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Celebrated as one of America's preeminent landscape painters, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was born in northern England at the start of the industrial revolution, immigrated to the United States in his youth, and traveled extensively throughout England and Italy as a young artist. He returned to America to create some of his most ambitious works and inspire a new generation of American painters. This exhibition will examine for the first time the artist's career in relation to his European roots and travels, establishing Cole as a major figure in 19th-century landscape art within a global context. Thomas Cole's Journey marks the 200th anniversary of Cole's first Atlantic crossing, when he emigrated from England to the United States in 1818, and examines in-depth Cole's return journey to England in 1829–31 and his travels in Italy in 1831–32, revealing the development of his artistic processes. Seminal works created by the artist in the years immediately after his return to New York, between 1832 and 1837—notably The Oxbow and The Course of Empire—are presented as a culminating creative response to his complex experiences of British art and society and of Italian history and landscape. In addition, Cole's abiding passion for the American wilderness resulted in his fervent visual warning in these paintings to his fellow American citizens of the harsh ecological cost of unchecked development of the land. This exhibition brings to prominence the dialogue between American and European artists in the mid-19th century by hanging Cole's work in direct juxtaposition with works he studied on his formative journey, including paintings by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, among others. It concludes with an examination of Cole's extraordinary legacy in the work of the next generation of American landscape painters whom he personally mentored, notably Asher B. Durand and Frederic E. Church.

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM; starting 2/26/2018, ending 2/26/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale Public Library Location : 
  Scarsdale Public Library.

Instructor : Page Knox 



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Celebrated as one of America's preeminent landscape painters, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was born in northern England at the start of the industrial revolution, immigrated to the United States in his youth, and traveled extensively throughout England and Italy as a young artist. He returned to America to create some of his most ambitious works and inspire a new generation of American painters. This exhibition will examine for the first time the artist's career in relation to his European roots and travels, establishing Cole as a major figure in 19th-century landscape art within a global context. Thomas Cole's Journey marks the 200th anniversary of Cole's first Atlantic crossing, when he emigrated from England to the United States in 1818, and examines in-depth Cole's return journey to England in 1829–31 and his travels in Italy in 1831–32, revealing the development of his artistic processes. Seminal works created by the artist in the years immediately after his return to New York, between 1832 and 1837—notably The Oxbow and The Course of Empire—are presented as a culminating creative response to his complex experiences of British art and society and of Italian history and landscape. In addition, Cole's abiding passion for the American wilderness resulted in his fervent visual warning in these paintings to his fellow American citizens of the harsh ecological cost of unchecked development of the land. This exhibition brings to prominence the dialogue between American and European artists in the mid-19th century by hanging Cole's work in direct juxtaposition with works he studied on his formative journey, including paintings by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, among others. It concludes with an examination of Cole's extraordinary legacy in the work of the next generation of American landscape painters whom he personally mentored, notably Asher B. Durand and Frederic E. Church.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 2/28/2018, ending 2/28/2018

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Page Knox 



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Celebrated as one of America's preeminent landscape painters, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was born in northern England at the start of the industrial revolution, immigrated to the United States in his youth, and traveled extensively throughout England and Italy as a young artist. He returned to America to create some of his most ambitious works and inspire a new generation of American painters. This exhibition will examine for the first time the artist's career in relation to his European roots and travels, establishing Cole as a major figure in 19th-century landscape art within a global context. Thomas Cole's Journey marks the 200th anniversary of Cole's first Atlantic crossing, when he emigrated from England to the United States in 1818, and examines in-depth Cole's return journey to England in 1829–31 and his travels in Italy in 1831–32, revealing the development of his artistic processes. Seminal works created by the artist in the years immediately after his return to New York, between 1832 and 1837—notably The Oxbow and The Course of Empire—are presented as a culminating creative response to his complex experiences of British art and society and of Italian history and landscape. In addition, Cole's abiding passion for the American wilderness resulted in his fervent visual warning in these paintings to his fellow American citizens of the harsh ecological cost of unchecked development of the land. This exhibition brings to prominence the dialogue between American and European artists in the mid-19th century by hanging Cole's work in direct juxtaposition with works he studied on his formative journey, including paintings by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, among others. It concludes with an examination of Cole's extraordinary legacy in the work of the next generation of American landscape painters whom he personally mentored, notably Asher B. Durand and Frederic E. Church.

