October 7: Lecture by Artist Charles Simonds

The NYU Institute of Fine Arts and the Graduate Student Association is proud to present a lecture by artist Charles Simonds.


Tuesday, October 7, 6:30pm 
Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street

Simonds has lived and worked in Manhattan since the late 1960s. After studying sculpture at the University of California, Berkeley and Rutgers University, Simonds embarked on his landmark Dwellings series in 1971, building diminutive structures of tiny clay bricks and wood in SoHo and the Lower East Side. Despite their diminutive size and brief, tenuous lifespans, Simonds's works powerfully address our relationships with the natural and built worlds.

He has had major exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world while maintaining a robust studio practice which continues to evolve and change. Inspired by mentors such as Robert Smithson and companions such as Gordon Matta-Clark, Simonds absorbed the lessons of Minimalism, Conceptualism, Earth Art, and performance while developing a fiercely independent practice that challenges the standard narrative of 1970s experimental art.


Free and open to the public
Please RSVP.
Please note that seating in the Lecture Hall is on a first-come, first-served basis.There will be a simulcast in an adjacent room to accommodate overflow.
For more information on this and upcoming lectures, visit the event page.

October 7: Distinguished Faculty Lecture with Yvonne Rainer

NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study will host Yvonne Rainer, a co-founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, for “Dislocations: An Abbreviated Journey Through 55 Years of Work, or, Enough Trio A.”

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre 
1 Washington Place

A dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer, Rainer is regarded as one of the most influential artistic figures of the last 50 years, with her work encompassing several disciplines and movements: dance, cinema, feminism, minimalism, conceptual art, and postmodernism.

Her works have been shown world wide and have also been rewarded with museum exhibitions, fellowships, and grants, most notably two Guggenheim Fellowships, two Rockefeller grants, a Wexner Prize, a MacArthur Fellowship, and retrospective exhibitions at Austria’s Kunsthaus Bregenz and Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany (2012), the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and London’s Raven Row, London (2014).

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.
For more information, call 212.992.7762 or visit the event page.

October 2: Points of Contact: New Approaches to Islamic Art

The NYU Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies and the Institute of Fine Arts invite you to a lecture entitled Persianate Images Between Europe and China: The "Frankish Manner" in the Diez and Topkapı Albums, ca. 1350-1450.


Thursday, October 2, 6:00 PM
The Institute of Fine Arts, Lecture Hall
1 East 78th Street

This lecture is part of their series, Points of Contact.

About the series:
Over the past decades, the study of Islamic material culture has been marked by increased scholarly attention to transcultural dimensions of art, architecture and archaeology. This interest coincides with an interest in histories of mobility generated by contemporary discourses of the global. It has taken a variety of forms, from attention to the modalities and effects of circulation - the result of diplomatic exchange and gifting, long-distance trade, or looting and reuse, for example - to research on media and regions that lie on the margins of the Islamic world, or outside the traditional boundaries of the canon. Points of Contact introduces some of the exciting new scholarship generated by these developments.

This lecture is free and open to the public.
For more about this series, visit the event page.
For more about other upcoming events, visit the IFA events calendar

September 28: The Circus Comes to Crosby Street

NYU and the Housing Works present a free variety show for children starring the legendary Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

Sunday, September 28, 11:00 am 
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe 
126 Crosby Street


Come enjoy exciting acts starring adult and child performers and get acquainted with the amazing array of discounted kids' books at the Housing Works Bookstore! Perfect for children ages 1-13.

This event is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please RSVP here

September 30 & October 1: Richard Lewis and Alexis De Veaux at the NYU Bookstore

Join authors Richard Lewis and Alexa De Veaux at the NYU Bookstore.

Tuesday, September 30, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway



Richard Lewis is the author of Why Hire Jennifer? How to Use Branding and Uncommon Sense to Get Your First Job, Last Job, and Every Job in Between. Why Hire Jennifer? is the intersection of personal branding and a strategic job search. It is a modern manual that arms job seekers to find their first “real” job and every job thereafter.

