In-Person and Online Programs
ADSNY offers a wide variety of programs that highlight diverse aspects of global Art Deco architecture and design, as well as the vivacity of 1920s and ’30s Jazz Age culture. Read on for more information on all of our stimulating programming.
Join ADSNY at our exciting in-person events, from walking tours and museum and gallery exhibitions, to site visits, lectures, and regional day trips. More on our latest Art Deco programs is just below.
ADSNY’s series of Online Events are live, illustrated web-based presentations by distinguished experts on local and global Art Deco topics, as well as an interactive Q&A session. Click here for our newest offerings.
ADSNY offers a wide range of in-person events that explore New York’s unique Art Deco enclaves and collections. Space is extremely limited, so claim your space quickly!
Thursday, December 14, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers embodied the Art Deco aesthetic and sensibility translated into dance. They offered perfect escapism during the Great Depression through their sleek dancing on elegant black and white sets. Fred’s white tie and tails and Ginger’s dazzling gowns were the Moderne ideal in fashion portrayed in the fantastical wonderland their movies created. Learn More
Current ADSNY members will enjoy a rare opportunity to see dazzling treasures from the Fashion Institute of Technology’s expansive special collection! In this exclusive program, Karen Jamison Trivette, Head of Special Collections and College Archives at the FIT, will lead a small group of ADSNY members on a tour of one-of-a-kind materials from the 1920s and 30s. Learn More
Friday March 22, 2024 - Sunday March 24, 2024 Join the Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) and our hosts, Jim Parsons and David Bush––architectural historians and authors of Hill Country Deco; DFW Deco; Fair Park Deco: Art and Architecture of the Texas Centennial; and more––for a private VIP tour that will offer a dazzling and informative look at the extraordinary architecture and design of the 1920s and 1930s in the Texas Hill Country cities of San Antonio and Austin. Learn More
ADSNY’s Video Events are complete recordings of our past online events. Each of the more than 80 Deco On Demand video programs gives you the opportunity to have the same experience as those who participated in the live event. Click here to see the full list of our engaging and informative programs by Deco experts from New York and around the world.
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM We are all aware that the 1930s saw much of the world bogged down in the depths of the Great Depression. In marked contrast, the 1930s saw a golden age of architecture and design. As such, it was also a golden age for public school construction in New York City, a decade when many new forward-looking facilities were erected throughout the five boroughs. Learn More
Wednesday, November 15, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Art Deco blossomed in The Bronx during the 1920s and 1930s, transforming each and every neighborhood. From the legendary Grand Concourse to Orchard Beach, architectural historian Matt Postal will celebrate Jazz Age gems throughout New York City’s northernmost borough. Learn More
Saturday, November 04, 2023 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Join architectural historian Matt Postal for a two-part program in Jamaica, consisting of a richly-illustrated presentation on Art Deco design in greater Jamaica and environs, followed by a walking tour. of the central shopping district that includes a setback office tower embellished with elaborate metalwork and poly-chrome panels by Rene Chambellan, the ornate J. Kurtz & Sons furniture store and so much more. Learn More
October 26 - 29, 2023 The Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) invites you to our vibrant, exhilarating Art Deco capital to enjoy an immersive extended weekend exploring and celebrating New York City’s finest Art Deco creations in Midtown Manhattan and beyond. Learn More
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM From the ferry terminal at St. George to Tottenville on the south shore, join architectural historian Matt Postal for a virtual exploration of Staten Island Deco in the 1930s. Learn More
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Art Deco Society members are invited to a private, after-hours tour of Art Deco: Commercializing the Avant-Garde at Poster House. Led by the museum's Chief Curator, this special exhibition tour will cover the breadth of how Art Deco presented itself in advertising from around the world throughout the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition includes over 50 original posters, some of which are the only known surviving copies. Learn More
Monday, December 12, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Although Art Deco is often associated with the achievements of the Machine Age — skyscrapers, ocean lines, zeppelins — Garn and Nash reveal how the beautiful natural motifs of Art Deco, drawn from such classical subjects as peacocks, flowers, fountains, and fish, served to soften the era’s hard edges with their sparkling and seductive imagery. Learn More
Wednesday, November 30, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Join us for an exploration of New York houses of worship designed in whole or part in the Art Deco style from the 1920s to the 1950s. This was a period of transition in the architecture of sacred spaces, in which traditional styles — classical, Gothic, Romanesque — incorporated stylized, sometimes strikingly modern details. Learn More
