New York School of Interior Design announces Public Programs for Spring 2014

New York, NY – January 23, 2014 –The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) announces its spring 2014 lineup of exhibitions, lectures, and book signings with some of the most respected leaders in the fields of interior design, architecture, and design. 

The highlight of the spring season is the exhibition Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care, which shines a light on an organization that use architecture, landscape architecture, and art to create a supportive and welcoming environment for cancer patients and their families. Conceived by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, along with her husband Charles Jencks, as a direct response to her own experience with cancer, there are currently 17 centers across the United Kingdom and beyond, with many more to follow. The exhibition will be on view from March 7 – April 25, 2014 at the NYSID Gallery, 161 East 69th Street, NYC. 

NYSID will also present more than a dozen lectures this semester, including a talk by Charles Jencks on “Can Architecture Affect Your Health?” in conjunction with the exhibition. Others include, Michael Graves: A Case for Humanistic Solutions in Healthcare Design; Made in New York, a look at some of the most exciting product designers and craftsmen working in NYC today, and Two Generations of Design: A Conversation with Vladimir Kagan and Amy Lau. 

The full schedule is listed below:


JANUARY

Opening Reception for BFA Thesis Projects, Winter 2014 Exhibition
Thursday, January 30, 6 – 8pm

This exhibition features the work of 20 NYSID BFA candidates who completed their thesis projects in December 2013. Projects range from a contemporary music and dance theater to a family health club to a multi-use urban residential complex. The exhibition will be on view through February 21.

NYSID Gallery, 161 East 69th Street, NYC. Admission is free. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm. 


FEBRUARY

Made in New York
Wednesday, February 12, 6:30pm

Design Brooklyn authors Anne Hellman and Michael Arnaud lead a discussion of what it means to be a designer and maker in New York today. Some of the city’s finest creators share how they launched their careers and how each one of the distinguished panelists has contributed to the Made in NY movement, inspiring the next generation of makers across the country and around the world. Panelists include Katie Deedy, wallpaper designer, Grow House Grow; Jason Miller, designer, Jason Miller Studio and Roll & Hill; and Mary Wallis, lighting designer, Mary Wallis Studio

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free. 

 

Design Diplomacy: A New Look for US Embassies
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30pm

With its recently-inaugurated Design Excellence Program for embassies, the US State Department has been commissioning some of the country’s leading architects and designers to develop a new generation of overseas facilities that will be as noteworthy for their design as for their functionality, sustainability, and security. Casey Jones, director of design excellence, US Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and the US General Services Administration; Richard Maimon, FAIA, principal, Kieran Timberlake; and Chris Banks, principal, Gensler, DC, will tell the story behind the program and show how it is being carried out in our new embassy in London. 

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free. 


MARCH

Lecture: Charles Jencks: Can Architecture Affect Your Health? 
Thursday, March 6, 6pm 

Opening Reception for "Maggie’s Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care" Immediately Following

Many people presume there is a direct connection between an environment, feeling good, and your good health. The idea goes back to the Egyptians, if not before. But what are the true connections between the two professions?  Charles Jencks—an architectural theorist, landscape architect, designer, and co-founder of Maggie’s Centres along with his late wife Maggie Keswick Jencks—will speak about the Maggie’s Centres and how they suggest several answers to this deep question.

This lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP online here or call 212-472-1500, ext. 405.    
 

Michael Graves: A Case for Humanistic Solutions in Healthcare Design
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30pm

Michael Graves will speak about the foundation of his design philosophy and how a personal healthcare tragedy focused his attention on improving healthcare experiences by design.  He will present recent projects that range from military housing for returning wounded warriors to a revolutionary transport chair for the acute care hospital to performance textiles for all healthcare environments. Michael Graves puts patients first with common sense design solutions for some of healthcare’s greatest challenges. Reception immediately following the lecture.

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free. 


