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.
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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.

Mission: 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.

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Discover the culinary legacy of James Hemmings—a master chef, culinary innovator, teacher, valet…and a slave—on Thursday...
02/11/2021
James Hemming’s Contributions to American Cuisine

Discover the culinary legacy of James Hemmings—a master chef, culinary innovator, teacher, valet…and a slave—on Thursday, February 18 at 6PM (ET).

Discover the culinary legacy of James Hemmings

Journey through the world of magician-turned-film director Georges Méliès on Wednesday, February 17 at 7PM (ET).
02/10/2021
A Trip to the Moon: The Films of Georges Méliès

Journey through the world of magician-turned-film director Georges Méliès on Wednesday, February 17 at 7PM (ET).

Film collector Denny Daniel leads a visual journey through the world of magician-turned-film director Georges Méliès

#BlackHistoryMonth Spotlight: Marian AndersonMarian Anderson was one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century....
02/10/2021

#BlackHistoryMonth Spotlight: Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson was one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century. She performed with many of the world’s most famous orchestras in the most famous venues. An important figure in the struggle for black artists, Anderson broke many barriers. In 1955, she became the first black singer to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Later in her life, Anderson served as a United Nations delegate and State department goodwill ambassador. Her many accolades include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, Kennedy Center Honors, National Medal of Arts, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She was awarded the NAC Medal of Honor for outstanding achievements in music in 1989.

Check out this daily virtual exhibition in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth.
02/09/2021
28 Days of Black History | Anti-Racism Daily

Check out this daily virtual exhibition in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth.

Email * Thank you! You’ll receive your first email Monday, February 1. A virtual exhibition of 28 works that celebrate Black legacy in the U.S.Delivered each evening in February via email Each evening of the exhibition includes… AN INTRODUCTIONTo a moment in Black history exemplified by the ar...

We're shocked and saddened by the loss of the legendary Mary Wilson. Ms. Wilson joined us this past fall to discuss her ...
02/09/2021
Mary Wilson Shares the Style Legacy of the Supremes

We're shocked and saddened by the loss of the legendary Mary Wilson. Ms. Wilson joined us this past fall to discuss her life and legacy as an original Supreme.

The National Arts Club presents a conversation with Mary Wilson, a founder and the longest serving member of the legendary Supremes. Wilson shares her life s...

#OnThisDay: 207 years ago, Samuel Tilden was born. Many people know that our Club calls the historic Tilden Mansion home...
02/09/2021

#OnThisDay: 207 years ago, Samuel Tilden was born. Many people know that our Club calls the historic Tilden Mansion home, but who was Samuel Tilden?

Samuel J. Tilden served more than 25 years in New York's State Assembly, before becoming the State's 25th governor in 1875. Only several months after he was elected to lead the Empire State, Tilden was selected as the Democratic Party's nominee in the 1876 Presidential Election. In a dramatic turn of events, Tilden lost the Electoral College to Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes, despite having won the popular vote. History has it that, having initially believed he won, Tilden addressed a celebratory crowd of supporters from his then-home on Gramercy Park.

Playing a prominent role in reorganizing the post-Civil War Democratic Party, Tilden is credited with breaking up the political machines which ran New York at the time, including the infamous Tammany Hall.

Tilden first acquired 15 Gramercy Park in 1863, before purchasing the adjacent home (14 Gramercy Park) a few years later and renovating it into the historic landmark it is today. Tilden lived in the building until his death in 1886. In addition to his home on Gramercy Park, Tilden was the first governor to occupy the present Executive Mansion in Albany.

02/08/2021
Readers for Life

Authors Allison Pataki and Marya Myers discuss the impact of children’s literature on “young and old.”

On view in our Grand Gallery: “MORE...From the NAC Permanent Collection”Portraits, landscapes, and a few contemporary ac...
02/08/2021

On view in our Grand Gallery: “MORE...From the NAC Permanent Collection”

Portraits, landscapes, and a few contemporary accents—these treasures from our collection provide warmth from the winter’s cold. It’s the perfect time to visit our historic Clubhouse.

This exhibition is on view through February 25.

The NAC galleries are open to the public daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. To make a reservation, please visit nationalartsclub.org/exhibitions.
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Pictured from our permanent collection: Max Bohm (1868-1923). "Joy (The Dance, Dance on the Shore)." 1918. Oil on canvas.

Celebrate 150 years of L’Union Alsacienne, the oldest French club in New York, on Tuesday, February 16 at 7PM (ET). To c...
02/08/2021
L’Union Alsacienne 150th Anniversary Concert

Celebrate 150 years of L’Union Alsacienne, the oldest French club in New York, on Tuesday, February 16 at 7PM (ET). To commemorate this important anniversary, we are delighted to host a concert of classical music dedicated to Alsace.

