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The National Arts Club The National Arts Club is a private club founded in 1898 in the Samual Tilden Mansion on Gramercy Park. While the club's facilities are members-only, our events are free and open to the public.
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.

Congratulations to NAC Artist Life Member Lois Dodd on her exhibition at Modern Art, London. Spanning the last six decad...
07/12/2019
Lois Dodd – Modern Art

Congratulations to NAC Artist Life Member Lois Dodd on her exhibition at Modern Art, London. Spanning the last six decades of her career, this is the artist's first exhibition outside of the U.S. The show includes works encompassing the breadth of Dodd’s output and covering key motifs.

Dodd's work "View Over Cemetery, Men's Shelter" is included in our permanent collection.

The National Arts Club is sad to learn of the death of artist Rolland Golden.Born in New Orleans, Golden never strayed f...
07/10/2019

The National Arts Club is sad to learn of the death of artist Rolland Golden.

Born in New Orleans, Golden never strayed far from his hometown and many of his paintings depict scenes of the South. Some of his most memorable work came after Hurricane Katrina, when he captured the devastation of the storm and the aftermath of the catastrophe.

Golden spent time painting at the Club and won several prizes as an exhibiting Artist Member. His work "Left, Please" is included in the Club's permanent collection.

To learn more about the artist, visit his website at www.rollandgolden.com.

NAC Artist Fellow Sahra Motalebi begins performances of her “open-form opera” on Friday, July 12 as part of the Whit...
07/09/2019
Sahra Motalebi: Directory of Portrayals

NAC Artist Fellow Sahra Motalebi begins performances of her “open-form opera” on Friday, July 12 as part of the Whitney Biennial.

Motalebi’s ongoing project “Directory of Portrayals” includes performances, exhibitions, and text. At the Whitney, she presents the latest iteration of this work, which is inspired by online exchanges between the artist, who lives in New York, and her sister, who is based in Iran, as a two-week immersive installation in the Museum’s theater.

Sahra Motalebi has described her ongoing project Directory of Portrayals (2016–19), which includes performances, exhibitions, and text, as an “open-form opera.” At the Whitney, Motalebi presents the latest iteration of this work as a two-week immersive installation in the Museum’s theater, i...

A review of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's "Artistic License," in which six different artists explore its collection...
07/03/2019
The Guggenheim’s Collection, as Seen by Six Art Stars

A review of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's "Artistic License," in which six different artists explore its collection.

Everyone’s a curator these days. But when seasoned artists are asked to organize an exhibition from a museum’s collection it can be a great thing.

An all-encompassing performance at The Shed, to consider while the Club is on summer hiatus.
07/01/2019
Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise - The Shed

An all-encompassing performance at The Shed, to consider while the Club is on summer hiatus.

Save up to $50 on all performances through July 7. Tickets are $115 or less, starting at $25.

Happy #WorldPride, New York City! 🌈Here's a look at how the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art came to be.
06/24/2019
How a Self-Taught Art Curator Became a Gay Rights Champion

Happy #WorldPride, New York City! 🌈

Here's a look at how the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art came to be.

‘I had no vision at all,’ said Charles W. Leslie, who co-founded the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art 50 years ago. ‘It had to do with some vague concept of gay liberation.’

The final exhibitions of our 2018-19 season are on view through June 28.Exhibitions are free and open to the public, Mon...
06/19/2019
The National Arts Club

The final exhibitions of our 2018-19 season are on view through June 28.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM.

New York Women in Film & Television visits the Club on Monday, June 24, for an evening of excerpt readings from original...
06/17/2019
NYWIF & The Writers Lab - The National Arts Club

New York Women in Film & Television visits the Club on Monday, June 24, for an evening of excerpt readings from original screenplays written by the members of The Writers Lab. All readings are directed and acted by women.

Free and open to the public with RSVP to [email protected].

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.

On Monday, June 17, we welcome the Russian American Foundation for "Eurasia / America Film Night."Free and open to the p...
06/14/2019

On Monday, June 17, we welcome the Russian American Foundation for "Eurasia / America Film Night."

Free and open to the public with RSVP to [email protected].

Opening on Monday, June 17: "Central Asia: A Treasure Trove"View unique handmade textiles from Central Asia, including 1...
06/14/2019
Exhibitions - The National Arts Club

Opening on Monday, June 17: "Central Asia: A Treasure Trove"

View unique handmade textiles from Central Asia, including 19th and 20th century suzanis and embroideries, prayer rugs, national fabrics and traditional dress, from private U.S. collections.

On view through June 30.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM.

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.

This month, we say goodbye to Alice Quinn, longtime leader of our longtime resident the Poetry Society of America. She h...
06/13/2019

This month, we say goodbye to Alice Quinn, longtime leader of our longtime resident the Poetry Society of America. She has had an immeasurable impact on the world of poetry and her presence in our building will be missed.

