The Academy hosts a robust speakers program, featuring illustrated talks by some of the world's most distinguished visual artists, scholars and critics.


Lectures begin at 6:30 pm and all lectures are free and open to the public.


The Art & Culture Lecture Series presents illustrated artist talks by established, emerging and mid-career sculptors, painters and mixed-media artists, discussing their studio practice, influences and artistic journeys.

The Professional Practice Lecture Series features art world professionals such as gallerists, curators, museum directors, dealers, and critics, in conversation with Academy senior critic Sharon Louden. The conclusion of each lecture is an opportunity for questions from audience members.


Inquiries: Angharad Coates / 212-842-5966

All past lectures can be viewed on the Academy's VIMEO channel.






Contemporary Stone Carving in the Shadow of the Masters

Art & Culture

Presented by Jonathan Tibett and ABC Stone the panel, consisting of Steve Shaheen, Dionisio Cimarelli, Brice Esso and Jiannan Wu will focus on contemporary stone carving and the effect of working in the shadows of the masters.


It's a MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD Panel

Art & Culture

For over sixty years MAD has been introducing some of the most outrageous draftsmen to generations of young people hungry for absurd humor, extraordinary art and a poke in the eye of complacency. This panel brings together Al Jaffee, Sam Viviano, Liz Lomax and Peter Kuper all of whom have continued the MAD tradition of great drawing in the service of an elbow in the ribs. The panelists will explore the history and future of MAD magazine and the role of cartooning in popular culture.


Nato Thompson in Conversation with Sharon Louden

Professional Practice

Nato Thompson joined Creative Time in January 2007. Since then, Thompson has organized such major Creative Time projects as The Creative Time Summit (2009-2015), Kara Walker's A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen's The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramírez Jonas's Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller's It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan's Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others. Previously, he worked as Curator at MASS MoCA, where he completed numerous large-scale exhibitions, including The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere (2004), with a catalogue distributed by MIT Press. His writings have appeared in numerous publications, BookForum, Frieze, ArtForum, Third Text, and Huffington Post among them. In 2005, he received the Art Journal Award for distinguished writing. For Independent Curators International, Thompson curated the exhibition Experimental Geography, with a book available from Melville House Publishing. His book Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century was published in 2015.


Damian Loeb Artist Talk

Art & Culture

Damian Loeb's Art & Culture Lecture has been postponed.


Ali Banisadr Artist Talk

Art & Culture

Born in Tehran in 1976, Ali Banisadr's formative childhood years were during the Iran-Iraq war. Banisadr earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005, and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2007, where he was awarded the Postgraduate Fellowship followed by winning an award in painting from New York Foundation for the Arts. He is currently represented by Galerie Thaddeus Ropac in Paris and Sperone Westwater in New York. He has recently had solo exhibitions at Frieze New York, BlainSouthern Gallery in London, and Galerie Ropac in Paris, and appeared in group shows at the Venice Biennale, the Prague Biennale, the Queens Museum of Art, Stedelijk Museum (Ghent), Victoria Miro Gallery (London) and the Saatchi Gallery (London). His works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Francois Pinault Foundation and the Saatchi Collection, among others.


Professional Practice

A Conversation with the Critics: Andrianna Campbell, Katy Diamond Hamer, Jillian Steinhauer and Julia Wolkoff in conversation with Sharon Louden


Andrianna Campbell is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she specializes in American art. Her doctoral research focuses on Norman Lewis and Abstract Expressionism in the post-World War II period. Alongside her scholarly research, she is the author of essays and reviews on contemporary art for Artforum, Art in America, Even and Frieze. Campbell was the coeditor of Shift: A Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, a special 2016 edition of the International Review of African American Art dedicated to Norman Lewis and is currently a co-founder of the Apricota journal. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards including the Dean K. Harrison Fellowship, the Preservation of American Modernists Award, the Library Fellowship from the American Philosophical Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship at the Dia Art Foundation, the Dissertation Writing Fellowship at the New York Public Library and the CASVA Chester Dale Fellowship from 2016-2017.


Katy Diamond Hamer is a journalist focusing on contemporary art and culture. She is the Founding Editor in Chief of the online publication Eyes Towards the Dove, has a Master's degree from New York University and is based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An avid writer with her finger on the pulse, Hamer contributes art reviews, previews and interviews to CULTURED Magazine, Flash Art International, SLEEK Berlin, W Magazine, New York Magazine (Vulture) and others. She is frequently invited to speak at colleges and art residencies as a guest critic and has lectured to students at Sotheby's Institute (NY), New York University (NY), Columbia University (NY), University of Pennsylvania (PA), Hofstra University (NY) and others. With a global focus being such a relevant part of the contemporary dialogue, Hamer also travels frequently and has taken press trips to Oslo, Stockholm, Bogota, Berlin, Miami, Philadelphia, LA, Dominican Republic, Boston, Connecticut and many other locations. Viewing, thinking about, and writing about contemporary art is her love and passion. She is often found with an iPhone in hand either taking notes or posting images to Instagram. When not looking at art she is at home with her poodle Loki Merz.


