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ANNY Audience Choice Awards

Tue, November 12, 2019

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
National Arts Club


Animation Nights New York presents curated screenings of animated short films from around the world. The films were selected by the ANNY audience as their Season 4 favorites!

The Art of FEAR: A Photographic Memoir

Tuesday, September 10
7:00 PM
National Arts Club

Kimberly Butler presents images and poetry from her recently published photographic memoir, The Art of FEAR, to illustrate the effects of childhood trauma on an artist.  She will discuss how she channeled fear into a creative career, photographing hundreds of celebrities and world leaders. Butler’s credits include covers of The New York Times best sellers and shoots for major broadcast networks. Butler has traveled in the Middle East and the former Soviet Union as a photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. She will be joined by Dr. Jacob Ham, director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience (CCTR) at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

A Discussion with Lee Wells: Sophia’s Safehouse in the Uncanny Valley, Dolphins vs Robots, and the 21st Century.

Tuesday, June 18
7:00 PM
National Arts Club

Join a broad discussion with conceptual artist, independent curator, and writer Lee Wells on new technology, AI, and the human condition in the early twenty-first century. Present during this discussion will be video art bots Alice and Bob, which form part of his most recent immersive video art experiments that analyze the exchange between the viewer and the droids themselves. Mr. Wells’s art and projects question systems of power and control, and they have been exhibited internationally at festivals including the Fifty-first Venice Biennale, the Second Moscow Biennial, The Guggenheim Museum, NCCA Moscow, and PS1/MoMA. The program will also cover Wells’s upcoming book and his recent exhibitions in London, New York, and Athens.

Graham Hancock – The Art of Rewriting History through the lens of the Americas

Tuesday, May 28
7:30 PM

Was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age?

Bestselling author Graham Hancock has made it his life’s work to find out – and in his new book, America Before, he  draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a dramatic conclusion. In this special talk, Graham will share his insights and his own personal journey into the research and questions that have propelled his work over the past several decades, and which have culminated in his newest book.

Among the extraordinary breakthroughs are the discovery that the Americas were first peopled at least 130,000 years ago, many tens of thousands of years before human settlements became established elsewhere, a possibility that holds profound ramifications for our understanding of our past, present and even our future.

Art of VR

Thursday, February 21
6:00 PM
National Arts Club (Moved to Players Club)

We are proud to present a showcase of artists working in the realm of virtual and augmented reality, inviting participants to explore and interact with and explore these new immersive worlds of abundant creativity and magic. Featuring live painting with Tiltbrush, attendees will be able to create virtual art of their own.

An Evening with Rupert Sheldrake on Science and Spiritual Practices

Tuesday, November 13
7:00 PM
National Arts Club

Please join us for a very special evening with Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, a world renowned author and researcher in the field of parapsychology and developer of the concept of “morphic resonance”, where he will discuss his new book Science and Spiritual Practices: Transformative experiences and their effects on our bodies, brains and health. We will also discuss how these profound experiences effect the imagination in creating art.

The effects of spiritual practices are now being investigated scientifically as never before, and many studies have shown that religious and spiritual practices generally make people happier and healthier. Sheldrake illustrates how science helps validate seven particular practices which underpin all major world religions. He summarizes the latest scientific research on what happens when we take part in these practices, and suggests ways that readers can explore these fields for themselves.

The Memes of Our Times: Memes and Art on the Blockchain

While symbolism has been used for millennia to transfer information and concepts, the internet has allowed for the spreading of concepts in a symbolic form to rapidly grow and evolve under the gates and gatekeepers of popular culture in an explosion of creativity that’s both chaotic and controversial while at the same time uniting for those who resonate with and contribute to it.

Please join us for a very important discussion on Memes and how they are changing the cultural landscape including the art world with the potential for a meme economy through Crypto Art.

Our panelists include Louis Parker (Memeconcious), founder of which allows anyone to create their own cryptographic tokens representing memes or any kind of information imaginable; Jessica Angel, a visual artist commissioned to create a public art structure representing the Doge-Ethereum software bridge which fosters the experimentation between the blockchain space and the physical world (; Theo Goodman, a sports betting expert, bitcoin oracle, and meme consultant; Yehudit Mam, co-founder and CMO of, a visual conversation platform where people speak to each other through drawings; and Wiley Mathews, one of the first creators of mobile content and SMS payment tech and founder of the blockchain incubation studio, Honeycomb Ventures.

Gathering of the Minds

Tuesday, March 6
6:00 PM
National Arts Club

Please join us for a very special event on content creation, free speech, and the future of a decentralized internet.

As the world gets more connected, a paradigm shift is occurring in media. People are changing what they watch, and increasingly they are turning to independent video creators. These video creators exhibit a very diverse set of opinions, but they have a shared belief in the sanctity of freedom of speech & expression. Established institutions are threatened – traditional and social media giants are losing their audiences and revenue. Some countries are reacting with 1984-style censorship.

What does it take to be a fearless, engaging creator in this environment? In Part 2 of the discussion, we’ll focus on the role blockchain technology may play in the decentralization of social networks, and its ability to avert censorship and empower creators to fully express themselves.

We have a powerhouse of a panel joining us: Tim Pool, an award winning journalist covering conflict, crisis, and technology; Bill Ottman founder of; Daniel Pinchbeck, an author specializing in psychedelics, shamanism, and the new age; Eleanor Goldfield, a creative activist/writer/poet/singer; Tarl Warwick/ Styxhexenhammer666 (via livestream), a brilliantly eclectic occultist, author, editor and political commenter on Youtube; and Lionel, Legal and media analyst, trial lawyer and former prosecutor, host of LionelNation YouTube Channel.

Lev Polyakov and Bill Ottman will be co-moderating.

Introduction to Crypto Art

Friday, September 14
7:00 PM

National Arts Club

Please join us for an open discussion with experts in the blockchain space as we discuss how new opportunities for artists to promote and sell their work through this new medium.

Featuring John Crain founder of SuperRare, a platform that allows artists to release limited-edition digital artwork tracked on the blockchain; Jess Houlgrave Co-founder & COO at Codex Protocol, a decentralized registry for unique assets like art, fine wines, watches and more; Jessica Angel an installation artist currently developing a blockchain inspired public art pavilion for the Vancouver Biennale 2018-2020 Dan Anderson iCounterparty (XCP) developer and the creator of Bitcorn Crops, a cryptoart game built on the Bitcoin blockchain, and Louis Parker a lifelong memer pursuing his degree in Psychotechnic Memetics. Parker has been involved in Crypto Art/Meme projects such as the Rare Pepe Blockchain Project. He is passionate about empowering others to find their voice through the medium of the meme.

We will also be showcasing featured crypto art starting from 6:30 PM.


The Art of Magazines in the Digital Age


Wednesday, February 21
7:30 PM
The National Arts Club

A panel of magazine publishers, editors, and photographers that focus on visual artistic content will discuss how they are able to reach, grow, and share works of perceptible substance with their audience in a time of endless noise and notifications that compete for our attention.

Panelists include Creative Director at Spirit and Flesh Magazine Yelena Deyneko, prolific photographer Kimberly Butler who photographed hundreds of celebrities and world leaders including five U.S. presidents, publisher and photojournalist editor Amelia Hennighausen, contributor to The Wall Street Journal, and active within the industry at every major publishing house for 20 years, and award winning photographer, Nigel Parry.

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain And The Future Of Finance In Art

Monday, December 4

7:30 PM

In recorded music, so much of the money is kept by middlemen that songwriters and musicians are looking to a new kind of money as a means of getting back some of what is derived from their craft.  It is called Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency powered by a technology called Blockchain, which records and encrypts transactions in a transparent public ledger. Pledge Music and Dot Blockchain founder Benji Rogers, MG+ Senior Partner Steven Masur, Ujo Music Product Owner Jack Spallone and painter/visual artist Lindsey Nobel will discuss the promise of Blockchain, and how it can change the artistic and creative world.