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM; starting 3/8/2018, ending 3/8/2018

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Page Knox 



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This excursion includes guided visits to four prominent Chelsea galleries featuring highly anticipated exhibitions.  We will also walk along the High Line and look at the curated public art by esteemed contemporary artists.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 3/13/2018, ending 3/13/2018

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Ronnit Vasserman 



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Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze (November 17, 2017 through April 22, 2018) highlights the extraordinary tension in Rodin’s work between the figure itself and abstract form, allowing the fluid contours, animated surfaces, and emotional presence of these bronzes to emerge fully.  The exhibit places the works in their historical context, examining Rodin’s legacy and reputation, and exploring his sculptural practice and the bronze casting process.  Rodin heralded a new era in sculpture, and he is represented here through each phase of his prolific career, including both small and monumental works related to his best-known commissions.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 3/21/2018, ending 3/21/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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This tour offers is a rare opportunity to spend "quality time" with the public art installations throughout our subway system.  The first stop is Times Square, where we will view spectacular murals by Roy Lichtenstein and Jacob Lawrence.  We will continue to explore Arts & Design (formerly Arts for Transit) commissions by Jack Beal, Toby Buonagurio, and Lisa Dinhofer.  Our final stop will be South Ferry, where the Starn Twins (whose sprawling piece, "Big Bambú," dominated the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in 2010) have recently completed "See It Split, See It Change," a site-specific installation featuring floor-to-ceiling glass walls laced with sparkling silhouettes of leaves and trees.  Open your eyes to all that awaits you on MTA platforms and passageways and discover the underground art collection in New York City.  

Schedule : Weekly - Fri 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM; starting 3/23/2018, ending 3/23/2018

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Riva Blumenfeld 



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On February 1st, 1913, the brand-new Grand Central Terminal opened its doors to an admiring public. On February 1st, 2013, the beautifully restored Terminal  - rescued from destruction by a seminal 1978 Supreme Court decision - celebrated its Centennial, accompanied by exhibitions, events, and a new book: Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark. The Terminal’s creation combined engineering bravado (sinking two train yards below ground), technological wizardry (electrifying the trains to eliminate steam and enable their underground functioning), and real-estate savvy (replacing the original street-level train yard with 16 blocks of newly prime Midtown Manhattan real-estate, whose development paid for it all) with innovative planning (interior ramps and looping tracks) and Paris-inspired Beaux-Arts design. This walking tour brings the Terminal to life - its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM; starting 3/25/2018, ending 3/25/2018

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Anthony Robins 



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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 4/11/2018, ending 4/11/2018

Tuition: $50.00

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

Instructor : Riva Blumenfeld 



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Celebrated as one of America's preeminent landscape painters, Thomas Cole (1801–1848) was born in northern England at the start of the industrial revolution, immigrated to the United States in his youth, and traveled extensively throughout England and Italy as a young artist. He returned to America to create some of his most ambitious works and inspire a new generation of American painters. This exhibition will examine for the first time the artist's career in relation to his European roots and travels, establishing Cole as a major figure in 19th-century landscape art within a global context. Thomas Cole's Journey marks the 200th anniversary of Cole's first Atlantic crossing, when he emigrated from England to the United States in 1818, and examines in-depth Cole's return journey to England in 1829–31 and his travels in Italy in 1831–32, revealing the development of his artistic processes. Seminal works created by the artist in the years immediately after his return to New York, between 1832 and 1837—notably The Oxbow and The Course of Empire—are presented as a culminating creative response to his complex experiences of British art and society and of Italian history and landscape. In addition, Cole's abiding passion for the American wilderness resulted in his fervent visual warning in these paintings to his fellow American citizens of the harsh ecological cost of unchecked development of the land. This exhibition brings to prominence the dialogue between American and European artists in the mid-19th century by hanging Cole's work in direct juxtaposition with works he studied on his formative journey, including paintings by J. M. W. Turner and John Constable, among others. It concludes with an examination of Cole's extraordinary legacy in the work of the next generation of American landscape painters whom he personally mentored, notably Asher B. Durand and Frederic E. Church.

