Please join us this Fall for two remarkable events…


In October, a powerful performance of Socrates Now – a theatrical event that challenges as well as entertains


Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th Street (map)

Socrates Now is a 90-minute solo performance-discourse, led by award-winning actor, director, and producer, Yannis Simonides, which captures the essence of Socratic ethics while engaging the audience to think, question, and, perhaps, reconsider.

Take a seat in the court of ancient Athens as Socrates goes on trial for his life. You will hear the philosopher face his accusers with his trademark wit, cutting logic, and the courage of his convictions. Consider his arguments on virtue, justice, politics, corruption, civic duty, love of life and hope in death, and, finally, reach your own judgment. Post-performance you will have an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Simonides himself the ramifications of your verdict.

Socrates Now, first presented by Elliniko Theatro in New York in 2004, has since been performed to great acclaim at the United Nations, the Athens Agora, the NBC Today Show, and in over 475 venues in 22 countries, and 10 languages. Leading world universities have combined the performance with interactive seminars on Socratic ethics and how they apply to our society today.

After touring the world for 15 years, Socrates Now is coming home to its city of origin.

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In November, Antonakos: Byzantine Echoes of a Modernist – a retrospective of the works of Stephen Antonakos


Wednesday, November 20th, 2019
at The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue (map)

World-renowned art academic Robert Storr and much-celebrated curator Dr. Helen C. Evans will present on the storied and impactful life and works of Stephen Antonakos. Their dialogue will be accompanied by images of the works of Mr. Antonakos, and will address the Byzantine presence, or echoes, in some of his work.  

Stephen Antonakos (November 1, 1926 – August 17, 2013) was a Greek-born American sculptor, most widely recognized for his abstract sculptures incorporating neon. Since 1960 his art lent the medium new perceptual and formal meanings in hundreds of gallery and museum exhibitions, first in New York, and then internationally. His use of spare, complete and incomplete geometric neon forms has ranged from direct 3-D indoor installations to painted canvases, walls, the well-known back-lit Panels with painted or gold surfaces, his Rooms and Chapels. His art is included in major international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, all in New York City, The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. 

The evening will commence with a piano concert by the modernist performer, Idith Meshulam, who will perform études by the Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas, and an introduction of the conceptual tie between Skalkottas’ pieces and Mr. Antonakos’ sculptures. 

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2019 Past Events


Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art
February 21, 2019, at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center

Kiki Karoglou, Associate Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presented the exhibit she curated, Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art. The exhibit, was on view at The Met until February 24, 2019.

Beginning in the fifth century B.C., Medusa – the serpentine-haired Gorgon whose gaze turned men to stone – became increasingly anthropomorphic and feminine, undergoing a visual transformation from grotesque to beautiful. A similar shift in representations of other mythical female half-human beings, such as sphinxes, sirens, and the sea monster Scylla – took place at the same time. Featuring sixty artworks, primarily from The Met collection, this exhibition explored for the first time how the beautification of these terrifying figures manifested the idealizing humanism of Classical Greek art, and traces their enduring appeal in both Roman and later Western art. The winter 2018 issue of the Met Bulletin was devoted entirely to this exhibit. A reception with Kiki Karoglou followed the program.