The Winter Lecture Series spanned 2011 to 2016 and is now replaced by year long programming. Please see Lectures for more information. Thank you.

Archived 2016 Winter Lecture Topics

Rebuilding Central Park with Elizabeth Barlow Rogers

Thursday, January 7th, 2-4pm

Betsy RogersOur first lecture will be hosted by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. Betsy Rogers is a resident of New York City since 1964 and was the first person to hold the title of Central Park Administrator. She was also the founding president of the Central Park Conservancy, the public-private partnership created in1980 to bring citizen support to the restoration and renewed management of Central Park. Her lecture will be covering the rebuild of Central Park.

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers is the president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in city planning from Yale University.

February – Painting Central Park with Roger Pasquier

Roger PasquierOur second 2016 winter lecture will be hosted by Roger Pasquier. Roger will be lecturing about his new book, Painting Central Park. Central Park is “one of the greatest works of art in America” and it has inspired many of America’s greatest painters. Among the major figures who have depicted the park’s landscapes and activities are Bellows, Chase, Glackens, Hassam, Henri, Hopper, Prendergast, and Sloan, as well as living artists like Christo and Estes. Their work shows early views of the park in construction, its major landmarks, the evolving vistas of the cityscape, and the park’s human element—scenes of crowds at play and people in solitary contemplation. Painting Central Park provides a rich and varied visual history of this urban oasis, reflecting much of the American social experience in the quintessential American park.

Roger F. Pasquier was born in New York City and grew up playing in Central Park. He studied art history at Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. A lifelong birdwatcher, Pasquier spends hours in the park all through the year. He has written several books on birds and one combining his interests in birds and art, Masterpieces of Bird Art: 700 Years of Ornithological Illustration.

March – Birth of an American Masterpiece: Central Park, with Bonnie Joseph

Come hear the story that will take us back to the beginning to the fascinating account of how America’s first urban park was born. Learn how Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux created the naturalistic pastoral landscape right in the middle of the bustling, 19th century city of New York.

As a living symbol of American democracy, Central Park belongs to all of us and our memories spent their illustrate that this green, verdant place truly is America’s park.

Bonnie Joseph received a BA in History from College Misericordia, Dallas, PA in 1964 and a MA in Art History from Temple University in 1991.  She was an adjunct professor of Art History at Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA from 1992-2002. Bonnie has combined her academic background with her love of gardening and garden history to originate the Santa Fe Botanical Garden’s annual winter lecture series.

Our 201120122013, 2014, & 2015 Winter Lecture Series were very popular and we thank all of the members, volunteers, and supporters who made it possible.