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New York attracts world's best minds to its shores: they come here to interact with each other at conferences and seminars, and while they are here they are often invited to give a talk, a lecture, to be a part of a public discussion. We at Club Free Time give you an opportunity to be a part of it: to watch how those best minds in the world work! Don't miss the opportunities that only New York City (NYC) provides!

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53 free talks, lectures, discussions in New York City (NYC)

In New York City, you can talk with and listen to the best minds in the world without spending a dime! Just take a look at free talks, lectures, discussion, seminars, conferences listed on this page below!

Book Discussion |
Discuss the graphic book by by Mark Waid, Chip Zdarsky and Marguerite Bennett.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
12:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Road to Riverdale Vol. 2
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Discuss the book by Margaret Atwood.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
3:00 pm

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Book Discussions, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, The Handmaid’s Tale
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Discuss the book by Chris Cleave.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
5:30 pm

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Book Discussions, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Everyone Brave is Forgiven
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On the 10th anniversary of Norman Finkelstein’s denial of tenure and subsequent blacklisting in academia, he joins his longstanding publisher, Colin Robinson of OR Books, to talk about the politics of pedagogy and publishing. Finkelstein is the author of many books, including The Holocaust Industry and Method and Madness, published by Robinson. Robinson has also worked on books by writers including Julian Assange, Christopher Hitchens and Lewis Lapham.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Jun 27
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Freedom of Expression: A Conversation with Writer Norman Finkelstein
Discussion |
Amyling Lin, founder of Sundays Nail Studio, talks with Juhea Kim about her journey to founding health and wellness lifestyle site PeacefulDumpling.comJuhea will give tips on how to live a sustainable and low-carbon-footprint lifestyle that is simple yet fun.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
6:00 pm

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Discussions, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Inspirational women: health and wellness
Book Discussion |
Author Michael Rubens and special guest Samantha Bee celebrate the release of his first middle-grade book, Emily and the Spellstone. Book discussion will include a conversation about modern parenting, with a focus on technology.Rubens’ whimsical wordplay and delightful prose bring this unpredictable adventure to life. Monsters and magic will inspire readers’ imaginations, while the main character Emily’s more terrestrial troubles like mean girls and annoying little brothers will resonate with anyone who has ever been new or felt out of place in their own family. Michael Rubens is the author of two YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, and one novel for grownups, The Sheriff of Yrnameer. A correspondent and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, he has also been a producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Michael Rubens discusses his book Emily and the Spellstone: hilarious fantasy about growing up and more
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Octavia Butler.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
6:15 pm

Free
Book Discussions, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Kindred
Discussion |
The resurgence of zines—self-published limited-distribution works—is stemming the tide of erasure, disrupting publishing, and offering creative spaces for diverse voices within marginalized communities. Remembering zines like FIRE!!, created in 1926 and “devoted to the young negro artist,” author Steven G. Fullwood will join in conversation with contemporary zine creators Devin N. Morris (3 Dot Zine), Nontsikelelo Mutiti (Nontsi), Kevin Harry (KHzines), and Jermel Moody (maple:koyo) to elaborate on their zine-making practices and impact on publishing and creativity.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jun 27
6:30 pm

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Discussions, June 27, 2017, 06/27/2017, Zines: Elaborate Disruption and Black Creativity
Gallery Talk |
A guided tour through the permanent exhibition. This exhibition presents works of art from throughout Native North, Central, and South America, with more than 700 works on display. The rich exposition of focal objects, including a magnificent Apsáalooke (Crow) warrior’s exploit robe, demonstrates the degree to which Native America was interconnected before European peoples arrived and how cultural exchange has profoundly shaped our shared histories.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jun 28
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, June 28, 2017, 06/28/2017, Gallery Tour: Infinity of Nations
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture provides a wide-ranging look at the connections inside the core group of avant-garde artists in Jazz Age Paris. It .offers a fresh examination of both canonic and overlooked writers and artists and their works, by revealing them in conversation with one another. The author's celebration of the many masterpieces shows how the creative community of postwar Paris supported astounding experiments in content and form that still resonate today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Wed, Jun 28
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, June 28, 2017, 06/28/2017, Charles A. Riley II discusses his book Free as Gods: How the Jazz Age Reinvented Modernism
Gallery Talk |
Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 29
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, June 29, 2017, 06/29/2017, Curator's Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Vladimir Nabokov.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 29
4:30 pm