#artandtech producer:
Steve Masur

Robots: Make Me Sculpture

Cy Keener, Professor of Sculpture / Digital Fabrication and Media at the University of Maryland, will share stories from the front lines of art and technology where software, computer controlled machines and art collide.

Keener uses digital means to make data reporting sculptures that travel the oceans and inhabit windy mountain ridges. He spent a year at the bleeding edge of digital manufacturing as an artist in residence at the Autodesk software company in San Francisco. He brings an enthusiastic and skeptical perspective to the current era of perceiving all things digital as good.

Through teaching and practice, he explores the boundaries and limitations of making art with digital tools.


Cy Keener, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

Cy Keener holds an MFA from Stanford University, and an M.Arch from the University of California Berkeley. He has been commissioned for installations at Stanford, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas.




#artandtech producer:
Peter Sabbeth

The Art of the App and the Best Apps for Art, Music, Fashion, Everything

Mobile and web apps have swept the world.  Apps are in the middle of how we travel, where we sleep, what we eat, how we experience art, photography, and books. But which apps do we really use?

Are we exposed to more art, or better art, or does greater access breed greater uniformity?  This program will explore the art of app design, as well as apps that help us design, and enjoy all of human creativity.

Join us to meet the leading designers and thinkers behind the app revolution, discuss the apps we use, and learn what we can expect in the future with voice activation, bots, augmented and virtual reality.


Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.), CTO,
Marc Kirschner, Founder and CEO, Marquee Arts
Tom Limongello, CEO, Truffle
Moderator:  Steve Masur, Partner, MG+

Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.), CTO,

Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.) is a seasoned entrepreneur and technologist, CTO at in New York, working on bringing the art world online. He is a maintainer of multiple popular open-source projects, including Java Native Access, Ruby Grape, Hashie and the popular Slack Ruby client, bot and server libraries. Daniel graduated from University of Geneva in late 90s and founded and sold Vestris Inc., an early stage technology start-up right after college. He joined Microsoft as Development Lead, was Director at Visible Path, then Architect and Development Manager at Application Security.

Marc Kirschner, Co-Founder and Head of Content for Marquee Arts
Marquee Arts delivers great dance, opera and theater performances and documentaries from around the world, directly to your mobile device or connected TV. Marquee is a member of NEW INC, the New Museum’s Cultural Incubator, supporting projects at the intersections of art, design, and technology.

Tom Limongello, CEO, Truffle
Truffle is the best way to share the restaurants you love with the people you love. With Truffle you can save lists of your favorite places in any city the world, and share those lists with friends directly in chat so that making plans is super easy.

Steven Masur, Partner, MG+
MG+ crafts legal solutions for technology and service-driven companies in technology, art and creative services, products, and media companies. We are experienced, forward-thinking, responsive, and provide complete solutions and large firm capabilities.


#artandtech producers:

Steven Masur

Vaughn Massey


The Power of Breathing – An Interactive Event

What we do every day without thinking has the power to change our lives when we start paying attention. Tradition and technology have taught us to use our inner mechanics to access our true creativity, life force, and spirituality through breathing exercises. We are able to quiet our monkey minds, resist ice cold temperatures, calm our nervous systems, secrete adrenaline, and even naturally trip out!Join us for an introduction on Wednesday September 6 at 7:30 PM to these various methods of breathing, and how they can be used to access your true powers within.Come in earlier at 6:00 to check out the Virtual Reality breathing program set up with biofeedback by hannes bend which will be on display before and after the event.

