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Professor Philip Gould Presents Art Lecture at Hospital

Jeffrey Menkes, President and CEO of New York Downtown Hospital (Downtown Hospital), announced that Professor Philip Gould will present a lecture entitled, The Art of Seeing, based on Renaissance paintings from the 15th to the 17th centuries, on Thursday, May 29, 2008. The reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Boardroom of the Hospital. The presentation will follow at 5:30 p.m. This event is made possible through Speakers in the Humanities, a program of the New York Council for the Humanities.

Professor Gould will trace the interaction of the profane and the sacred in European paintings from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century. He will highlight examples from Flemish and Dutch art which offer insights into Western painting.

Professor Gould is Art History Professor Emeritus at Sarah Lawrence College. He also taught art history at Columbia University and was a visiting professor at Fordham University, Pratt Institute and Parsons: The New School for Design in New York, as well as at the University of Taiwan in Taipei and at Teachers College in Beijing. He was a lecturer for the United States Information Service in Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia. At present, Professor Gould is a curator of fine arts exhibitions, a member of the American Association of Museums and an associate member of the University Seminars at Columbia University. Professor Gould last addressed the Downtown Hospital audience on August 14, 2007, on the occasion of his late wife Nadia's art exhibit opening.

Since its launch in 1983, the Council's Speakers in the Humanities program has linked distinguished scholars with a diverse audience through the presentation of lectures on a broad range of topics. All Speakers events are free and open to the general public. Each year, hundreds of cultural organizations and community groups take advantage of this program, which offers the very best in humanities scholarship to thousands of citizens in every corner of New York State.

The New York Council for the Humanities is a not-for-profit, independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through statewide collaborations, and programs and services that encourage imaginative thinking and critical inquiry, the Council works to ensure that the humanities are present in the intellectual and cultural life of every New Yorker. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the New York Council for the Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
New York Downtown Hospital, the only hospital in Lower Manhattan, is the first responder to nearly every emergency situation in the area. Downtown Hospital is a life-saving presence for the area's diverse neighborhoods including Wall Street, the seat of city government, Battery Park City, Chinatown, SoHo, TriBeCa, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side, as well as some of New York's most popular tourist attractions.

New York Downtown Hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services, community outreach and education, and is a leader in the field of emergency preparedness and disaster response. The Hospital is an academic affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and an affiliate of the prestigious NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.

New York Downtown Hospital recognizes the value of healing as a total human experience and supports artistic and cultural events. For more information about this event, or about the many services provided by Downtown Hospital, please call the Hospital's Development Office at (212) 801-1700.

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