Wednesday, November 09, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Join ADSNY on Wednesday, November 9th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., for an exclusive evening reception and preview of the autumn Rare Posters auction at Rennert's Gallery. The evening will include a gallery tour with specialist Jack Rennert, highlighting examples of more than 50 superb Art Deco posters, as well as wine and conversation. Learn More
Thursday, October 27, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Join ADSNY and architectural historian Kathleen Murphy Skolnik for a unique and timely international virtual tour of fascinating funerary Art Deco designs — just in time for a special Halloween treat! Learn More
Sunday, October 09, 2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Join architectural historian Matt Postal for this exciting new walking tour and discover the far reaches of the financial district, where a distinguished group of Art Deco skyscrapers and related commercial buildings cluster and rise. Learn More
Thursday, September 29, 2022 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM ounded in 1642, Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada, and the largest city in the province of Quebec, possesses a distinctive culture derived from the confluence of the French and the English traditions. In this web-based program we'll see how Art Deco architecture is part of the historic fabric of the city. Learn More
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Sign up today to join Mr. Ocean Liner himself, Bill Miller, author of over 100 books about the great ocean liners, who will take us on a grand tour that explores fascinating connections between celebrated liners and skyscrapers. Learn More
Thursday, December 02, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Our Telling the Art Deco Stories of our Neighborhood's online series continues so you can virtually visit New York's Art Deco enclaves with the Art Deco Society of New York––from anywhere. In the 1930s Art Deco arrived in northwestern Queens, introducing modern design and decoration to this historic community. Learn More
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Join ADSNY as we continue our Art Deco 101 series of online illustrated talks that give an in-depth look at Art Deco architecture and design, in addition to the culture of the 1920s and 30s. In this online presentation, educator and Art Deco expert, Kathleen Murphy Skolnik, will return to explore the dynamic sculpture, ceramics, and glass produced in America during the Art Deco era. Learn More
Saturday, November 06, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM In this live online presentation, Grementieri will illustrate how, despite its location at “the end of the world,” Argentine Heritage from the Interwar Period displays an eclectic collection of architecture and sites that emerged from a cultural melting pot. Together, we will discover how the many trends and materials of Argentine Deco flourished in houses, high-rise buildings, shops, movie theaters, and more. Learn More
Thursday, October 21, 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Join us as architectural historian and Deco expert, Tony Robins, leads us on a web-based tour exploring the varied Art Deco architecture and design from Murray Hill to Gramercy Park. Learn More
Sunday, October 10, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Join curators Caitlin Condell and Emily M. Orr of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and Zorian Clayton of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London to explore how striking Art Deco posters promoted the public transportation system known as the London Underground. Learn More
Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM In this exciting web-based event Marisa will share stunning images of the remarkable artist and her pioneering work that show how Tamara de Lempicka’s paintings defined Art Deco and her life epitomized the Jazz Age. The presentation will even include a number of little-known works by the acclaimed artist and exclusive photographs from family albums. Learn More
Thursday, November 12, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM In this web-based tour led by architectural historian, Matt Postal, we'll learn what makes this community perched atop Manhattan’s northern tip so special. Like many neighborhoods outside of central Manhattan, Inwood was rural until the arrival of new subway lines dramatically transformed the area in the early 1930s. Learn More
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM In this web-based Art Deco extravaganza, Art Deco expert and tour guide extraordinaire, Tony Robins, will lead us on an in-depth virtual tour of Midtown Manhattan’s major boulevard of Deco skyscrapers, which showcases some of the city’s most famous monuments. Learn More
Thursday, October 08, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM In this online presentation, educator and Art Deco expert, Kathleen Murphy Skolnik, explores how European Art Deco design captured the imagination of Americans with a taste for modernity by the late 1920s. Learn More
Saturday, September 26, 2020 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM The Art Deco Society of New York’s series of web-based illustrated talks inspired by our Destination DecoTM travel program continues with an exciting virtual “visit” to the Windy City with Chicago-based educator and author Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. Learn More
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Architectural historian Anthony W. Robins returns to host Part Two of this online exploration of the Bronx's famed Art Deco thoroughfare, the Grand Concourse! This virtual tour continues our winding "walk" north up, the gently curving path of the Concourse—which boasts a design plan meant to rival the Champs Élysée in Paris. Learn More