New York.- In conjunction with the current exhibition, From Byzantium to Modern Greece: Hellenic Art in Adversity, 1453-1830, the Onassis Cultural Center will host a day-long conference of international scholars to examine Greek culture in the period roughly between 1453—the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans—and 1830—the founding of the modern Greek state. Chaired by Dr. Helene Glykatzi-Ahrweiler, Professor of History and President of the University of Europe, the conference, entitled “The Greek World Under Ottoman and Western Domination: 15th-19th Centuries,” will explore the ways in which economic, cultural, and artistic life were manifest in Greek territories under the control of foreign powers and the impact of foreign rule on the formation of Greek identity.
The conference will take place on Saturday, April 29, 2006 from 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Onassis Cultural Center, Olympic Tower Atrium, 645 Fifth Avenue – Entrance on 52nd Street.
Admission is free, but reservations are required. Please call (212) 486-8313 for reservations.
This exhibition of treasures from the renowned Benaki Museum, organized for the Onassis Cultural Center by Benaki Museum Director Angelos Delivorrias, examines the evolution of Hellenic art and culture during four centuries of tumultuous change under Venetian and Ottoman occupation. Over 137 works from all sectors of artistic production—icons, painting, woodcarving, metalwork, embroidery, costumes, jewelry, and pottery—attest to the unique artistic achievements of Greek culture under foreign influence from the fall of Byzantium in 1453 to the founding of the modern Greek State in 1830. Highlights include an early icon by El Greco and a complete reconstruction of a 17th-century bedchamber. The exhibition will remain on view through May 6, 2006.
The Onassis Cultural Center is the public forum of the Onassis Foundation (USA), an Affiliate of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation founded by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis upon his death in 1975. The Onassis Foundation (USA) aims to promote, preserve and celebrate Hellenic culture of all time periods in the United States of America. The Center seeks to give the public greater access to significant aspects of Greek culture through its ongoing series of exhibitions, lectures, musical events, literary evenings, and theatrical performances. Visit www.onassisusa.org for more information.