  • Participate in a live breathing session with Zoë LePage of Exhale to Inhale.
  • Learn with hannes bend how to withstand freezing cold temperatures, get rid of anxiety and depression with breathing techniques, connect to nervous and immune system and attain heightened productive and energized states. Plus learn about the virtual reality programs with biofeedback hannes and team have been developing merging art, science, technology, and mindfulness.
  • Access your true spiritual and creative power within by going on an inner journey through a guided meditation from UN Ambassador Patrick Nickisch.
  •  See our own Lev Polyakov’s explanation and visualizations of these states, artistically expressed.
  • The final presentation will feature a breathing session of the Wim Hof Method! 

We hope you can join us to kick off a fall of new beginnings at the National Arts Club on September 6 at 7:30 PM.

Movie Marketing and Positioning Outside the Studio System

Tyler DiNapoli from Bleecker Street, a NYC-based film distributor, will offer insights into how the independent film landscape has evolved and the complexities of today’s entertainment space.

The industry continues to evolve and Bleecker Street is in many ways at the forefront of embracing and adopting innovative ways of storytelling through cinema. Specifically this discussion will cover a few of the studio’s recent and upcoming releases, such as Lost City of Z and Logan Lucky, and how they are redefining the art of filmmaking as it transitions to formats, placements and audiences.

Bleecker Street is dedicated to bringing smart and inviting stories to discerning audiences with award-winning and critically acclaimed films such as Beasts of No Nation, Trumbo, and Captain Fantastic. 

Einstein’s Intuition: Visualizing Nature in Eleven Dimensions

A whole new way of thinking is needed as artists and directors wrap their minds around the problems endemic in using new augmented and virtual reality technology for story-telling and artistic expression.  Maybe Einstein can help!

Join Thad Roberts, the author of Einstein’s Intuition: Visualizing Nature in Eleven Dimensions, for an interactive presentation about the questions that have inspired the greatest revolutions in scientific thought and an exploration of the phenomena in modern physics that cry out for further revolutions in our understanding.

Then sail to a new isle of thought as we explore a model attracting modern interest (pilot wave theory), which offers a deterministic interpretation of quantum mechanics and a return to scientific realism. Discover how treating the vacuum as a superfluid engenders it with a richer (eleven dimensional) geometry, which dynamically (and deterministically) gives rise to quantum mechanical phenomena and recasts our understanding of light, matter, forces, wave-particle duality, quantum tunneling, and state vector reduction.

Thad Robert’s prior book, Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History gives us an idea of the sort of presentation we might hear from this fascinating speaker.

Varun Shetty, VR Lead at the New York Times will interview Thad and lead the discussion about how Einstein’s theories could be used to crack the code for creating compelling VR content, a tech holy grail that even leading VR director Chris Milk from Here be Dragons would agree has been elusive.

Please come, and invite your friends!  We would love to see you for this last event of the season until September.

Aaron Taylor Kuffner: The Gamelatron, Robotic Gong Sculptures

A night of improvised music on robotic gong sculptures with stories of poetic terrorism, Indonesian Ethnomusicology, and the art of framing silence with Aaron Taylor Kuffner, the artist behind the Gamelatron Project.

A Gamelatron is a sound producing kinetic sculpture made from traditional bronze instruments from Indonesia’s gamelan tradition, retrofitted with mechanical mallets on sculptural mounting systems. The pieces are connected to a network that transcribes digital compositions into an array of electrical pulsations that results in a ghostly musical automaton.

Aaron Taylor Kuffner is a conceptual artist, whose pieces often take the form of multi year projects that involve in depth research, collaboration with field experts and development of specialized skill sets.

Each project is uniquely attached to the idea of providing conceptual tools that further the evolution of consciousness through experiences of beauty and the sublime. In doing so he reaches far outside of conventions pushing the role of art to be a form of service to society.

Through his work Kuffner has become a noted composer, sculptor, electronic music producer, machinist, street artist, theater director, instrument builder, and producer of social sculptures and hyperbolic events ranging in scale from intimate finite happenings to the epic and fabled.

