Lectures and Other Events

Murals of New York City An Illustrated Talk by Glenn Palmer-Smith

Conservancy President, Peg Breen and 'Murals' writer Glenn Palmer-Smith

Murals Lecture in Wood Room of Christie's New York

Murals Lecture in Wood Room of Christie's New York

Christie's New York Lobby - Sol LeWitt's _Wall Drawing #896, Colors/Curves, photo by Joshua McHugh

NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, photo by Joshua McHugh

King Cole Bar, St. Regis Hotel, photo by Joshua McHugh

George Washington High School

NYS Supreme Court 60 Centre, photo by Joshua McHugh

Morgan Library, photo by Joshua McHugh

Chrysler Building Lobby, photo by Joshua McHugh

Cafe Des Artistes, photo by Joshua McHugh

Harlem Hospital, photo by Joshua McHugh

NYS Supreme Court, photo by Joshua McHugh

U.S. Custom House, photo by Joshua McHugh

Staten Island Borough Hall, photo by Joshua McHugh

Marine Air Terminal, photo by Joshua McHugh

Crack is Wack Park, photo by Joshua McHugh

February 11, 2014

The Conservancy hosted an illustrated lecture on ‘Murals of New York City’ presented by painter and muralist Glenn Palmer-Smith.

Over 150 people attended the free sold-out event at Christie’s New York, the famous auction house located at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, where Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #896, Colors/Curves boldly decorates the lobby.

The ‘Murals of New York City’ lecture was based on the recent publication with the same title by Palmer-Smith. The lavish production with beautiful photography by Joshua McHugh includes more than 30 of the most important, influential and impressive murals found within the five boroughs. The featured works act as both an artistic and cultural guide to New York and its citizens during the past 100+ years—from the Victorian sensibilities of the 1900’s, to the New Deal outlook of the WPA-commissioned works, to the graffiti-inflected art of Keith Haring and Barry McGee.

Glenn Palmer-Smith’s career has spanned from being a Paris fashion photographer to photographer’s representative to muralist, having restored the famed Bemelmans Bar and Café Carlyle murals at the Hotel Carlyle. His work has been covered in The New Yorker, The New York Times and Forbes.

If you are interested in purchasing ‘Murals of New York City’ click here.

We encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to go see these impressive murals and understand why we strive to preserve and protect them. If all the murals of New York City were under one roof, it would be the greatest collection of populist art in the country.

A few examples include: