The Grand Tour: Cities Shaped by Art, New York and the Invention of Downtown

Mon 19 Oct 2015

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ACCA Main Exhibition Gallery

Got itchy feet? Hankering to visit the world? Then book your seat now! ACCA’s highly acclaimed lecture series will do some major globe trotting in 2015. Expect Venice without the menace (but with all the palazzos and Bellinis), Paris with the sizzle and New York New York with a Martini thrown in. 

It’s art history but not as you know it. ACCA’s intrepid team will explore the best and most interesting galleries, art events, cafés, architecture and visit the writers, philosophers, filmmakers and artists that have shaped the unique culture of each city. Enjoy a complimentary regional drink created by Sipsmith Independent Spirits & Hippocampus Metropolitan Distillery. All in the comfort of the ACCA departure lounge.  

While the original underground of Greenwich Village once scandalised New York, the shifting bohemian geography of New York is now as much the preserve of urban planners, sociologists and tourists. On this stop of ACCA’s world tour, we’ll learn how artists searching for a cheap loft and like-minded neighbours have shaped perceptions of a vibrant metropolis.

Your tour guide for New York:

Dr Chris McAuliffe is Professor of Art (Practice-led research) at the School of Art, Australian National University. A one-time resident of New York’s East Village, Chris has explored Manhattan’s alphabet soup of art, music and bohemianism from SoHo to NoLIta, TriBeCa and offshore to Dumbo. From 2000–2013 he was Director of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne. He has taught art history at the University of Melbourne (1988-2000) and Harvard University (2011–12) and is the author of Art and Suburbia (1996), Linda Marrinon: let her try (2007) and Jon Cattapan: possible histories (2008).


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Hippocampus Sipsmith