L’Union Alsacienne, the oldest French club in New York, celebrates its 150th anniversary with a classical concert

Join scent expert Sue Phillips on Friday, February 12 at 7PM (ET) to explore the history of fragrance.Phillips shares th...
02/05/2021
The Art of Scent

Join scent expert Sue Phillips on Friday, February 12 at 7PM (ET) to explore the history of fragrance.

Phillips shares the history and the secrets of both the magic and healing properties of scent. If a piece of jewelry visually communicates our aesthetic, a scent does the same through smell, one of the most powerful and emotional of the senses.

Scent expert Sue Phillips explores the history of fragrance

02/05/2021
A Conversation with Zerlina Maxwell

Zerlina Maxwell, MSNBC political analyst, award-winning co-host of SiriusXM’s Signal Hour and SiriusXM’s Senior Director of Progressive Programming, host of Peacock’s Zerlina, attorney, and former campaign staffer for Clinton and Obama, reveals firsthand what it would take to shift the political paradigm in her new book, "The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide."

With two presidential campaigns under her belt, Maxwell gained firsthand knowledge of everything liberals are doing right—and everything they are doing wrong. She urges inclusivity in progressive politics as a road to representation actually reflective of society.

On Tuesday, February 16,  our Parlors and Dining Room will reopen to NAC Members for drinks and dining from our parlor m...
02/04/2021

On Tuesday, February 16, our Parlors and Dining Room will reopen to NAC Members for drinks and dining from our parlor menu (the full menu will return soon!).

We will be observing the same strictly-enforced social distance rules, mask-wearing, and check-in procedures. To make your reservation, please contact us at [email protected] or call 212-477-2389.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila performs a classical concert on Thursday, February 11 at 3PM (ET).This performance is ...
02/04/2021
Cellist Francisco Vila

Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila performs a classical concert on Thursday, February 11 at 3PM (ET).

This performance is part of a series of classical concerts, presented in partnership with the Sphinx Organization, featuring outstanding young Black and Latino musicians.

A performance by cellist Francisco Vila, presented in partnership with the Sphinx Organization

MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell joins us on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30PM (ET) for a discussion on her book "Th...
02/03/2021
Zerlina Maxwell

MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell joins us on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30PM (ET) for a discussion on her book "The End of White Politics".

A conversation with political analyst and author of "The End of White Politics" Zerlina Maxwell

Go behind the curtain of the Folies Bergere in Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 10 at 7PM (ET).Karan Feder, author of “T...
02/03/2021
The Folies Bergere in Las Vegas

Go behind the curtain of the Folies Bergere in Las Vegas on Wednesday, February 10 at 7PM (ET).

Karan Feder, author of “The Folies Bergere in Las Vegas,” looks at the history, design, and showgirls that contributed to the splendiferous legacy of Las Vegas’s longest-running musical revue.

Author Karan Feder explores Las Vegas’s longest-running musical revue

It’s Children's Authors and Illustrators Week! Next Monday, February 8 at 5PM (ET), authors Allison Pataki and Marya Mye...
02/02/2021
Readers for Life

It’s Children's Authors and Illustrators Week! Next Monday, February 8 at 5PM (ET), authors Allison Pataki and Marya Myers discuss the impact of children’s literature on “young and old.”

Authors Allison Pataki and Marya Myers discuss the impact of children’s literature on “young and old”

Our online Bonnet Bash Hat Contest returns! Enter your most stellar headwear to meet the theme “celestial bodies.”
02/01/2021
The Bonnet Bash 2021 Hat Contest - 2/1/2021 - The National Arts Club

Our online Bonnet Bash Hat Contest returns! Enter your most stellar headwear to meet the theme “celestial bodies.”

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.

Starting off #BlackHistoryMonth with these words from NAC Medal of Honor recipient Wynton Marsalis.Marsalis is a world-r...
02/01/2021

Starting off #BlackHistoryMonth with these words from NAC Medal of Honor recipient Wynton Marsalis.

Marsalis is a world-renowned trumpeter, composer, and bandleader. The son and grandson of jazz musicians, Marsalis showed musical talent at a young age. By age 14, he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic. In 1979, he moved to New York City to attend Julliard. Shortly after moving to the city, Marsalis was discovered and signed to Columbia Records. Since then, he has toured and performed all over the world. He is also the founder and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Marsalis received the NAC Medal of Honor for outstanding achievements in music in 2011.

01/29/2021
Sneakers x Culture: Collab

Elizabeth Semmelhack, author of "Sneakers x Culture: Collab," explores the collaborative culture that surrounds sneakers.