Wednesday, October 1, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
NYU Bookstore
726 Broadway




Alexis De Veaux is the author of two award-winning biographies: Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday and Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde. A celebrated writer of poetry, children’s literature, plays, essays, and journalism, De Veaux is also an activist recognized for her life-long contributions to a number of women’s and literary organizations. With her new work, Yabo, Alexis has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

For more information about these events and other upcoming events, visit the 

September 30: Reading From Poet Amjad Nasser

NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study will host Jordanian poet Amjad Nasser for a reading and discussion.

Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre 
1 Washington Place

Now one of the major poets of the Arab world, Nasser was born in Jordan and worked as a journalist in Beirut and Cyprus for a decade in the 1970s and 1980s. Since 1987 he has lived in London, where he is managing and cultural editor of the daily newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. He has published nine volumes of poetry, four travel memoirs, and a novel. His works have been translated into 10 languages. Two collections of his poetry are available in English, “Land of No Rain” (Bloomsbury, 2014) and “Shepard of Solitude” (Bipinal Books, 2010).


The event, co-sponsored with NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, is free and open to the public.

For more information and to RSVP please visit the event page or call 212.998.7365 or email Allyson.Paty@nyu.edu

September 30: Dissident Iraqi Poet Saadi Youssef at NYU Gallatin

NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study will host Iraqi poet Saadi Youssef for a reading and discussion at the Gallatin Global Writers Series.

Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts 
1 Washington Place at Broadway

Youssef is the author of more than 50 works of poetry and prose, is widely considered one of the most influential living poets writing in Arabic and was twice exiled for political dissent. 

The series aims to highlight contemporary international authors and the diverse literary traditions and cultures from which their writing arises. 

Youssef will be introduced by Gallatin professor and poet Sinan Antoon, who has translated Youssef’s poetry into English.

The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored with NYU’s Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.

To RSVP, please email Allyson Paty at Allyson.Paty@nyu.edu
For more information, please call 212.998.7365.

September 27: Fall Reading Series, Washington Square Launch Party

The NYU Creative Writing Program’s Fall 2014 Reading Series commences in September with events featuring acclaimed poets, PEN/Hemingway Award-winners, and other renowned authors.  All Reading Series events are held in the program’s Greenwich Village home, the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House.

Saturday, September 27, 7:00 pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street (btwn 5th and 6th Aves)

Washington Square
Launch Party: Anselm Berrigan, Sapphire, and Katrin Tschirgi

A reading by contributors to Washington Square, the NYU Creative Writing Program’s literary journal.
The Creative Writing Program's Fall Reading Series is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

October 26: Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse

Join acclaimed storyteller Gerald Fierst at “Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse,” a professional storytelling series featuring renowned performers and sponsored by the Educational Theater program at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. 

Sunday, October 26, 3:00 p.m.
133 MacDougal Street

The Aesthetics of Horror!

Gerald Fierst tells tales both spooky and horrific. From San Francisco in the ’60s to the edge of a mile-wide meteor crater in the black lava flow near Zuni, New Mexico, Fierst’s stories question what is real and what is unknown and he guarantees all participants will scream at least once during the performance.

Appropriate for adults and children 10 and older.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this series, call 212-998-5867 or visit the event page. 

September 26: Launch of Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements


The Institute of Public Knowledge invites you to attend the launch of Feminism Unfinished: A Short, Surprising History of American Women's Movements by Dorothy Sue Cobble, Linda Gordon, and Astrid Henry.

Eschewing the conventional wisdom that places the origins of the American women’s movement in the nostalgic glow of the late 1960s, Feminism Unfinished traces the beginnings of this seminal American social movement to the 1920s, in the process creating an expanded, historical narrative that dramatically rewrites a century of American women’s history. Challenging the contemporary “lean-in,” trickle-down feminist philosophy, the authors demonstrate that the post-Suffrage women’s movement focused on exploitation of women in the workplace as well as on inherent sexual rights. Showing how history books have obscured the notable activism by working-class and minority women in the past, Feminism Unfinished provides a much-needed corrective.

The authors will discuss with Jennifer Baumgardner, author of Manifesta, a founding document of "3rd-wave" feminism, Michelle Chen, journalist on labor and social issues for The Nation, Dissent, Culture Strike, and Nancy Hewitt, Professor of History and Women's Studies, Rutgers University

Friday, September 26, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor 

This event is free and open to the public
Please RSVP