January 14, 2018.  The years between 1950 and 1980 were beset by upheaval.  Around the globe, military conflict proliferated and social and political unrest flared.  Disenchantment with an oppressive rationalism mounted, as did a corollary interest in fantastic, hallucinatory experiences.  Artists responded to these developments by incorporating absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition into their work.  Delirious explores the embrace of incongruity and irrationality among American, Latin American, and European artists.  Divided into four sections — Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense, and Twisted — this exhibition showcase roughly 100 works of art by 62 artists linked by a common distrust of reason expressed as an exercise in calculated lunacy.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM; starting 10/4/2017, ending 10/4/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Page Knox 



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This lecture will feature Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón at El Museo del Barrio and the Latino artwork within the permanent collections displayed at both the Museum of Modern Art and the Brooklyn Museum.  Nkame is a landmark retrospective – the first in the U.S. dedicated to the work of Belkis Ayón (1967–1999), a Cuban artist who created an independent and powerful visual iconography using the collography technique.  MoMA includes work by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and the Brooklyn Museum shows contemporary works by Rigoberto Torres and Pepon Osario.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 10/4/2017, ending 10/4/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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Delirious times demand delirious art, or so proposes this exhibition, running from September 13, 2017, to January 14, 2018.  The years between 1950 and 1980 were beset by upheaval.  Around the globe, military conflict proliferated and social and political unrest flared.  Disenchantment with an oppressive rationalism mounted, as did a corollary interest in fantastic, hallucinatory experiences.  Artists responded to these developments by incorporating absurdity, disorder, nonsense, disorientation, and repetition into their work.  Delirious explores the embrace of incongruity and irrationality among American, Latin American, and European artists.  Divided into four sections — Vertigo, Excess, Nonsense, and Twisted — this exhibition showcase roughly 100 works of art by 62 artists linked by a common distrust of reason expressed as an exercise in calculated lunacy.

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 10/6/2017, ending 10/6/2017

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Page Knox 



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This is the centennial year of the creation of the gardens at Greystone, the estate once owned by Samuel Untermyer, who sought to build “the greatest gardens in the world.”  The lecture will cover the property’s glory days, the conveyance of the gardens to the City of Yonkers after Untermyer’s death, its decline as a hippie hangout and a place where mass murderer Son of Sam performed animal sacrifices, and its recent restoration.  Lecture will include archival photographs, documents and eyewitness accounts from these periods.  

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM; starting 10/12/2017, ending 10/12/2017

Tuition: $20.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Stephen Byrns 



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This illustrated lecture explores street art, from 1970s New York City graffiti to gallery artists like Keith Haring, who utilized this artistic form of vandalism as a springboard to broadcast their own voices of contemporary culture.  All of the major metropolitan areas of the world boast a thriving, expressive community of artists who have taken their thoughts, observations, and opinions to the street.  From Miami to the US heartland, the West Bank to Reykjavik, some of the most talented and original artists in the world today like Banksy and Shepard Fairey embrace this vital, contemporary art form is embraced by .    

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; starting 10/12/2017, ending 10/12/2017

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Martin Merchant 



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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 life.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 10/15/2017, ending 10/15/2017

Please read: Rain Date October 22

Tuition: $40.00

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

Instructor : Jess Velona 



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This architectural walking tour looks at the changing landscape of Manhattan’s Midtown architecture by focusing on the street that has become known as Billionaires’ Row.  We focus on recently completed buildings as well as those under construction.  The tour is approximately two and a quarter miles long.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 10/17/2017, ending 10/17/2017

Tuition: $40.00

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

Instructor : John Hill 



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