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Book Discussions, June 29, 2017, 06/29/2017, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight
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Throughout her career as a dancer, choreographer, writer and filmmaker, Yvonne Rainer has been observing and revealing meaning and power in people and events that may otherwise be unnoticed or overlooked.  Person Place Thing with Randy Cohen is an interview podcast and radio show that believes people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves but about something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. This is a live-taping that will discover the passions and observations of Yvonne Rainer.  
   New York City, NY; NYC
Thu, Jun 29
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, June 29, 2017, 06/29/2017, A Live Taping of Person Place Thing
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture tells new stories about how Jane Austen (1775-1817) was made into an international literary icon in the two centuries after her death.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jun 29
6:30 pm

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Slide Lectures, June 29, 2017, 06/29/2017, Devoney Looser discusses her book The Making of Jane Austen
Lecture |
Maestro Francesco Santoro, art history scholar and visual artist, will be giving a lecture series on the life and work of the Manet and his time. Lecture in Italian with simultaneous English translation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 1
2:00 pm

Free
Lectures, July 01, 2017, 07/01/2017, The Great Masters of Art: Manet
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by James Joyce.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 5
3:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 05, 2017, 07/05/2017, Ulysses
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Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer are each household names, and together, their writing careers spanned virtually the entire twentieth century. Their deep affinity transcends their shared celebrity, though. They defined the Yiddish response to modernity by taking a stance against progress and the other developmental ideals that had powered the Haskalah (Jewish Enlightenment). Drawing on the speaker Miriam Udal's award-winning book Never Better!: The Modern Jewish Picaresque, this talk will explain the central role of various deceptions—the swindle in the case of Sholem Aleichem and the seduction in that of Bashevis Singer—in illustrating a rapidly changing world.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 5
6:30 pm

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Talks, July 05, 2017, 07/05/2017, Swindles and Seductions: The Curious Affinity of Sholem Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture explores the perils of un-vetted information, that credentials are still important, and that giving experts their due is democratic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 6
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, July 06, 2017, 07/06/2017, Thomas M. Nichols discusses his book The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Ragnar Jonasson.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 8
11:30 am

Free
Book Discussions, July 08, 2017, 07/08/2017, Snowblind: A Thriller
Gallery Talk |
Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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Sat, Jul 8
1:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, July 08, 2017, 07/08/2017, Curator's Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
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A special presentation by the storyteller of eras past, Vincent Livelli.Ten years ago, at 87, Livelli launched Salsa Livelli, a blog captivating his audience with memories of the nightlife and culture of Greenwich Village and beyond. As a toddler on Sullivan Street, Livelli consumed paint chips that later resulted in brain damage and hearing impairment from lead poisoning. That didn’t stop him from attending multiple universities, mastering various languages, becoming an entertainment director on more than 80 cruise ship voyages around the world, becoming a gran rumbero and an expert of La Musica Cubana; all while suffering from hearing loss. A pivotal aspect of Livelli’s Greenwich Village life was his friendship with Anatole Broyard, New York Times Literary Critic, who he met while attending Brooklyn College. Livelli and Broyard had an instant connection. They opened a bookstore on Cornelia Street and established a center of intellectual life at the San Remo cafe on Bleecker and MacDougal Streets. As a grand voyager, Livelli met, hosted and entertained countless celebrities, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Anais Nin, Orson Welles, Marjorie Merriweather Post, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Sullivan and Carmen Miranda.Vincent Livelli is now 97 and still occupies the very Perry St. apartment he left for months at a time while at sea. His life experiences include equal parts Greenwich Village and life as a global circumnavigator. Livelli is still a valuable source of historical information and enjoys sharing his robust historical perspective.A rare digital presentation is being provided by Henry Medina Jr., private researcher of Latin music and dance, has interviewed and filmed Vincent Livelli for almost 25 years. Mr. Medina has documented the unique life of Livelli as part of his ongoing oral history project. This valuable footage includes Livelli’s close association with Anatole Broyard and the 1946 Cornelia Street Bookstore, cherished memories of the San Remo (1938-1964), a local social club that became their literary salon.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Sat, Jul 8
2:00 pm

