Over the past seven years, I've had the opportunity to share thoughts on art at libraries, museums, and synagogues. Moving into 2023, I'm happy to be doing live events once again.

Currently, in addition to series featured here, I'm offering two new talks: Visions of the American West and Lisette Model, Street Photographer.

Contact me if you would like more information on my availability, speakers fee, or to reserve a date. I Look forward to hearing from you,

Cliff Tisdell


Talking Art Series

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hosts 2015 - 2023:

Ameriprise and First Trust, Westchester, NY

Brookdale, Battery Park, NY

Bronxville Public Library, NY

Chappaqua Public Library, NY


Edward Hopper House Museum, Nyack, NY

Larchmont Public Library, NY

Lillian Booth Actors Home, Englewood, NJ

Montclair State University, NJ

New Canaan Public Library, CT

New City Public Library, NY

Nyack Library, NY

Oakland Public Library, NJ

Sinai Free Synagogue, Mount Vernon, NY

Simsbury Public Library, CT

Suffern Public Library, NY

Trager Contemporary, Charleston, SC

Valley Cottage Public Library, NY

Westchester Society of Humanistic Judaism

photos top: Joan Kuhn at the Chappaqua Library, 2019. middle: Joseph Cornell presentation at the Edward Hopper House 2015 bottom: at Velazquez's childhood home

Jackie Kennedy,

First Lady of the Arts

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"Thank you, once again, for a most fascinating presentation - about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' private art collection. Your talk added depth and perspective to Jackie's life and your thoughtful presentation style helps everyone "lean in" to the material even more.  We are so grateful!"

Wendy Handler

Director, Onsite &

Special Programs


New York, NY


"Dreams and Shadows was a big hit, we greatly value intellectually stimulating material."

Lillian Booth Actors Home

Dreams and Shadows is one of the most viewed videos on the New City Library's YouTube channel.