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 4/11/2018, ending 4/11/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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Enjoy this historical and culinary exploration of Essex Street Market, a centerpiece of Manhattan's Lower East Side community for 77 years.  Once a central shopping area for Jewish and Italian households on the Lower East Side, today the market is home to vendors from more than 10 different countries, including from the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, and Mexico.  While tasting delicious foods and meeting with market vendors and hearing their stories, this tour will also explore the past, present, and future of New York City’s public market system, from its beginnings in the 1930s under Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, to its role today in providing quality food and opportunities for small culinary entrepreneurs to launch their businesses and grow.  This experience will include a food tasting tour that will visit with 5-6 market vendors, from fishmongers and cheesemongers to bakers, coffee roasters, and restaurateurs, and an in-depth specialty olive oil and vinegar tasting and comparison of pure and infused varieties with Saad Bourkadi, owner of Essex Olive & Spice House, whose family has been growing and pressing olives in Fez, Morocco for four generations.  Tastings will be plenty for lunch and may include European and American farmstead cheeses, fresh-baked breads, Mexican tacos, Japanese street food, fresh-squeezed juice, and more.  During the olive oil and vinegar tasting, you will compare three extra virgin olive oils from around the world and how to differentiate between them, as well as olive oils and vinegars that have been infused with ingredients ranging from garlic to blood orange.  Note: Please note that most dietary restrictions can be accommodated on this tour with sufficient advance notice; please notify Registrar@ScarsdaleAdultSchool.org.  

Schedule : Weekly - Sun 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM; starting 4/15/2018, ending 4/15/2018

Tuition: $80.00

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

Instructor : Tunstile Tours 



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Visit a dozen Italian food shops across Arthur Avenue and 187th Street, the heart of Little Italy in the Bronx.  The tour weaves together history, cooking advice, and tastings of bread, cheese, pastry and pizza.  Tastings will be the cumulative equivalent of a medium-sized lunch and include: ten imported Italian cheeses, two different specialty breads, house cured sausage, freshly made mozzarella, pizza, and rainbow cookies.  

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM; starting 4/17/2018, ending 4/17/2018

Tuition: $80.00

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

Instructor : Arthur Ave Food Tours 



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Grant Wood's American Gothic — the double portrait of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a woman commonly presumed to be his wife — is perhaps the most recognizable painting in twentieth century American art, an indelible icon of Americana, and certainly Wood's most famous work.  But Wood's career consisted of far more than one single painting.  Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables (March 2 through June 10, 2018) brings together the full range of his art, from his early arts and crafts decorative objects and impressionist oils through his mature paintings, murals, and book illustrations.  The exhibition reveals a complex, sophisticated artist whose image as a farmer-painter was as mythical as the fables he depicted in his art.  Wood sought pictorially to fashion a world of harmony and prosperity that would answer America's need for reassurance at a time of economic and social upheaval occasioned by the Depression.  Yet underneath its bucolic exterior, his art reflected the anxiety of being an artist and a closeted gay man in the Midwest in the 1930s.  By depicting his subconscious anxieties through populist images of rural America, Wood crafted images that spoke both to American identity and to the estrangement and isolation of modern life.  

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; starting 4/18/2018, ending 4/18/2018

Tuition: $25.00

Location : Scarsdale High School Location : 
  Scarsdale High School.

Instructor : Elizabeth Thompson Colleary 



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