Our galleries are open! Visit us to see these newly-renovated spaces and the inaugural exhibitions—including work by pai...
01/29/2021

Our galleries are open! Visit us to see these newly-renovated spaces and the inaugural exhibitions—including work by painter Greg Goldberg and photographer Graham MacIndoe.

The NAC galleries are open to the public daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. To make a reservation, please visit nationalartsclub.org/exhibitions.

On Saturday, January 30 at 7PM (ET), the Sphinx Organization presents the Sphinx Competition Junior & Senior Finals. Thi...
01/29/2021
Sphinx Competition - Sphinx Organization

On Saturday, January 30 at 7PM (ET), the Sphinx Organization presents the Sphinx Competition Junior & Senior Finals. This national competition offers young Black and Latinx classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges, and to perform with and receive mentorship from established professional musicians.

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

Sphinx Competition Watch the Finals Concert The 24th Annual Sphinx Competition Jan. 30, 2021 @ 7 PM ET Watch the 2020 Finals Concert Presented by , sponsor of Audience Choice Award Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic, the 24th Annual Sphinx Competition will be virtual. Complete details....

Attend the 4th Annual Art in Virtual Reality on Friday, February 5 at 7PM (ET). For the first time, the event is held co...
01/28/2021
Art in Virtual Reality

Attend the 4th Annual Art in Virtual Reality on Friday, February 5 at 7PM (ET). For the first time, the event is held completely in VR and features several professional artists and their latest immersive artwork.

The 4th annual Art in Virtual Reality Night in partnership event with NYVR

01/28/2021
Violist Jordan Bak

A classical performance by young violist Jordan Bak.

Today’s program:
- J.S. Bach – Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007
- Alvin Singleton – “Argoru IV”
- Quinn Mason – “In Memory” (2020)
- Joan Tower – Wild Purple

This performance is part of a series of classical concerts, presented in partnership with the Sphinx Organization, featuring outstanding young Black and Latino musicians.

Political analyst and author Zerlina Maxwell joins us for a conversation on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30PM (ET).Maxwell ...
01/28/2021
Zerlina Maxwell

Political analyst and author Zerlina Maxwell joins us for a conversation on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30PM (ET).

Maxwell reveals firsthand what it would take to shift the political paradigm in her new book, “The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide.” With two presidential campaigns under her belt, shes gained firsthand knowledge of everything liberals are doing right—and everything they are doing wrong.

A conversation with political analyst and author of "The End of White Politics" Zerlina Maxwell

01/27/2021
The National Arts Club recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day

The United Nations General Assembly has designated January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust which resulted in the deaths of six million Jews and eleven million others. To mark the occasion, NAC member Elizabeth Bellak, with her daughter Alexandra, presents the journal of her sister, Renia Spiegel, who was a Jewish teenager in southeastern Poland when she began writing her diary, months before the advent of World War II.

World-renowned architect, artist, and professor Daniel Libeskind was born in Łódź, Poland, the son of Jewish Holocaust s...
01/27/2021

World-renowned architect, artist, and professor Daniel Libeskind was born in Łódź, Poland, the son of Jewish Holocaust survivors. His work includes the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum North, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the expansion of the Royal Ontario Museum, the reconstruction of the World Trade Center, and The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge. Libeskind received the NAC Medal of Honor for outstanding achievements in architecture in 2007.

The National Arts Club Medal of Honor is awarded to exemplary leaders in their respective fields, from fine art and fashion to dance, theatre, and music to art and technology.

There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really u...
01/26/2021
This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto

There are few subjects in American life that prompt more discussion and controversy than immigration. But do we really understand it?

Suketa Mehta, author of “This Land is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto,” discusses his book and the subject of immigration on Thursday, January 28 at 7PM (ET) with fellow author Amitava Kumar.

An evening with author Suketu Mehta, in conversation with Amitava Kumar

“99 Cents Dream: Photographs by Graham MacIndoe” is now on view in our new Project Room gallery.The inaugural exhibition...
01/26/2021

“99 Cents Dream: Photographs by Graham MacIndoe” is now on view in our new Project Room gallery.

The inaugural exhibition in the Project Room features photographs by acclaimed photographer Graham MacIndoe (@grahammacindoe) primarily taken in New York City beginning in March 2020, when the pandemic changed lives practically overnight.

The NAC galleries are open to the public daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. To make a reservation, please visit nationalartsclub.org/exhibitions.

See the works of recipients of The National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Fine Arts in our new exhibition “Celebration!”F...
01/25/2021

See the works of recipients of The National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Fine Arts in our new exhibition “Celebration!”

Featured in this exhibition are drawings and prints created by some of the most celebrated names in modern art including Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dalí, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, and more.

The NAC galleries are open to the public daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. To make a reservation, please visit nationalartsclub.org/exhibitions.

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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.