The Art Deco Society of New York is a non-profit organization that advocates for the appreciation, understanding, celebration, documentation, and preservation of Art Deco architecture, design, and culture in New York and around the world.
ADSNY is a recognized 501c3 not-for profit, member supported organization and is a member of the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS), an organization of Art Deco societies that hosts the World Congress on Art Deco every two years in an important Deco City around the world.
Board of Directors
President: Roberta Nusim
Vice-President: Anthony W. Robins
Treasurer: Marie Tarmy
Secretary: Aidan T. McManus
Board Members: Mary Beth Betts, Devon Caraher, Stephen H. Van Dyk
Advisory Board Members: Donald Albrecht, Simeon Bankoff, Andrew S. Dolkart, Marilyn F. Friedman, Polly Guerin, Susan Henshaw Jones, Joan Kahr, Audrey Lipton, David Gerrard Lowe, Frank Prial, Kathleen Skolnik
The Art Deco Society of New York (ADSNY) was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1982. ADSNY’s mission was to foster public appreciation and understanding of artistic expression in all aspects of Art Deco. Art Deco was a major force in the cultural history of the United States in the Twentieth Century with New York at its center. ADSNY’s goal was to draw attention to the merits and significance of the dynamic Art Deco architecture, crafts, and decorative arts as well as to implement greater understanding of aesthetic forces of Art Deco through tours, exhibits, publications, and community events. Its intent was to prevent any needless destruction of important architectural examples of the Art Deco period and to help protect and preserve those examples wherever possible.
In its early years, the ADSNY hosted many seminal events, including New York’s first Art Deco weekend in June of 1983.
In September 1985 New York Art Deco Week celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Paris 1925 L’Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes. Programs included walking tours, lectures, symposia, galas, and an exhibition and sale in the Cloud Club, which all contributed to the important revival of the Art Deco movement in the 1980s. New Yorkers were excited to learn about this progressive and fascinating period. In the 1980s and 1990s, ADSNY published a magazine series called The Modernist with informational articles and timely reports on events, Art Deco exhibits and presentations.
In May 2005 ADSNY hosted the 8th World Congress on Art Deco, which brought together more than 250 Art Deco aficionados from around the world to celebrate the wealth of New York’s magnificent Art Deco icons. The program included a lecture series at CUNY Graduate Center, walking tours, Art Deco excursions in and outside Manhattan, receptions, and celebrations at the Western Union Building, Top of the Tower, Lenox Lounge, the Empire State Building, Eugene’s, and a gala in the lobby of the Chrysler Building on the 75th Anniversary of the opening of their wonderful Art Deco doors.
Today ADSNY continues the mission of its founders through a wide variety of important educational, preservation, and celebratory programs for its ever-expanding membership and supporters. Recognizing the need to reach out to new generations, in 2013 ADSNY introduced the Jazz Age Order group for students and young professionals in their 20s and 30s to come together to learn about, celebrate, and protect New York’s great Deco heritage.
In early 2014 ADSNY introduced the New York Art Deco Registry and Map project, the first comprehensive listing of residential, commercial, and municipal buildings in the five boroughs of New York that have Art Deco façades. Sortable by neighborhood, architect, and building function, this is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about Deco treasures throughout the city and has become the foundation of many ADSNY initiatives.
In 2015 ADSNY launched Documenting Deco, a K-12 educational program that opens the eyes of students throughout the city about the unique Art Deco architecture and design they pass by each day and gives them a better understanding of the rich history of their city.
In 2016 ADSNY developed the Telling the Art Deco Stories of Our Neighborhoods program, which partners with local community organizations to teach residents about the architecture, design, and history of their own neighborhoods. That same year, ADSNY launched the Art Deco New York journal, filled with important articles on Art Deco architecture, design, and Jazz Age culture in New York and around the world.
ADSNY has returned to its preservation roots in recent years and played an important role in gaining landmark status for the famed public interior spaces of the Waldorf Astoria hotel. In 2016 ADSNY was awarded the Grassroots Preservation Award by the Historic Districts Council for its efforts to protect the Coney Island Pumping Station.
In 2018 ADSNY launched a travel program to offer custom designed programs for its members to explore Interwar architecture and design of other cities. This is included Paris, Israel, and Chicago.
ADSNY has long been recognized for its vital role in the city and was the 2018 recipient of the Guides Association of New York’s Outstanding Achievement in Support of New York City Cultural Apple Award and has received grants from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts in support of its programing.
As we continue on our Deco path, we proudly adhere to our originally mission to preserve and promote the city’s rich Art Deco heritage and celebrate New York’s leading role in the unique aesthetic of the 1920s and 1930s in fine and decorative arts, fashion, entertainment, and preservation of the city’s architectural masterpieces.
Past Presidents: Dennis Abbe, Michael Love, Larry Zim, David Gibson, William T. Weber, Shirley Gaynes, Kathy Hausman
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