'The Art of Real New York: The Gilded Age and its Underbelly' Webinar

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If you were a mainstream artist or photographer living in New York within the last 200 years, chances are you wanted to showcase the best the city had to offer — the elite, the beautiful gardens, the fabulous hustle and bustle. But within each generation of creatives, a handful of artists rebelled, and insisted on showing to the world what NYC’s underbelly really looked like — this is their story.

Join New York Adventure Club for the second part of a multi-part series that explores the impact of art throughout NYC and beyond. In this part, we embark on an art-centric journey through two waves of artistic rebellion that occurred in New York between the 1880s and the beginning of World War I.

Led by Rena Tobey, American Art Historian and Professor at NYU’s School for Professional Studies, our virtual showcase will include:

  • An overview of periods in NYC history where artists showcased the underbelly of NYC society
  • A discussion around the Social Reform movement, and how the photography of Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine rattled cages during what was known as the “City Beautiful” era
  • A look at the Urban Realism movement, with paintings by “The Eight” aka the Ashcan School, who captured the moment of enormous technological innovations that changed urban life forever

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Rena — any and all questions about these artworks are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

The Art of Real New York Series

Part 1 - Forming the Metropolis

Part 2 - Gilded Age and its Underbelly

Part 3 - Finding Her Way

Part 4 - Women and Their Salons

Part 5 - Picturing the Depression

Part 6 - Edward Hopper and Mid-Century Modern

Part 7 - Civil War and its Aftermath

Part 8 - Harlem Renaissance

About Rena

Rena Tobey is an American art historian whose passion centers on making art accessible, insightful, and fun. She teaches at NYU's School for Professional Studies and conducts lively, interactive tours of museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, and the American Folk Art Museum. Rena’s research and writing centers on American women artists working before 1945, with particular interest in the challenges they faced in bucking societal norms.


"Rena is so engaging. Interesting content, wonderful delivery. I like how she integrates aspects of NY life - history, social issues, etc - to help you understand both the art and the times. Also liked the variety of art she showed - a little architecture, photography, different styles of art." -Jane

"Very vivid about both art and history. I will never forget the contrast between the beautiful parks and extreme poverty" -Katherine

"The guide was very knowledgable and the information she shared was really interesting. I particularly like how she married the artwork to its historical and cultural context" -Rachel

"Presenter was enthusiastic, knowledgable, prepared and inclusive. She did a fine job of getting participants to take a closer look at photos and paintings - and giving them context." -David

"The Teacher was FANTASTIC" -Sarina

"I loved seeing NYC through works of art and placing them in context in the city." -Diane


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