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The Life and Art of William Glackens
The History of 121 Charles Street
Greenwich Village and the Hudson River

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.   

The Life and Art of William Glackens
A lecture and slideshow with art historian Avis Berman

Tuesday, January 6
6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Location TBD

William Glackens was an American realist painter who was essential to the development of avant-garde art in the opening decades of the twentieth century.  A progressive artist who assimilated and adopted various currents of French modernism, Glackens lived on and around Washington Square from 1904 to his death in 1938.

Avis Berman, an independent writer and art historian, has written extensively on painting, sculpture, photography, design, and museum history. She is the author of Rebels on Eighth Street: Juliana Force and the Whitney Museum of American Art; James McNeill Whistler; and Edward Hopper’s New York. At present, she has organized and overseen the first museum survey of William Glackens’s work in nearly fifty years.

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

The History of 121 Charles Street
With Amanda Davis, GVSHP's Director of Preservation and Research

Thursday, January 15
6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
The Community Room at Westbeth
155 Bank Street, between Washington Street and West Street

Known as ‘Cobble Court’ or ‘The Goodnight Moon House’, the quirky wooden home at 121 Charles Street has captivated generations of Villagers and visitors alike. The house, reported to be over 200 years old, faced the wrecking ball in Yorkville before two remarkable people fought to save and move it to the Village in 1967.

As part of the Landmarks50 celebrations, join Amanda Davis, GVSHP’s Director of Preservation and Research, as she pieces together the incredible history of “the little house that could.”

This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.





History of the Hudson River in Greenwich Village
A book talk with Vernon Benjamin

Tuesday, January 20
6:30 – 8:30 P.M.
Free; reservations required
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy Street, between 7th Avenue South and Hudson Street

The Hudson River valley has been a place of contradictions since its first settlement by Europeans. Explored by an Englishman who claimed it for the Dutch, the region soon became home to the most vibrant trading outpost for the New World colonies – the island of Manhattan – even as the rest of the valley retained the native beauty that would inspire artists from James Fenimore Cooper to Thomas Cole.

Join author Vernon Benjamin in an examination of the sense of place of Greenwich Village in its relationship to the Hudson Valley historically, including land uses and political, cultural and aesthetic ties, focused on individuals and groups associated with both areas from the DeLanceys and Bayards through William James, artists, and Native and immigrant populations.

We’ll explore the Native American footprints, the Village as a retreat from epidemics in the “city” proper, the rise of its fashionable identity, the bohemian or artistic communities that developed, and a continuing history of Greenwich Village as a desirable and stylish adjunct to the city proper.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

These programs are made possible in part by the generous support of: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts; City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Corey Johnson, and Margaret Chin; and GVSHP members.

GVSHP hosts a wide variety of public programs throughout the year.


To register for a free event, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

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