The New York School of Design's gallery presents two public exhibits yearly on design and architecture. Exhibitions have included Paris in the Belle Epoque, rare photographs from the years 1880–1914; Perspective on Perspective, an exploration of artistic technique; The Great Age of Fairs: London, Chicago, Paris, St. Louis, selective coverage from the first World's Fair in 1851 to the last in 1904; Venice's Grand Canal, architectural drawings of the buildings along the famous thoroughfare; Stanford White's New York, a survey of that classicist's many metropolitan buildings; and Vanishing Irish Country Houses, a look into the preservation crisis facing these not infrequently grand structures. The gallery's Thursday-evening lectures have included Palladio's Villas; Beaux-Arts New York; and a survey of the Grands Projets undertaken in Paris during the tenure of French president François Mitterrand.