The National Arts Club

The National Arts Club The mission of The National Arts Club is to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts.
The National Arts Club is a private club founded in 1898 to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts.
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The Queens Museum presents “The Art of Rube Goldberg” through February 9. Chronicling all aspects of the artist’s 72-yea...
01/20/2020
Queens Museum

The Queens Museum presents “The Art of Rube Goldberg” through February 9. Chronicling all aspects of the artist’s 72-year career, this exhibition offers visitors an unprecedented opportunity to witness the development of Goldberg’s artwork and trace his rise to prominence.

The National Arts Club is dedicated to stimulating, fostering, and promoting public interest in the arts—both inside and outside of our doors.

Queens Museum is pleased to announce The Art of Rube Goldberg, the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition since 1970 to celebrate the groundbreaking artwork of one of the most influential cartoon illustrators of the twentieth century. The exhibition spans from Goldberg’s earliest published d...

Meet the artist: Charles Johnstone will be at the Club on Saturday, January 17 from 11AM to 3PM. His exhibition “34 Pola...
01/17/2020

Meet the artist: Charles Johnstone will be at the Club on Saturday, January 17 from 11AM to 3PM. His exhibition “34 Polaroids” centers on the seven books that are devoted to his work made with Polaroid film from 2014 to 2019. The work can be divided into two series: the “Walkup Trilogy” and the “Muse” which portrays famous actresses photographed from his TV set.

Visit nationalartsclub.org/exhibitions for more info.

Beloved “New York Times” columnist Gail Collins, author of “No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in America...
01/16/2020
"No Stopping Us Now" by Gail Collins

Beloved “New York Times” columnist Gail Collins, author of “No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History" brings her sharp wit and insightful analysis to the Club on Thursday, February 6 at 8PM.

Gail Collins visits the Club with her new book "No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History"

The NAC Young Members Committee hosted a special screening of the documentary "Tin Soldiers." The film brings global att...
01/16/2020

The NAC Young Members Committee hosted a special screening of the documentary "Tin Soldiers." The film brings global attention to a critical children’s health issue—fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva—and those who fight for a cure.

The NAC Young Members Committee hosted a special screening of the documentary "Tin Soldiers." The film brings global attention to a critical children’s health issue—fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva—and those who fight for a cure.

Visit the Club on Wednesday, February 5 at 8PM for a screening of the documentary "Real Fake," on the life of one of the...
01/16/2020
Screening: "Real Fake: The Art, Life and Crimes of Elmyr de Hory"

Visit the Club on Wednesday, February 5 at 8PM for a screening of the documentary "Real Fake," on the life of one of the world's most notorious forgers: Elmyr de Hory.

Veteran filmmaker Jeff Oppenheim reopens the case of Elmyr de Hory, one of the world's most notorious forgers

On view beginning February 3: “Scarred Landscapes - Mary Mattingly”Mary Mattingly is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work ...
01/16/2020

On view beginning February 3: “Scarred Landscapes - Mary Mattingly”

Mary Mattingly is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work explores issues of sustainability, climate change, and displacement. Her work combines photography, performance, portable architecture, and sculptural ecosystems into poetic visions of adaptation and survival. Mattingly has exhibited at the International Center for Photography, Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, and Storm King Arts Center.

This exhibition remains on view through February 28.

Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10AM to 5PM. Admission is free. Visit nationalartsclub.org/exhibitions for more info.

Get a hands-on look at the intersection of art and virtual reality on Wednesday, February 5 at 6PM, featuring several gr...
01/15/2020
Art in Virtual Reality

Get a hands-on look at the intersection of art and virtual reality on Wednesday, February 5 at 6PM, featuring several groundbreaking Virtual and Augmented Reality digital art demos.

A hands-on look at the intersection of art and virtual reality

Enjoy a screening of the 1956 film “Baby Doll” on Monday, February 3 at 6:30PM, followed by a discussion with the film’s...
01/15/2020
"Baby Doll" Screening with Academy Award Nominee Carroll Baker

Enjoy a screening of the 1956 film “Baby Doll” on Monday, February 3 at 6:30PM, followed by a discussion with the film’s Academy Award-nominated star Carroll Baker. Upon its release, "Baby Doll" was called “possibly the dirtiest American-made motion picture that has been legally exhibited,” by "TIME" magazine.

A screening of the 1956 film "Baby Doll," followed by a discussion with star Carroll Baker

Get your tickets! Globally sought after tap dance artist Michela Marino Lerman performs at the Club on Monday, February ...
01/13/2020
Fine & Mellow: Michela Marino Lerman

Get your tickets! Globally sought after tap dance artist
Michela Marino Lerman performs at the Club on Monday, February 10 at 9PM. The Huffington Post has called her a “hurricane of rhythm” and “The New York Times” has called her a “prodigy” and described her dancing as “flashes of brilliance.”