APRIL

Alumni Lecture: Susan Zises Green
Wednesday, April 2, 6:30pm 

For more than 35 years, Susan Zises Green has stood at the helm of classic interior design, earning critical acclaim and a dedicated client base throughout Manhattan, Southampton, Connecticut, Palm Beach, and Nantucket. Her work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Traditional Home, The New York Times, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, Westchester Cottages & Gardens, Nantucket Magazine, and House Beautiful has recognized her as one of the “Top 100 Designers.”  A proud graduate of NYSID, she will give the inaugural alumni lecture at the College and discuss her career, recent projects, and inspirations.

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free. 

 

Amy Azzarito: The History behind the Trends
Wednesday, April 16, 6:30pm 

Amy Azzarito is the managing editor of the popular blog Design*Sponge and the author of Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History and 24 Modern DIY Projects inspired by Them. In this lecture, Azzarito will talk about those pieces you see everywhere—from inlay furniture (currently all the rage at Anthropologie) to the Crate and Barrel standby, the Windsor chair—and delve into the history of these iconic design objects. 

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free. 

 

Contemporary Art in Healthcare
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30pm 

This lecture will look at how contemporary art is integrated into healthcare environments and the affect it has on patients and their families. Jennifer Finkel, curator, Cleveland Clinic Art Program, Arts & Medicine, will speak about how they utilize their contemporary art collection comprised of nearly 5,400 artworks and how the art program is an integral part of the patient experience. Diane Brown, founder and president, RxArt, a non-profit organization that transforms pediatric hospital facilities into comforting and engaging spaces through site-specific installations by contemporary artists, will speak about projects working with artists such as Jeff Koons, Rob Pruitt, Kenny Scharf, and many more.

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free. 

 

Maureen Footer: George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic
Lecture and Book Signing
Wednesday, April 30, 6:30pm 

George Stacey rose to prominence in the 1930s with projects for fashion high-priestess Diana Vreeland and commissions for socialites with last names such as Astor, Paley, Harriman, and Whitney.  His work—avidly covered at the time by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden and Town & Country—defined American chic.  This is the first book to chronicle the life, far reaching aesthetic legacy, and historical context of the groundbreaking American designer. The author, interior designer Maureen Footer, will give a lecture and sign books at a reception immediately following the lecture. 

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free. 


MAY

Adam D. Tihany: Why Hospitality?
Wednesday, May 7, 6:30pm

Adam D.Tihany’s interiors represent the absolute pinnacle of contemporary restaurant and hotel design, and Tihany is widely regarded as the world’s preeminent hospitality designer. He will tell the fascinating story of how he began his career and how it evolved from restaurant designer, restaurateur, to hotel and cruise ship visionary. Through his work with some of the world’s most famous chefs, restaurants, and hotel brands he will elaborate on what hospitality means and how great design can add value to a brand. This discussion is being held in conjunction with the release of his new book, Tihany: Iconic Hotel and Restaurant Interiors (Rizzoli).

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free.
 

Two Generations of Design: A Conversation with Vladimir Kagan and Amy Lau
Wednesday, May 14, 6:30pm

The celebrated furniture designer Vladimir Kagan recalls his 60-year career in a discussion about the timelessness of good modern design, comparing notes with Amy Lau, one of today’s leading interior designers – and one of his biggest fans.

NYSID Auditorium, 170 East 70th Street, NYC. Tickets: $12 general public, $10 seniors and non-NYSID students, NYSID students are free.
 

Opening Reception for BFA Thesis Projects Exhibition
Tuesday, May 20, 6-8pm 

Graduating BFA students will present their final thesis projects—hypothetical designs based on the adaptive reuse of existing buildings. 

NYSID Gallery, 161 East 69th Street, NYC. Admission is free. Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm. The exhibition will be on view through July 25. 
 

Opening Reception for MFA Thesis/MPS Capstone Projects Exhibition
Wednesday, May 21, 6-8pm 

A range of thesis projects will be on view from graduates of the professional-level MFA-1 program, the post-professional MFA-2 program, as well as capstone projects from graduates of the MPS programs in Healthcare Interior Design, Sustainable Interior Design, and Interior Lighting Design.

NYSID Graduate Center, 401 Park Avenue South, 2nd floor, NYC. The exhibition will be on view through July 25. Admission is free; by appointment only.

For more information visit NYSID.edu or call 212-472-1500, ext. 405. 

Press ReleasePhyllis Greer