Humanities Events at NYU | Jan. 22 – Feb. 4, 2018

A selection of upcoming events at NYU within the humanities


The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Jan. 9 – March 31 2018, All Day

Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East

This is the first U.S. museum exhibition to present the extraordinary drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (Spain, 1852–1934), the father of modern neuroscience. Cajal’s astonishing depictions of the brain—which combine cutting-edge scientific knowledge with consummate draftsmanship—offer much greater clarity than photographs, so much so that they are still in wide use today. Featuring approximately 80 of Cajal’s drawings, the show will situate them within the history of scientific illustration from the 16th to 19th centuries, and juxtapose them with contemporary visualizations of the brain.

Sponsored by the Grey Art Gallery


Our Cosmic Brain

Jan. 11 – March 31 2018, All Day

Langone Art Gallery, 550 First Avenue

This exhibition features artworks that celebrate the universe within our brain. Artists include: Julia Buntaine and Laura Jacobson.

Sponsored by The NYU Langone Art Program and Collection, Real Estate Development and Facilities.


Film Screening & Discussion The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation

Jan. 25 2018, 2:00PM

NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, Room 006

The NYU Aging Incubator presents a screening and Q&A with Tisch Professor, John Canemaker, celebrated animator and Academy Award winner, and Jon Gartenberg, renowned film curator and NYU Tisch Alum. Join us for a look at John’s animated short film, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, and a conversation that explores John’s personal perspective on aging.

Sponsored by the NYU Aging Incubator.


My Violent King: War and Violence in Non-Royal Sources

Jan. 25 2018, 6:00PM

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th St., ISAW Lecture Hall

Representations of violence abound in ancient Egyptian art and texts, where the figure of the smiting king is one of the longest enduring images. Trampling the nine bows with every step or recounting his victories in far away territories, the king is featured as a victorious conqueror who defeats Egypt’s enemies with vigor and violence. Many of these representations belong, however, to the royal sphere, and this paper will explore New Kingdom tomb art, autobiographical texts, stelae, and other objects to consider the image of the violent king among the elite and its own concepts of violence.

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.


Cutting Rome Down To Size: The Gentle Art of the Historical Summary

Jan. 30 2018, 6:00PM

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th St., ISAW Lecture Hall

Three-quarters of the monumental work of the Roman historian Livy (59 B.C.-A.D.17) is lost. The single most important source to enable us to reconstruct the contents of the missing volumes is a summary known as the Periochae, composed in (probably) the 4th century A.D. This summary, reducing each volume of Livy to a single paragraph, appears on its surface a mechanical exercise. However, this lecture will show that a comparison of the Periochae of the surviving books with Livy’s original work reveals many subtle alterations and distortions, which reflect a distinctive historical outlook on the part of the summarizer. Armed with this knowledge of the summarizer’s techniques, we gain a clearer picture of the missing books for which the Periochae provides us with our primary evidence, and can refine our knowledge of the events of Roman history that Livy described in the books now lost.

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World


Freud’s Trip to Orvieto

Jan. 30  2018, 6:00PM

NYU Center for the Humanities, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor

Italian Renaissance painting, almost more than anything else Freud experienced in his daily life, brought on some of his most intense personal reactions. This event will focus on Freud’s letters and little-known reflections on art he saw in the early years of his life, more than his better-known psychoanalytic approach to the lives and work of Leonardo Da Vinci and others.

Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Humanities


Image courtesy of Sariah Bunker.