Reading: Follow Me into the Dark

Join us for a reading from Follow Me into the Dark with author, blogger, and digital marketing storyteller, Felicia C. Sullivan.
What happens when children are denied love and then left to their own devices? Follow Me into the Dark traces the unraveling of a family marred by perverse intergenerational abuse. Kate is a young baker whose mother is dying of cancer. Gillian is an oversexed, hyper-intellectual who looks like Kate and is sleeping with Kate’s stepfather. Jonah is Gillian’s odd but devoted stepbrother, who increasingly matches the description of the “Doll Collector,” a menacing serial killer. With Kate flailing in her mourning and beating back unwelcome memories, snippets of her family legacy are revealed just as the Doll Collector’s body count grows.
Felicia C. Sullivan is the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed memoir The Sky Isn’t Visible from Here (Algonquin/Harper Perennial) and the founder of the now defunct but highly regarded literary journal Small Spiral Notebook. She maintains the popular lifestyle blog: Born and raised in New York City, she now lives in Los Angeles.

Idgy Dean Live at the National Arts Club

With recent TV appearances, movie synch and brand licensing deals as well asIDGY ACADEMY featured selections to both the Red Bull Music Academy and Adrien Grenier’s Wreckroom Records, Idgy Dean is taking off.  This is a rare opportunity to catch her in a relatively small venue at the National Arts Club.  You will be in for a real show.   Idgy Dean is a fully formed multimedia artist, and she will be projecting her work, as well as performing live.  Check her out on Youtube to get a preview.

A self-described feminist loop artist, mystic and yogini, Idgy Dean infuses her one-woman psychedelic rock with a calming Zen presence that belies the emotional intensity of her DIY beats. Although she released her debut LP Ominous Harminus in 2015, the Brooklynite otherwise known as Lindsay Sanwald has been making music since she was a teenager, inspired to play drums, guitar and bass and write her own songs by the dual presence of Kate Bush and Nine Inch Nails. If those influences sound divergent at first glance, think again – Dean’s music combines a visceral mysticism with a performative grandeur that reflects the dark and the life-giving in equal measure, doling out tribal drum beats and clangorous guitar lines underneath airy vocals during her live shows, which are symphonies of emotion wrought from loop pedals. A magnetic performer, Dean’s ethereal experimental pop has naturally found its way into theater, when she was responsible for the live score of The ETLE Universe, a “queer feminist cyborg time-travel epic thing.

A Holiday Variety Show with Blank Forms and Audio Visual Arts (AVA)

dec-15-art-techA concise evening of immersive multimedia soundscapes and performance. A range of artists will utilize a variety of technologies stemming from the most analog to the most digital. East Village legend Lary 7 will perform a range of homemade instruments often used as foley sound for film. Members of the NY experimental audio group Das Audit will create a short presentation of improvised electronic, horn, and guitar based sonic environments. There will be special guests and jolly holiday vibes throughout.

Blank Forms is a curatorial platform dedicated to the presentation and preservation of time-based performance practices. Audio Visual Arts is an art gallery in the East Village with a particular focus on innovative media and sonic artworks by emerging artists world wide

The Hypnotic Bar

 The Hypnotic Bar is a hilarious demonstration that getting drunk is ultimately all in the mind. Albert Nerenberg, film director, and hypnotist first showed he could get people high and drunk without drugs and alcohol at Idea City, Canada’s TED Conference, in 2014. Since then he has presented the Hypnotic Bar, half ground-breaking presentation and half show, in bars and conferences around North America. It’s been called impossible, incredible, but it really is fascinating, possibly real and a lot of fun.

Albert Nerenberg is an acclaimed director, hypnotist, and one of the world’s top experts on laughter.
Nerenberg directed Laughology, the first feature documentary about laughter for CTV in Canada. He’s the inventor of Laughercize, a laughter exercise technique and founder of the American Laughing Championships. In 2011 he was been named one of the “100 most influential people in Health and Fitness” by
As a Hypnotist he is known for demonstrated that drugs and alcohol are all in the mind.