A yearlong concert series in collaboration with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, curated by Grammy Award winner Christian McBride

Through his work across fashion, portraiture, and documentary, Michael Avedon has established himself as an important ne...
01/13/2020
Michael Avedon

Through his work across fashion, portraiture, and documentary, Michael Avedon has established himself as an important new voice as a young artist in the world of photography. His 2018 cover story for “New York” Magazine, “72 Years of School Shootings”, was hailed as a significant and influential work of photojournalism.

On Tuesday, February 11 at 8PM, Avedon sits down with “New York” Magazine’s Director of Photography Jody Quon to explore his journey and how concepts such as empathy, history, politics, and legacy inform his vision.

Photographer Michael Avedon explores his journey and how concepts such as empathy, history, politics, and legacy inform his vision

01/11/2020
01/11/2020

It’s our first FashionSpeak Friday of 2020! Exploring the theme of “death and the maiden.”

Visit the Club on Monday, January 27 at 6:30PM to explore the ancient Greek city Methone with Professor John Papadopoulo...
01/10/2020
New Evidence from Ancient Methone

Visit the Club on Monday, January 27 at 6:30PM to explore the ancient Greek city Methone with Professor John Papadopoulos of UCLA.

Professor John Papadopoulos discusses the famed city of Methone

Multi-talented performer Jim Dale joins us on Friday, January 24 at 6PM to delight with highlights from his extraordinar...
01/09/2020
An Evening with Jim Dale

Multi-talented performer Jim Dale joins us on Friday, January 24 at 6PM to delight with highlights from his extraordinary career and respond to audience questions during what promises to be an engaging conversation.

An evening with acclaimed actor Jim Dale

Writer Michael Shnayerson visits the Club on Friday, January 24 at 8PM with his gripping new book “Boom,” the first defi...
01/08/2020
Boom: An Art-World Evening with Michael Shnayerson

Writer Michael Shnayerson visits the Club on Friday, January 24 at 8PM with his gripping new book “Boom,” the first definitive history of art dealing in our time.

Michael Shnayerson talks about the art of dealing art

David Dunlop, a modern-day old master painter and the host of PBS’s "Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop" joins us...
01/07/2020
David Dunlop: Painting Techniques

David Dunlop, a modern-day old master painter and the host of PBS’s "Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop" joins us on Thursday, January 23 at 6PM for a live demo and discussion.

David Dunlop, a modern-day old master painter, demonstrates his painting techniques and discusses how art has evolved since the Renaissance

André Aciman, author of “Call Me by Your Name” and the bestselling sequel “Find Me,” visits the Club on Thursday, Januar...
01/07/2020
André Aciman, Author of "Find Me"

André Aciman, author of “Call Me by Your Name” and the bestselling sequel “Find Me,” visits the Club on Thursday, January 16 at 7PM.

Aciman will read from his “deeply romantic” new book and talk about why he brought the lead characters Elio and Oliver back, the nature of their love now, and what happens when people once in love meet again after years apart.

Author André Aciman presents "Find Me," the bestselling sequel to "Call Me By Your Name"

Our newest exhibition pays homage to arts patron Catharine Lorillard Wolfe and continues her mission of promoting “women...
01/06/2020

Our newest exhibition pays homage to arts patron Catharine Lorillard Wolfe and continues her mission of promoting “women’s work.”

Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Visit nationalartsclub.org/exhibitions for more info.

Today, we are excited to announce the selection of 10 artists as NAC Artist Fellows for 2020.The NAC Artist Fellowship p...
01/06/2020

Today, we are excited to announce the selection of 10 artists as NAC Artist Fellows for 2020.

The NAC Artist Fellowship program continues the Club's 121-year history of supporting the arts and artists by granting a select number of artists with one year of full membership to the historic club, with the goal of furthering their careers.

The 2020 NAC Artist Fellows are:
- Makeba Rainey (Visual Artist / Collage)
- Lara Knutson (Fine Arts / Mixed Media)
- Kala Pierson (Composer / Sound Artist)
- Duke Riley (Interdisciplinary Artist)
- Carol Salmanson (Sculpture / LED)
- Aliza Shvarts (Interdisciplinary Artist)
- Sugar Vendil (Interdisciplinary Artist / Composer)
- Brea Souders (Multidisciplinary Artist / Photography)
- Shani Jamila (Fine Arts / Painting)
- Rachel Elizabeth Seed (Documentary Filmmaker)

Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the Club’s meeting spaces, engage with other members, and participate in the more than 150 public programs offered throughout the year.

