Philip Ashforth Coppola, has been documenting the art inside the New York City subway system as illustrations since 1978.

There are some great New York City events to attend this week, from celebrating the end of the Lunar New Year in Brooklyn to attending an event featuring Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker. You can check out a talk about the future of affordable public housing or an exclusive event at The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum for a discussion on contemporary architecture.

Monday, February 22

Head over to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for an interactive discussion with Oscar Award-winner actor Forest Whitaker and director Tony Award-winner Michael Grandage. Hughie is the title of their new Broadway play and they will be joined by other members of the cast and creative team to discuss the plot and set design. The event is free.

Tuesday, February 23

The New School will be hosting a unique event titled, The Nation at The New School Beyond the Horserace: Protest, Power and Election 2016Panelists will discuss the current state of the Presidential Primaries and the controversy surrounding many of the candidates from both political parties. Contributors include, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, Joan Walsh, National Affairs Correspondent at The Nation and MSNBC political analyst, Dorian Warren, Professor at Columbia and member of The Nation Editorial Board, and Ari Berman author and contributing writer for The Nation. 

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will be holding an in-depth discussion on contemporary architecture titled, DISEÑOPanelists will include, Diana Agrest of Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects, Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, and Mónica Ponce de León of MPdL Studio’s. These distinguished guests will be discussing the themes of urban development, private and public space, and the environment in the urban setting.

Head over to the Museum of the City of New York for their exclusive discussion, In Riis’ Footsteps: Photographers and Social AdvocacyPanelists will discuss the effect of photojournalism as a powerful tool for social advocates. Panelists include, Wendy Ewald, a photographer and educator, Thomas Holton, a photographer who famously followed the stories of Chinese immigrants to New York, Zun Lee, a photographer and blogger, and Margaret Morton, photographer and Professor at The Cooper Union School of Art. This event will seek to document the lives of the marginalized “other half” in an effort to challenge stereotypes, assert the humanity of their subjects, and inspire change

Wednesday, February 24

Untapped Cities founder Michelle Young will speaking at a fun event with the Greenwich Series, sharing her favorite historical facts from yesteryear. Tickets are $5 at the door, at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.

The New York Transit Museum in collaboration with the National Arts Club is presenting One Track Minda documentary focused on New York City subway art. The film delves deeply into the story of Philip Ashforth Coppola, a man who has been sketching art from New York’s vast subway for nearly 30 years. Head over to the National Arts Club and join Coppola for the 30 minute screening of the film followed by a discussion.

Thursday, February 25

Join the Design Trust for Public Space for a discussion on Affordable Housing and the Public RealmThis detailed discussion will provide analysis of Mayor De Blasio’s future plan for mix-income housing projects and the effect they will have on commerce and architecture. Panelists will include, Eric Wilson, Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Sustainability at NYC Housing Preservation and Development, Susan Chin, Executive Director of Design Trust for Public Space, Fiona Cousins, Engineering Fellow at ARUP, R. Darby Curtis, co-founder of Curtis+Ginsberg Architects, Penny Hardy, founding principal of PS New York, and Hayes and James Slade, founders of Slade Architecture. The goal of the discussion is to express a comprehensive set of guidelines for high-quality ground-floor design in mixed-use affordable housing developments.

Head over to the Brooklyn Historical Society library and explore the many dimensions of the carte de visite, the popular 19th century portrait featured prominently in their Personal Correspondents exhibition. Julie May, Managing Director of Library and Archives will discuss the photograph’s process and popularity throughout its heyday, share rarely seen examples from the collection, and highlight the many studios that participated in its proliferation throughout Brooklyn.

Friday, February 26

Head over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an exclusive performance by conductor and pianist Joshua Rifkin. The event is part of the Met Live Arts Schastey Piano Series and showcases the legendary work of cabinetmaker and interior decorator, George A. Schastey. The event features Joshua Rifkin performing on an 1882 Steinway and Sons piano.

Saturday, February 27

Head over to the Storefront for Art and Architecture for a discussion titled, Closed Worlds: Encounters That Never Happened.The format of this conference invites participants to impersonate a historical figures who have been major contributors to the discourse of closed systems. Figures include Reyner Banham, Buckminster Fuller, Hans Hollein, Neil Armstrong, Jacques Cousteau, and Walt Disney.  The aim of the event and the exhibition is to examine how closed worlds, while deriving from a deeply rooted fantasy of architecture producing nature, are integrated into the very fabric of reality in our contemporary cities and buildings.

Sunday, February 28

Better Chinatown USA will be hosting their Annual Lantern Festival in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Head over with family and friends to celebrate the end of the Lunar New Year Festival. Activities will include cultural performances, martial arts, lion’s dancing and calligraphy.

Also, check out our upcoming Untapped Cities tours including the Woolworth Building, The Remnants of Dutch New Amsterdam and the Secrets of Coney Island.

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