AGING IN MONTCLAIR presents Walking Broadway: Thirteen Miles of Architecture and History with William Hennessey
Aging In Montclair’s Saturday Social will feature author and lecturer William Hennessey, Saturday, June 25th at 4pm.
Hennessey will speak about his experience of walking the thirteen-mile length of Broadway from Bowling Green to the Harlem River. As he walked this route, he experienced the many styles of architecture and the many distinct neighborhoods that make up the remarkable city of New York.
With the help of a slide show that features stops along his route, he will take us on his journey, sharing impressions of individual buildings as well as his understanding of how the city and its neighborhoods grew and developed. A question-and-answer period will follow his presentation.
For over 40 years, curator, museum director, author, and lecturer William Hennessey has worked to bring art and people together by creating experiences that delight, inform, and inspire.
Hennessey was educated at Wesleyan (BA) and Columbia Universities (Ph.D). He has taught art history at Vassar College, the University of Kansas, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Michigan. He also directed the art museums at each of those institutions. From 1997 to 2014 Hennessey was the Director of the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. His leadership there has been described as “visionary, inclusive, and empowering.” (Magnetic Museums, AAM Press, 2013.)
Hennessey is the author of numerous books, catalogues, and articles on a variety of art and design topics. His subjects range from nineteenth-century architecture, to twentieth-century industrial design, to English Victorian engineering, the art of automobile design, and the history of art collecting in America. Hennessey is a popular lecturer and guide and has led multiple study tours in this country and abroad. He is a respected consultant on issues of museum management, strategy, accessibility, and audience development. Above all, he loves bringing art and architecture to life for his audience.
Hennessey lives in Manhattan with his wife, art historian Leslie Griffin Hennessey.