Our Fine & Mellow jazz series continues on Monday, January 27 at 9PM with legendary pianist George Cables.Presented in c...
01/02/2020
Fine & Mellow: The George Cables Trio

Our Fine & Mellow jazz series continues on Monday, January 27 at 9PM with legendary pianist George Cables.

Presented in collaboration with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

A yearlong concert series in collaboration with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, curated by Grammy Award winner Christian McBride

Happy New Year to our members and guests! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Club many times in 2020.
01/01/2020

Happy New Year to our members and guests! We look forward to welcoming you back to the Club many times in 2020.

Did your favorites make the list?
12/30/2019
The Best Films of the Decade

Did your favorites make the list?

The landscape of cinema has changed immeasurably in just 10 years. These 25 picks show how.

Actress Olympia Dukakis was awarded the NAC Medal of Honor for outstanding achievements in theatre in 2007. Beginning he...
12/20/2019

Actress Olympia Dukakis was awarded the NAC Medal of Honor for outstanding achievements in theatre in 2007. Beginning her career on stage in 1963, she later moved to film and television. During her more than 50 year career, Dukakis has received an Academy Award and Golden Globe, in addition to nominations for Emmys and a BAFTA. In addition to acting, she has been an outspoken advocate for women's rights and environmental causes.

Our exhibition of work by New York City-based artist Charles Johnstone opens on January 6. This exhibition centers on hi...
12/19/2019

Our exhibition of work by New York City-based artist Charles Johnstone opens on January 6. This exhibition centers on his work made with Polaroid film from 2014 to 2019.

Galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Visit nationalartsclub.org/exhibitions for more info.

What were your favorite works of the last decade?
12/19/2019
The Most Important Artworks of the 2010s

What were your favorite works of the last decade?

The editors of ARTnews pick the defining artworks of the past 10 years, from Christian Marclay to Kara Walker.

Novelist André Aciman visits the Club on Thursday, January 16 at 7PM with "Find Me," his sequel to the bestselling “Call...
12/18/2019
André Aciman, Author of "Find Me"

Novelist André Aciman visits the Club on Thursday, January 16 at 7PM with "Find Me," his sequel to the bestselling “Call Me by Your Name.”

Author André Aciman presents "Find Me," the bestselling sequel to "Call Me By Your Name"

Join us on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30PM for a screening of the documentary “Tin Soldiers.” This film brings global atte...
12/17/2019
Tin Soldiers

Join us on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30PM for a screening of the documentary “Tin Soldiers.” This film brings global attention to a critical children’s health issue, educates the world to the immediacy of the problem and inspires hope for a cure.

Join us for a free screening of the documentary "Tin Soldiers"

What were your favorite artworks from this decade?
12/17/2019
The Most Important Artworks of the 2010s

What were your favorite artworks from this decade?

The editors of ARTnews pick the defining artworks of the past 10 years, from Christian Marclay to Kara Walker.

On Monday, January 13 at 7:30PM, we present “Her/Music: Her/Story,” a program shining a light on the music and stories o...
12/16/2019
Her/Music: Her/Story

On Monday, January 13 at 7:30PM, we present “Her/Music: Her/Story,” a program shining a light on the music and stories of great women composers, past and present.

Presented in partnership with WQXR.

Celebrating women composers, past and present

Join filmmaker, multimedia artist, and professor Alexis Palmer Karl on Friday, January 10 at 7PM for an evening explorin...
12/12/2019
FashionSpeak Fridays: Dangerous Beauty: Death and the Maiden

Join filmmaker, multimedia artist, and professor Alexis Palmer Karl on Friday, January 10 at 7PM for an evening exploring the theme of “Death and The Maiden” through the lens of fashion.

Dangerous and deadly fashion is highly encouraged!

Explore the theme of "Death and The Maiden" through the lens of fashion

Alice Sparberg Alexiou, author of “The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Extraordinary City That Arose With It,” v...
12/11/2019
The Iconic Flatiron Building

Alice Sparberg Alexiou, author of “The Flatiron: The New York Landmark and the Extraordinary City That Arose With It,” visits the Club on Wednesday, January 8 at 8PM to talk about what the iconic building means to the city, the world, and to her.

Explore the history of one of New York's most iconic buildings

On Monday, January 6 at 8PM, we present a performance of the award-winning play “Oscar & Walt,” based on an actual encou...
12/11/2019
Oscar & Walt

On Monday, January 6 at 8PM, we present a performance of the award-winning play “Oscar & Walt,” based on an actual encounter between two of the 19th century's greatest writers.