He is currently working in a feature documentary titled You Are What You Act.

An Evening to Benefit ZanaAfrica Foundation

Please join us for an evening to understand the work that the non-profit ZanaAfrica is doing to educate young girls in Africa on reproductive health and rights. ZanaAfrica helps these girls by distributing supplies and educating them through unique comic books and magazines, saving women from disease and mutilation.

We hope you can join us for wine and conversation with some amazing women on how creativity & ideas can change (and even save lives) — and what we can do to help!
The conversation will be hosted by our friends at MediaCom.
Please RSVP to

Graham Hancock: “The Art of Being an Outsider”

“I’ve always been an ‘outsider’,” says Graham Hancock, “and throughout more than 40 years of  career as a writer, whether my subject was foreign aid, or the possibility of a lost civilization, or the real significance of psychedelics in human culture, I have found myself again and again in opposition to the mainstream.”
In this talk, his fourth at The National Arts Club, Graham for the first time will share the story of his own life journey and the lessons he has learned from it.

Graham Hancock’s past National Arts Club talks have been at capacity — with significant waiting lists.
The Art and Tech Committee will accommodate all members who RSVP by the deadline. Guests will be prioritized by the date of their RSVP.

Members and guests please RSVP by November 15:

On the Antarctic Biennale

We are pleased to introduce one of the most unusual art biennales in history, the Antarctic Biennale, to be held aboard a ship. Alexander Ponomarev, the first Antarctic Biennale’s ideologist and commissioner, bases the project on the principles of inter-cultural dialogue, interdisciplinarity, and supranationalism.
The Antarctic Biennale’s creative core will be formed around a mix of global and up-and-coming artists.
Each expedition member will participate in a variety of events on board the ship: art, science and technology discussions; poetry and philosophy workshops; intellectual club meetings, and more. The research ship will be transformed into a floating creative laboratory, where several continuously renewed exhibitions will be arranged. After the voyage ends, the completed projects will be demonstrated in leading international museums and cultural centers across the globe.
The guest speaker for the evening will be Hani Rashid, a architect and artist with a notable portfolio of futuristic mega-projects around the planet. He explores fragile boundaries between virtual and physical worlds. He is the design partner and co-founder of Asymptote Architecture New York, which, since its inception in 1989, has received numerous awards for visionary building design and completed works, master planning, art installations and digital environments. Asymptote Architecture was awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture. Hani Rashid with partner Lise Anne Couture are currently designing the Hermitage Modern Contemporary Museum in Moscow which will open in the spring of 2018.
Since October 2011, Rashid has been a professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Hani has achieved a distinguished international academic career that includes visiting professorships at numerous universities including the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. As Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, he co-developed the school’s Advanced Digital Design program in 1991 and co-founded the Paperless Design Studios in 1996. Hani Rashid has held the Kenzo Tange Chair for Architecture at Harvard and served on the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Today Hani leads a research department ‘Deep-Futures’ at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna Austria.


Please join us in the Grand Gallery for a presentation and discussion on this revolutionary new art movement.

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, listen, and collaborate across this vast, uncertain, and exciting medium.
Virginia Heffernan is a journalist and critic who writes extensively about the Internet and the intersection of culture and technology. She has served as a staff writer for The New York Times, senior editor at Harper’s,founding editor at Talk, and TV critic for Slate. Her latest book, Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, explores the logic and aesthetics of the online world. It has been named a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick andWIRED’s #1 Summer Must-Read.
Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist and author of five New York Times best-selling books that explore the often-unexpected ways social science and psychology shape our lives. A staff writer for the New Yorker since 1996, Gladwell has received numerous awards for his work, including the American Sociological Association’s Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues. His latest book, David and Goliath, considers how underdogs beat the odds. His newest project, the podcast Revisionist History, reinterprets overlooked events and ideas from the past.