The Transformative Art of the Internet; A Collaborative Revolution

We welcome journalists Malcolm Gladwell and Virginia Heffernan for an evening of drinks and lively discussion about the Internet, both as a revolutionary technology and as a global, transformative work of art. Gladwell and Heffernan will delve into the latest differences between our offline vs online lives, and the changing ways that we read, see, […]


Creative Tech Week Kickoff Party

Together with Creative Tech Week and Harvestworks, the Art and Technology Committee and Young Members Committee at the NAC has lined up a series of brief talks and an innovative electronic movement performance from 7-8pm. At 8, the lights dim, music begins, and the rest of the night is yours to catch up with old friends […]

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Painting after Paik: The Influence of Nam June Paik on the Art of Russell Connor

A fateful 1968 meeting at WGBH in Boston with video artist Nam June Paik led to a major upheaval in the art of Russell Connor.  In his talk, the artist tells how it helped transform an abstract painter, ex-student of Josef Albers, into an artist who “plays seriously” with art history, in work he calls […]

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A conversation with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD & Co-Founder of Gilt

A conversation with Alexandra Wilkis Wilson,  Co-Founder and CEO of GLAMSQUAD; Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of Gilt Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is a digital entrepreneur who co-founded the influential e-commerce retailer Gilt and currently oversees the mobile app startup GLAMSQUAD, home-delivering affordable beauty services to tech savvy consumers. Before co-founding Gilt, Alexandra managed retail operations at […]

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THE COLLECTIVE JOURNEY: Transmedia & the Rise of a New Form of Story

The Internet continues to transform communication and commerce, but few anticipated how it has given birth to new narrative canvases capable of profound social and artistic expression. In this exclusive talk, Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment and pioneer in the field of transmedia storytelling, will describe how the time of the Hero’s Journey […]


The Art of Drones: A Conversation about Creativity, Coverage, and Controversy

This conversation will bring together Randy Scott Slavin, NYC Drone Film Festival Founder, and Greg Agvent, the Sr. Director of News Operations at CNN, to talk about drones and what space they occupy within the editorial and creative landscapes.


Eclectic Music Salon

An intimate evening with the film composer Duke Bojadziev on piano, featuring his talented collaborators. His guest this evening is the musical prodigy on clarinet from Juliard, Ismail Lumanovski. A cinematic musical journey blends the art of classical romanticism with the traditional roots of Eastern European melodies, while exploring the technology of layering sound experiences. […]


The Art and Business of Music with Jason Flom, Moderator Ronan Farrow

“I knew nothing about escrow when I first started out — I actually thought it was an Italian vegetable,” Lava Records CEO Jason Flom told 1000 real estate brokers as he delivered the keynote address at the ReInvent Conference. Flom, the former Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group, and […]


Graham Hancock

From Fingerprints of the Gods, published in 1995, to his explosive new book Magicians of the Gods, soon to be published on November 10, 2015, Graham Hancock has spent 20 years in the front lines of historical and archaeological controversy.

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An Evening with Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey

In 1986, Larry Harvey instigated the now-renowned Burning Man festival on a renegade creative impulse on a San Francisco beach.

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Sleeping Through a Revolution: The Moral Framework of the Technology Revolution

The Art + Tech Committee is excited to host Jonathan Taplin, author of Outlaw Blues and Adventures in the Counter-Culture Wars.

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The Birth of Hip-Hop with Tommy Silverman & Lee Quiñones

The Art & Technology Committee brings you Tommy Silverman, founder of both Tommy Boy Records and the New Music Seminar, and Lee Quiñones, leading innovator of the street-art movement in New York and pioneer of subway graffiti art.

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Alexandre Tannous: Exploring Sound

Please join us on Tuesday, April 21, at 8 p.m. as the Art & Technology Committee welcomes its next speaker, Alexandre Tannous, composer and ethnomusicologist –

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Zuzanna Skalska: Awareness of Change

Please join us on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 p.m. as the Art & Technology Committee hosts its next speaker- Zuzanna Skalska. Zuzanna is a celebrated trend watcher-

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Drones: Creativity and Controversy

The Art & Tech Committee of the National Arts Club is excited to announce our next talk – a candid conversation about drones and art.

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WYLIE DUFRESNE at the National Arts Club

The Art & Technology Committee of the National Arts Club is excited to announce its next speaker, a culinary visionary, chef Wylie Dufresne.

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VITO ACCONCI at The National Arts Club

On December 4 at 8:00 pm the Art & Technology Committee welcomes Vito Acconci. From poetry and provocative performance art to sublime architecture and beyond, Mr. Acconci is one of the most iconoclastic and influential artists of our time.

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An Evening with Milton Glaser

Graphic design legend, Milton Glaser, speaks on all of our favorite topics, Art, Design, Love & Sex, in what will surely be a memorable and thought provoking evening.

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Shane Smith: Vice and the Art of Storytelling

Please join the Art & Technology Committee for an evening with Shane Smith, founder and CEO of Vice Media.

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Graham Hancock To Speak On Exploring Consciousness: From Upper Paleolithic Cave Art to Modern Day Shamanism

Please join the Art & Technology Committee for an evening with Graham Hancock as he introduces his new book War God and shares his thought- provoking views on non-ordinary states of consciousness.


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Please join us Thursday October 9 at 8:00 pm as Graham Hancock returns to speak about exciting new evidence that supports his controversial thesis that a civilization flourished deep in prehistory and was destroyed.

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Medal of Honor : Dr. Neil degrasse Tyson

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is widely regarded as the world’s most renowned astrophysicist and science communicator. A graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Dr.Tyson’s passion for astronomy was evident from his lectures on the subject at the age of 15, which gained him early fame in the community. Today he is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium […]

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Dennis McKenna Returns to The National Arts Club

  In 2010 the Art and Technology Committee hosted a presentation by Dennis McKenna in which he shared his ideas about the origins of the human imagination. We’re pleased to announce that Dennis will return to discuss his new book entitled Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss. In Brotherhood, Dennis Talks of his life with his late […]

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Origins of The Human Imagination Plant-Human Coevolution

Imagination makes us human. Certainly it’s at the heart of all art. Yet we rarely stop to consider where the imagination came from. If evolution endows nature’s creatures with traits that aid in survival and reproduction, what may she have intended when she created the imagination? And from a physiological perspective, how may the imagination […]

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Social Media / Visually Informed

Please join us as social media expert and futurist Dennis Mancini shares his vision of the world – a unique take on where we are today, and the consequence of where we’re headed. We’ll hear how social media, virtual worlds, genetics, artificial intelligence, and nano are weaving tomorrow’s reality, together with economics, demographics, culture and […]