Our curated events picks for this week: LES Then & Now at the Tenement Museum, Prohibition NYC, Parisians vs. New Yorkers: an Interactive Illustration Session.
MONDAY, APRIL 15: To mark the release of his new book, Classic Hikes of North America, author Peter Potterfield will share his favorite treks and adventures from around the planet in words and images. Join Explorers Club members for Potterfield’s riveting digital presentation featuring routes such as the Shackleton Crossing on South Georgia Island, the remote Long Range Traverse in Newfoundland, his 100-mile journey across the Swedish Arctic, and his Alaska odyssey across the tundra to McGonagall Pass, among many others. 6pm reception, 7pm lecture at the Explorers Club, 46 East 70th Street. FREE for members / $5 for student members / $20 general public.
TUESDAY, APRIL 16: Lower East Side: Then & Now at the Tenement Museum. The LES is one of America’s oldest and most historically significant neighborhoods. Though gentrification displaced many multigenerational immigrant families and businesses, the district retains unique character. Kevin Baker leads author David Bellel and historian and Lower East Side advocate Joyce Mendelsohn in conversation about Eric Ferrara and David Bellel’s new book Lower East Side: Then and Now. The event includes a curated series of photographs documenting the neighborhood throughout its history. 6pm at the Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street. FREE.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17: Museum Director Carol Willis will give a gallery tour of the Woolworth @ 100 exhibit at the Skyscraper Museum. A masterpiece of early 20th-century art and technology, the Woolworth Building celebrates its centennial year in the process of conversion, with office space remaining below and luxury residences planned for the upper tower. Still radiant on the lower Manhattan skyline, the landmark heralds both the past and future of New York. 3pm at the Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place. $5 general admission / $2.50 students.
A small group gathered inside David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. Butter and Egg Road, a new traveling dining club, had organized a taste of Chelsea “on canvas and on plate”. Outside, the snow was piled up from Nemo, which prevented many people from coming, but inside the gallery it was warm, and Ivy Ackerman, Butter and Egg Road founder, and Julia Blanter, communications director, greeted us with brownies. We were joined by Mollie White, gallery manager for David Zwirner’s new location on 20th Street, which opens on Thursday.
Mollie told us the story of David Zwirner Gallery, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The little gallery that Zwirner started in Soho in 1993 has become one of the New York art scene’s major players, right up there with Gagosian. In October 2012, Zwirner opened a gallery in London and this Thursday he’ll open the new 20th street branch, which will become the first commercial art gallery to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The opening party is bound to be a fabulous event, as the new location opens with an exhibition of works by Dan Flavin and Donald Judd.