Free
Talks, July 08, 2017, 07/08/2017, Vincent Livelli: The Greenwich Village Raconteur
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Jane Corry.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 10
4:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 10, 2017, 07/10/2017, My Husband's Wife
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated talk presents the realities of global warming in the most human of terms―everyday conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 10
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, July 10, 2017, 07/10/2017, Philip Kitcher discusses his book The Seasons Alter: How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by E.M. Forster.
   New York City, NY; NYC
Tue, Jul 11
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 11, 2017, 07/11/2017, A Room with a View
Discussion |
Celebrate the release of Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style by Shantrelle P. Lewis, a companion to her traveling curatorial initiative, The Dandy Lion Project, which examines global black dandyism through photography and film. Lewis will be joined in conversation by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, photographer and Creative Director of The Brooklyn Circus Ouigi Theodore, for an exploration of “oppositional fashion” as a mode of self-expression and a catalyst for resistance to myriad social expectations and political ideas.Today’s black dandies assume none of the privilege associated with dandyism’s European origins, but all the delight and careful consideration of one’s style. The evening will be presented as a seersucker social. Before the program there will be portraits taken of the public. They will also host a light reception and book signing after the conversation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 11
6:30 pm

Free
Discussions, July 11, 2017, 07/11/2017, Adornment as Resistance: The Black Dandy and Street Style
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Paul Kalanithi.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 12
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 12, 2017, 07/12/2017, When Breath Becomes Air
Talk |
A conversation between artist, documentarian, and community activist (and Lower East Side legend) Clayton Patterson and Esopus editor Tod Lippy will center on Patterson’s stunning photographs of the inventive drag performers at New York’s legendary Pyramid Club in the mid-1980s. A selection of these portraits are featured in Esopus 24, which is now on newsstands.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 12
6:00 pm

Free
Talks, July 12, 2017, 07/12/2017, Artist Talk: Clayton Patterson
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture provides an epic, riveting history of New York City on the edge of disaster―and an anatomy of the austerity politics that continue to shape the world today.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 12
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, July 12, 2017, 07/12/2017, Kimberly Phillips-Fein speaks about her new book Fear City
Gallery Talk |
Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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Thu, Jul 13
1:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, July 13, 2017, 07/13/2017, Curator's Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
Talk |
Artist Dianne Smith juxtaposed images of Harlem culled from the collections with photographs she took of the neighborhood over the past 20 years. The result is a beautiful montage that blends video, visual graphics, and motion pictures that tell the story of Harlem's past, present, and future, its landscape, culture, and people. Smith will join curator Souleo in a conversation around this fascinating exhibition, presented in conjunction with Uptown at The Wallach Art Gallery, on Columbia University's  Manhattanville campus. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 13
6:00 pm

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Talks, July 13, 2017, 07/13/2017, Artist Talk: Dianne Smith
Slide Lecture |
The photographer and author returns for another installment of Abandoned America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 13
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, July 13, 2017, 07/13/2017, Matthew Christopher speaks about his new book Abandoned America, The Age of Consequences
Talk |
A talk by Miquela Craytor, Planner, and Vice President, Industrial Policy, New York City Economic Development Corporation
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 13
7:00 pm

