Tickets are currently available for Socrates Now and Stephen Antonakos…


A theatrical event that challenges as well as entertains a powerful performance of Socrates Now


Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019, 7pm
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.

First presented by Elliniko Theatro in New York in 2004, Socrates Now 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.

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.

After touring the world for 15 years, Socrates Now is coming home to its city of origin. Post-performance you will have an opportunity to discuss with Mr. Simonides himself the ramifications of your verdict, and its present day implications. A reception will follow the event.

Seating is limited. Tickets at $35 are available though the Merkin Hall box office, with discounted tickets at $20 for students and seniors.


Antonakos: “Remembrance” 1989, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

Antonakos: “Remembrance” 1989, Collection National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens

Stephen Antonakos: A Modernist’s Byzantium – Concert and Panel Discussion


Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, 7 pm
at The Morgan Library & Museum, Gilder Lehrman Hall, 225 Madison Avenue (map)

Dr. Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator of Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum, and Robert Storr, artist, curator, and critic, will discuss Byzantine manifestations found throughout six decades of Greek-American artist Stephen Antonakos’s work. We will see many series of projected images illustrating both the Modernist and the Byzantine aspects of his art.

Stephen Antonakos (Greece, November 1, 1926 — New York, August 17, 2013) started using neon around 1960, always in abstract forms, at vastly different scales and with various material combinations. His practice has lent the medium new perceptual and formal meanings in hundreds of gallery and museum shows in New York and internationally. His use of spare, complete and incomplete geometric neon forms has ranged from linear and 3-D indoor installations to painted Neon Canvases, Walls, Panels with painted or gold surfaces, Rooms, and Chapels. Drawing and collage also were constant practices. His work is included in major international collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens.

The evening will commence with a piano concert by modernist musician Idith Meshulam Korman. She will perform piano pieces by the Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas, as an introduction to the conceptual connections between Skalkottas’s compositions and Antonakos’s work. A reception will follow.

Seating is limited. Tickets at $30 are available though Eventbrite. 


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.