Wednesday, January 20, 2021 6:30pm – 7:45pm Via Zoom
Book Talk: “It’s a Helluva Town: Joan K. Davidson, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the Fight for a Better New York” with Roberta Brandes Gratz and Anthony C. Wood
Thursday, January 14, 2021 6pm via Zoom FREE!
This is the story of Joan K. Davidson and the J.M. Kaplan Fund, New York’s hidden benefactors. Join the New York preservation community to explore this foundation’s legacy as a patron of the arts and artists, defenders of the natural and built environments, and innovators in activist philanthropy. Preservationist and Kaplan Fund alum Anthony C. Wood and writer Roberta Brandes Gratz will delve into the city-changing work of the J.M. Kaplan Fund and Joan K. Davidson, the second-generation leader of the Fund.
Thursday, January 28, 2021 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom $5 for LW! Members
Artist-writer Robert Hudovernik, who spent 5 years researching the famed Hotel des Artistes at One West 67th Street, shares some of the hundreds of archival photos he unearthed for his just-released book Manhattan’s Hotel des Artistes: America’s Paris on West 67th Street and treats us to untold stories of its residents and guests. Marvel at the wonders of the early Des Artistes ballroom extravaganzas, the towering walls of north light of the portrait painters’ studios, the famous tiled pool with LeRoy Neiman murals, and the luxurious rooftop triplex of art collectors Aaron & Nettie Naumburg. See the long-lost mural sketches of beloved Art Student’s League teacher Frank Vincent DuMond, hear accounts of Valentino’s ghost and glorified Ziegfeld girls, and share a table in the iconic café where America’s great painters, sculptors, writers, illustrators, actors, dancers and celebrities congregated.