Jillian Steinhauer is the senior editor of Hyperallergic and a writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in such publications as the New Republic, Slate, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Paris Review Daily, and an essay of hers was included in Coffee House Press's 2015 book Cat Is Art Spelled Wrong. This past summer, she served as the art-writer-in-residence at SPACES gallery in Cleveland and in 2014 won the Best Art Reporting award from the US chapter of the International Association of Art Critic. Jillian holds a master's degree in Cultural Reporting and Criticism from New York University. In her free time, she's been known to judge art events, tote bag competitions, and cat video festivals.


Julia Wolkoff is Assistant Editor at Art in America. She has reviewed artists such as Heidi Hahn, Tauba Auerbach, and Hilary Harnischfeger for the magazine and has covered exhibitions and museum openings in the United States, Europe, and Asia for the magazine's website. In addition, she has contributed essays to the catalogues for exhibitions including "Lucid Gestures" (2015), at the Louise McCagg Gallery, Barnard College, "Goddess, Heroine, Beast: Anna Hyatt Huntington's New York Sculpture, 1902-1936," at the Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, and Joan Snitzer's "Compositions" (2014), at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn. At the 2016 Frieze Art Fair, New York, she moderated a talk on comics and contemporary art. Wolkoff graduated cum laude from Barnard in 2014.


Jon Kessler Artist Talk

Art & Culture

Jon Kessler received his BFA from SUNY-Purchase. He has sculptures in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and been the subject solo shows at PS 1, Deitch Projects, and The Drawing Center. He has received several NEA grants, the St. Gaudens Memorial Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Foundation for the Performing Arts grant.


Tschabalala Self Artist Talk

Art & Culture

Tschabalala Self is a New Haven based painter. She received her B.A. from Bard College in 2012 and her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art in 2015. Her work builds a singular style from the syncretic use of both painting and printmaking to explore ideas about the black female body. The artist constructs exaggerated depictions of female bodies using a combination of sewn, printed, and painted materials, traversing different artistic and craft traditions. The exaggerated biological characteristics of her figures reflect Self's own experiences and cultural attitudes toward race and gender. She has appeared in group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Studio Museum of Harlem, and the Queens Museum of Art.


Laura Murphy Doyle: Managing and Protecting Fine Art Collections

Art & Culture

The New York Academy of Art presents a lecture by fine art insurance specialist Laura Murphy Doyle. An invaluable presentation for both art collectors and working artists, Doyle will discuss all issues related to the acquisition, handling and storage of art pieces, including packing and transit conditions, ephemeral materials, common mistakes, ideal displays and the Visual Artist's Rights Act


Laura Murphy Doyle attended the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia and the University of bristol in Florence, Italy, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History with a focus on Fine Art Management. Laura has a certificate in Appraisal Studies of fine and Decorative Arts from New York University in New York City. As the National Fine Art and Collections Specialist at Chubb, Doyle services high value collectors by consulting on risk mitigation for fine art, antiques, jewelry and collectibles. She is responsible for developing New Collector Services, including valuation reviews, review of consignment and loan agreements, advisory on packing, shipping, disaster planning and collection management, and referrals to fine art professionals such as art handlers and conservators. She is a member of the Arts & Records Committee of the Inland Marine Underwriter's Association, ArtTable and the Appraisers Association of America.


Kathy Grayson in Conversation with Sharon Louden

Professional Practice

Kathy Grayson is the owner and director of the Hole, a contemporary art gallery. Opened in July of 2010 on the Bowery, the Hole presents monthly solo and group exhibitions featuring artists from emerging to established including Kembra Pfahler, Holton Rower, Lola Montes Schnabel and Matthew Stone. Previous to founding the Hole, Grayson was a director at Deitch Projects.


David Ebershoff on Lili Elbe

Art & Culture

David Ebershoff is the author of four books, including The Danish Girl and the #1 bestseller The 19th Wife. The Danish Girl is a fictional account of painter Lili Elbe, who worked in Paris in the 1920s and 30s and became the subject of an Oscar-winning film starring Academy Award-winners Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.


Ebershoff's books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages to critical acclaim and Out Magazine has twice named him to its annual Out 100 list of influential LGBT people. David had a long career as an editor at Random House, where he edited more than twenty New York Times bestsellers and three Pulitzer Prize winners and a winner of the National Book Award. He teaches in the graduate writing program at Columbia University.