This week on NAC Chat we continue with our 120th Anniversary programming as Steve Kass sits down with Dr. Eugene Weisse. Dr. Weisse was recently honored with a medal of his Dedication to our Historic NAC Clubhouse. They discuss how Dr. Weisse was introduced to the club and what he has done to preserve the Tilden Mansion for generations to come.
This week on NAC Chat, Charlotte sits down with legendary portrait artist Everett Raymond Kinstler to discuss his journey from inking comic books as a teen to painting the portraits of 8 Presidents. Kinstler is also a member of the National Arts Club and has has a studio in the building since the late 1940's where he has painted some of his most famous portraits. He is one of the foremost portrait painters in America and has been honored at The National Arts Club 120th Anniversary Gala for his a Lifetime Achievement in Art and Dedication to the NAC. His subjects include Tony Bennet, Carol Burnet, Katherine Hepburn, Paul Newman, John Wayne, and his portraits of President Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Raegan are the official White House Portraits. His work can be seen at The National Portrait Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, and of course The National Arts Club.
This week on NAC Chat, Charlotte Kent sits down with Robert Yahner, the registrar and unofficial curator of The National Arts Club, to discuss the 120th Anniversary exhibition he recently curated, his work shaping the permanent collection into what it is today, and his introduction to New York City and the club.
This week on NAC Chat, Charlotte Kent sits down with a sculptors couple Babette Bloch and Marc Mellon to discuss their lives together, their art practices, and how the National Arts Club has had an impact on both.
Babette is a pioneer in the use of laser-cut and water jet-cut stainless steel in creating figurative works of art. Her sculptures explore form and the interplay between object and light, reflect their environments, and expand the ways in which stainless steel is used in contemporary art.
Steve Kass sits down with Architectural Historian Francis Marrone to discuss the history of the Gramercy Park area and it's illustrious residents including Edith Wharton and Samuel Tilden, who's house the NAC calls home. Marrone was the 2012 recipient of the Arthur Ross Award of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, and a 2016 recipient of the Landmarks Lion Award of the Historic Districts Council. He teaches at NYU and his essays on architecture have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, City Journal, American Arts Quarterly, the New Criterion, Humanities, and the New York Times.
David Zyla sits down with costume designer Lisa Padovani to discuss her design process, and her career designing costumes for shows like Boardwalk Empire and Gotham, which filmed at The National Arts Club. Lisa is a five time Primetime Emmy Award nominee, and a two time Costume Guild Award Winner. In addition to many film credits, her television credits include Madmen, Boardwalk Empire, Gotham, Dirty Dancing (The ABC Movie), and Sneaky Pete. You can follow Lisa on instagram @lisapadovani on twitter @lisapadovani1 and on her website www.lisapadovanicostumes.com
Charlotte Kent sits down with Matthew 'Levee' Chavez AKA The Subway Therapist to discuss art, activism, and what he is doing to make a big impact on his community through his art. Matthew “Levee” Chavez is the creator of Subway Therapy, an ongoing immersive project in the subway stations of New York City that received the 2017 Brendan Gill Prize and earned Chavez the Demos Transforming America Award. A believer in the therapeutic power of communication, Chavez has worked in the field of education in a variety of different roles, including at a magnet school for students with autism. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
David Zyla sits down with Tanisha C Ford PhD to discuss her book 'Radical Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul', which narrates the powerful intertwining histories of the Black Freedom movement and the rise of the global fashion industry. Liberated Threads won the 2016 Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for best book on civil rights history. She is a co-founder of TEXTURES, a pop-up material culture lab, creating and curating content on fashion and the built environment.
Steve Kass sits down with Greg Young and Tom Meyers, the hosts and producers of the Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast to discuss their favorite architecture and history in NYC. Greg and Tom started the podcast on a whim as a fun project during the summer of 2007. Both had some amateur radio experience in our past (Greg in college in Missouri and Tom in high school in Ohio), and talked for years about producing some sort of fun New York-related radio show. Eleven years later they're having more fun than ever recording monthly episodes that help tell the fascinating story of New York. They have a quarter of a million listeners per month and, in 2016, have also produced a book -- The Bowery Boys: Adventures in Old New York." You can their podcast on iTunes, find them on Instagram @boweryboysnyc, and on Twitter @boweryboys. NAC Chat is the official podcast of The National Arts Club.