5:30pm Member Social Hour – Wine and Light Hors D’oeuvres (members only!)
6:30pm Member Meeting – State of Town Hall (members only!)
7:15pm Doors Open to the Public.
7:30pm Adam Gopnik – The Romance of 1980s New York City
Our country’s love affair with the mystique surrounding New York City is honored in art, poetry, history, and song. Long-time writer for The New Yorker Adam Gopnik contributes his own chapter with his new book At The Stranger’s Gate, the story of his journey as an aspiring artist navigating the changing artistic landscape of the City that Never Sleeps. We’ll host Gopnik as he chronicles his growth within New York City and its transformation through the 1980’s up to present day.
Personal and winsome, Gopnik’s story takes us from the Upper East Side to SoHo, the corridors of Condé Nast to the galleries of MoMA, constantly brushing shoulders with famous photographers, writers, artists, and such luminaries as Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons. Join us as Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in the Big Apple. Gopnik will be presenting us with an exclusive performance of his one-man show, a one-time-only preview before its run at the Public Theater in New York City this January. The one-man show is directed by The Moth’s Artistic Director, Catherine Burns.
Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting, and in March of 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Republic.
This event is also the 2nd Annual Member’s meeting. Clink glasses with your fellow members over hors d’oeuvres and conversation, then join Executive Director Wier Harman for a members-only discussion on the State of Town Hall before Adam Gopnik takes the stage for The Romance of 1980s New York City.