A performance of the play "Oscar & Walt," in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Walt Whitman

Highlights of the art world from the past year.
12/09/2019
Best Art of 2019

Highlights of the art world from the past year.

This was a year of highs that included political protest in the art world, a historic Whitney Biennial, inspiring monuments and a revamped MoMA.

The 2019 NAC Drawing Invitational is on view through January 3. The exhibition pairs two celebrated New York artists, Ba...
12/09/2019
Exhibitions - The National Arts Club

The 2019 NAC Drawing Invitational is on view through January 3. The exhibition pairs two celebrated New York artists, Barbara Nessim and Tara Geer.

The mission of The National Arts Club is to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts.

“The World of Anna Sui” at the MAD | Museum of Arts and Design features nearly 100 looks designed by famed fashion desig...
12/09/2019
The World of Anna Sui:

“The World of Anna Sui” at the MAD | Museum of Arts and Design features nearly 100 looks designed by famed fashion designer Anna Sui. It also spotlights her heroes as a youth and the importance of her collaborators.

We look forward to presenting Sui with the NAC Medal of Honor for outstanding achievements in fashion this coming March.

The National Arts Club is dedicated to stimulating, fostering, and promoting public interest in the arts—both inside and outside of our doors.

Born and raised in Detroit, educated and discovered in New York, Anna Sui reinvented pop culture fashion with her signature rock-and-roll romantic label in the 1990s and has remained a design icon ever since. Beginning with her premiere catwalk show in 1991, Sui has shaped not only the garments, tex...

“Women Out of Doors” is on view through January 3. The contemporary women artists included in this exhibition all have a...
12/04/2019
Exhibitions - The National Arts Club

“Women Out of Doors” is on view through January 3. The contemporary women artists included in this exhibition all have a highly personal dialogue with the environment, an ardent response to nature, and have found in nature’s creative purpose elements of structure, invention and expression.

The mission of The National Arts Club is to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and educate the American people in the fine arts.

Thoughts on the last decade of art, from critic Roberta Smith.
12/04/2019
A Sea Change in the Art World, Made by Black Creators

Thoughts on the last decade of art, from critic Roberta Smith.

For our art critic, the greatness of black visual culture, past and present, mainstream and outsider, was repeatedly asserted during the 2010s.

The National Arts Club is saddened to hear of the loss of director, playwright, and actor Marion McClinton. McClinton wa...
12/03/2019
Tony-Nominated Director Marion McClinton Dies at Age 65 | Playbill

The National Arts Club is saddened to hear of the loss of director, playwright, and actor Marion McClinton.

McClinton was awarded our Kesselring Prize in 1992.

The playwright, actor, and director brought two August Wilson dramas to Broadway and directed several of the playwright's plays throughout his career.

With more than 150 public programs offered every year—at no cost to attendees—The National Arts Club is the place to be ...
12/03/2019
Donate Now | The National Arts Club

With more than 150 public programs offered every year—at no cost to attendees—The National Arts Club is the place to be for arts and culture.

Today, on #GivingTuesday, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to help keep our programs free and open to all who wish to attend. Through the end of the year, all gifts will be matched by our generous board members.

The National Arts Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the f...

It’s #GivingTuesday! As you support your favorite causes today—and throughout the holiday season—please consider sustain...
12/03/2019
Donate Now | The National Arts Club

It’s #GivingTuesday! As you support your favorite causes today—and throughout the holiday season—please consider sustaining the joy of the arts with a tax-deductible contribution to The National Arts Club.

Your donation helps to fulfill our mission by providing an extraordinary level of arts programming, offering new opportunities to artists and arts organizations, and making needed renovations to our landmark building. Through the end of the year, all gifts will be matched by our generous board members.

The National Arts Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the f...

Leonard Bernstein was a composer who first gained prominence conducting the New York Philharmonic in 1943. Known for his...
12/02/2019

Leonard Bernstein was a composer who first gained prominence conducting the New York Philharmonic in 1943. Known for his flamboyant, inspired and voracious style, Bernstein was one of the first American-born composers to gain worldwide recognition. From 1945 to 1947, he conducted the New York City Center orchestra and appeared as a guest conductor across the United States, Europe, and Israel. Berstein composed the score for the musical West Side Story, in collaboration with Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, in 1957. He received countless accolades throughout his life including a Tony and several Grammys. He was awarded the NAC Medal of Honor for outstanding achievements in music in 1968.

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