Alice recently sat down with Poets & Writers to discuss her time at PSA: http://bit.ly/2F8Ia9m

Explore the great Ramesside monuments of Egypt on Thursday, June 20.Presented by The National Arts Club and American Res...
06/12/2019
The Great Ramesside Monuments - The National Arts Club

Explore the great Ramesside monuments of Egypt on Thursday, June 20.

Presented by The National Arts Club and American Research Center in Egypt/NY.

Free and open to the public. Seating is first come first served.

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.

Join conceptual artist, independent curator, and writer Lee Wells on Tuesday, June 18, for a broad discussion on new tec...
06/11/2019
A Discussion with Lee Wells - The National Arts Club

Join conceptual artist, independent curator, and writer Lee Wells on Tuesday, June 18, for a broad discussion on new technology, artificial intelligence, and the human condition in the early 21st century.

Free and open to the public. Seating is first come first served.

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.

06/11/2019

Lisa Brennan-Jobs joins us to discuss her memoir “Small Fry”

Award-winning singer and actress Shana Farr performs "It’s Not Where You Start: The Songbook of Barbara Cook" on Monda...
06/10/2019
The Songbook of Barbara Cook - The National Arts Club

Award-winning singer and actress Shana Farr performs "It’s Not Where You Start: The Songbook of Barbara Cook" on Monday, June 17.

Free and open to the public with RSVP to [email protected].

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.

Join us on Monday, June 10 for the official paperback launch party for Lisa Brennan-Jobs's bestselling memoir "Small Fry...
06/05/2019
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs - The National Arts Club

Join us on Monday, June 10 for the official paperback launch party for Lisa Brennan-Jobs's bestselling memoir "Small Fry!" 🎉

“Small Fry” is Brennan-Jobs’s poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes.

Free and open to the public. Seating is first come first served.

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.

Will Friedwald visits the Club on Wednesday, June 12 at 7PM with his book “Sinatra! The Song is You." In the book, Fri...
06/04/2019
Sinatra The Song is You - The National Arts Club

Will Friedwald visits the Club on Wednesday, June 12 at 7PM with his book “Sinatra! The Song is You." In the book, Friedwald draws upon interviews with hundreds of legendary singer Frank Sinatra’s collaborators as well as with “The Voice” himself.

Free and open to the public. Seating is first come first served.

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.

On Wednesday, May 29, The National Arts Club honored author John Irving for outstanding achievements in literature. Spea...
06/04/2019

On Wednesday, May 29, The National Arts Club honored author John Irving for outstanding achievements in literature. Speakers for the evening included authors Edmund White and Sam Tanenhaus, as well as Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster.

Now on view: “Oh Beautiful - The American Landscape” The American landscape has been a fertile ground of inspiration...
06/03/2019

Now on view: “Oh Beautiful - The American Landscape”

The American landscape has been a fertile ground of inspiration for countless artists throughout time. More than simply a view of the natural world, the four artists in this exhibition respond to the environment with distinctly personal visions.

The exhibition is on view through June 28.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM. Learn more about our current exhibitions: http://bit.ly/2F4qIC1

05/30/2019

Is artificial intelligence the future of art?

Exploring this and other questions with speakers from the art world and academia:
- Ahmed Elgammal, Professor, Computer Science, Rutgers University and Director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
- Lindsay Griffith, International Head of Contemporary Editions, Christie’s
- Matthew Jones, James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization and Leader of Big Data and Science Studies Research Cluster, Columbia University
- Srividya Kannan Ramachandran, Marketing Science at Facebook and Artist working in AI

Co-hosted by Columbia University's Center for Science and Society

Legendary portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler died on Sunday, May 26, 2019. At the time of his death, Mr. Kinstler ...
05/30/2019
In Memoriam: NAC Chat with Everett Raymond Kintsler

Legendary portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler died on Sunday, May 26, 2019.

At the time of his death, Mr. Kinstler had been a member of The National Arts Club for over 70 years, where he lived and worked since 1947. Last fall, he was honored at the Club’s 120th anniversary celebration for his outstanding career and commitment to the arts.

Before the ceremony, he sat down with our podcast to discuss his journey from inking comic books as a teen to painting the portraits eight U.S. Presidents, six U.S. governors, more than fifty cabinet officers, and a panoply of well-known personalities including Marian Anderson, Tony Bennett, James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, John Wayne, Tennessee Williams, and Tom Wolfe.

Legendary portrait artist Everett Raymond Kintsler died on Sunday, May 26, 2019. At the time of his death, Mr. Kintsler had been a member of The National Arts Club for over 70 years, where he lived

The National Arts Club
05/30/2019

The National Arts Club

Statement on the passing of artist, and longtime member of The National Arts Club, Everett Raymond Kinstler from Club President Linda Zagaria:

“As one of America’s most celebrated contemporary portraitists, Everett Raymond Kinstler painted eight U.S. Presidents, six U.S. governors, more than fifty cabinet officers, and a panoply of well-known personalities including Marian Anderson, Tony Bennett, James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, John Wayne, Tennessee Williams, and Tom Wolfe. Along with our club, his works appear in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, and the White House.