Free
Talks, July 13, 2017, 07/13/2017, On Inclusion
Book Discussion |
They are having a book social! They hope you’ll come and share a book you loved reading! What to expect at Open Book Night: 1. Introduce your book with its title, author, publication date and genre (mystery, memoir, play, etc.). One book per person. 2. Tell what it’s about and why you loved it in 2 minutes or less. 3. They want to have fun, so no negative criticism please. 4. Learn about titles of books that you may enjoy and share with your friends. This month's theme is "Liberty and Happiness."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fri, Jul 14
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 14, 2017, 07/14/2017, Open Book Night
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture introduces the audience to the rich natural history of Long Island Sound and its New York and Connecticut coastlines.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Mon, Jul 17
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, July 17, 2017, 07/17/2017, Patrick Lynch discusses his book A Field Guide to Long Island Sound
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Edith Wharton.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tue, Jul 18
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 18, 2017, 07/18/2017, Summer
Gallery Talk |
Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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Thu, Jul 20
1:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, July 20, 2017, 07/20/2017, Gallery Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
Book Discussion |
Monthly book discussions to explore titles you've been meaning to read, or reread, and discuss with other lovers of literature. Participants should read each title before the discussion. This month's title is The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 20
2:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 20, 2017, 07/20/2017, Discuss Great Books in a Great Space
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture looks to other countries to rethink America's complicated tax code and features sensible, efficient tax systems from around the world that the United States could emulate.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 20
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, July 20, 2017, 07/20/2017, T.R. Reid discusses his book A Fine Mess: A Global Quest for a Simpler, Fairer, and More Efficient Tax System
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture features an eye-opening tour of the political tricks that subvert scientific progress.
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Mon, Jul 24
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, July 24, 2017, 07/24/2017, Dave Levitan discusses his book  Not A Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Carlo Rovelli.
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Tue, Jul 25
3:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 25, 2017, 07/25/2017, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
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Discuss the book by Joseph Conrad.
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Tue, Jul 25
6:15 pm

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Book Discussions, July 25, 2017, 07/25/2017, The Secret Agent
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Sarah Vowell
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Wed, Jul 26
6:00 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 26, 2017, 07/26/2017, Lafayette in the Somewhat United States
Slide Lecture |
This illustrated lecture enriches our understanding of why our society became so punitive and offers important lessons to anyone concerned about the future of race and the criminal justice system in America.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Wed, Jul 26
6:30 pm

Free
Slide Lectures, July 26, 2017, 07/26/2017, James Forman Jr. discusses his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
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Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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Thu, Jul 27
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, July 27, 2017, 07/27/2017, Gallery Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
Book Discussion |
Discuss the book by Louise Erdrich.
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Thu, Jul 27
5:30 pm

Free
Book Discussions, July 27, 2017, 07/27/2017, LaRose
Talk |
The author and scientist talks about observation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Jul 27
7:00 pm

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Talks, July 27, 2017, 07/27/2017, Alexandra Horowitz discusses her book On Looking: A Walker's Guide to the Art of Observation
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Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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Thu, Aug 3
1:00 pm

Free
Gallery Talks, August 03, 2017, 08/03/2017, Gallery Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
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Speaker: Vishaan Chakrabarti, Architect, and Founding Principal of PAU--Practice for Architecture and Urbanism.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 3
7:00 pm

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Talks, August 03, 2017, 08/03/2017, Conversations on the City: On Opportunity
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Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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Thu, Aug 10
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, August 10, 2017, 08/10/2017, Gallery Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
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Join a tour of the current exhibitions with Valérie Rousseau, the museum’s curator for self-taught art and art brut. Meet in the museum atrium.
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Thu, Aug 17
1:00 pm

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Gallery Talks, August 17, 2017, 08/17/2017, Gallery Tour: Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible and Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974)
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Speaker: Jorge Otero-Pailos, Artist and architect, and Director of Historic Preservation at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 17
7:00 pm

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Talks, August 17, 2017, 08/17/2017, Conversations on the City: On Transitions
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Speaker: Prerana Reddy, Activist, and Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement at the Queens Museum
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Aug 24
7:00 pm

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Talks, August 24, 2017, 08/24/2017, Conversations on the City: On Engagement
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Speaker: Charlie Todd, Director and comedian, and Founder of Improv Everywhere
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Thu, Sep 7
7:00 pm

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Talks, September 07, 2017, 09/07/2017, Conversations on the City: On Delight
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