In addition to his legendary skill as a painter, Everett was a gifted raconteur, a dedicated mentor, and a dear friend to many at the NAC. His generosity of spirit knew no bounds. His wisdom and good humor filled our clubhouse. How easy it was to strike up a conversation with Ray, who made you feel that you were the most important person in the room – and to him, you were! He touched all our lives with his charm, wit, and optimism. It was a privilege to know him. We shall miss him dearly.”

At the time of his death, Mr. Kintsler had been a member of The National Arts Club for over 70 years.

Statement on the passing of artist, and longtime member of The National Arts Club, Everett Raymond Kinstler from Club Pr...
05/29/2019

Statement on the passing of artist, and longtime member of The National Arts Club, Everett Raymond Kinstler from Club President Linda Zagaria:

“As one of America’s most celebrated contemporary portraitists, Everett Raymond Kinstler painted eight U.S. Presidents, six U.S. governors, more than fifty cabinet officers, and a panoply of well-known personalities including Marian Anderson, Tony Bennett, James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, Arthur Miller, Paul Newman, John Wayne, Tennessee Williams, and Tom Wolfe. Along with our club, his works appear in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Portrait Gallery, The Brooklyn Museum, and the White House.

In addition to his legendary skill as a painter, Everett was a gifted raconteur, a dedicated mentor, and a dear friend to many at the NAC. His generosity of spirit knew no bounds. His wisdom and good humor filled our clubhouse. How easy it was to strike up a conversation with Ray, who made you feel that you were the most important person in the room – and to him, you were! He touched all our lives with his charm, wit, and optimism. It was a privilege to know him. We shall miss him dearly.”

At the time of his death, Mr. Kintsler had been a member of The National Arts Club for over 70 years.

Three new exhibitions open at The NAC on Monday, June 3, featuring established and emerging artists.Exhibitions are free...
05/29/2019
The National Arts Club

Three new exhibitions open at The NAC on Monday, June 3, featuring established and emerging artists.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM.

FashionSpeak Fridays presents Gender Bending Fashion on Friday, June 7. Dr. Michelle Tolini Finamore, of the Museum of F...
05/28/2019
Gender Bending Fashion - The National Arts Club

FashionSpeak Fridays presents Gender Bending Fashion on Friday, June 7. Dr. Michelle Tolini Finamore, of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, explores boundary-pushing designs and presents the work of ground-breaking contemporary designers.

Gender bending attire is highly encouraged!

Free and open to the public with RSVP to [email protected].

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.

05/24/2019

Crimes of Fashion Pt. 3

05/24/2019

Crimes of Fashion Pt. 2

05/24/2019

FashionSpeak Fridays presents “Crimes of Fashion” with author and fashion historian Dr. Alison Matthews David

Earlier this week, the Club had the pleasure of hosting a staged reading of Tony Award winner John Lahr's play "Keys to ...
05/24/2019

Earlier this week, the Club had the pleasure of hosting a staged reading of Tony Award winner John Lahr's play "Keys to the Kingdom," directed by John Hancock.

Pictured here, alongside Mr. Hancock and members of our Theatre Committee, are cast members Joe Barrett, Craig Bierko, Peter Benson, and Michael Oberholtzer.

One more week to see “SaySay.Love:Water.”Art uses water as a mirror for the interplay between abstraction & reality....
05/24/2019

One more week to see “SaySay.Love:Water.”

Art uses water as a mirror for the interplay between abstraction & reality. Whether at rest or in motion, colorless or iridescent—the nature of water triggers emotions. In his photographs, SaySay.Love celebrates the beauty of water and everything that hides and is reflected in it. "Water" is on view through May 31.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 5PM.* Learn more about our current and upcoming exhibitions: http://bit.ly/2F4qIC1

*The National Arts Club is closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Join speakers from the art world and academia on Thursday, May 30 to explore questions such as: What is creativity? What...
05/23/2019
Is AI the Future of Art? - The National Arts Club

Join speakers from the art world and academia on Thursday, May 30 to explore questions such as: What is creativity? What is originality? And, who or what can make art?

Free and open to the public.

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.

Save the date! On Monday, June 10, the Club hosts author Lisa Brennan-Jobs for the official paperback launch party of he...
05/22/2019
Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs - The National Arts Club

Save the date! On Monday, June 10, the Club hosts author Lisa Brennan-Jobs for the official paperback launch party of her bestselling memoir "Small Fry."

Free and open to the public. Seating is first come first served.

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.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On Thursday, May 23, join us for a special afternoon (3PM) performance by Oren Gradus, bass singer at Th...
05/21/2019

JUST ANNOUNCED: On Thursday, May 23, join us for a special afternoon (3PM) performance by Oren Gradus, bass singer at The Metropolitan Opera. Gradus performs songs from opera to musical theatre in our historic parlors.

Event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP to [email protected].

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