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About Art Nerd New York

Art Nerd New York is a guide to cool, hidden, and unique New York City art and art history.  We cover where artists lived, partied and died, public art works and the stories behind them, private installations for public consumption, historical sites full of secrets, and many things that you’ve never noticed before but stare you in the face daily.  Written with approachability and wit, each entry is not only a good read, but also a well researched insight into the incredible city of New York.

The first city guide, Art Nerd New York started out as a humble tumblr in late 2010, a bonafide website in late 2011, and an official launch party event at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in March 2012.  Art Nerd has been mentioned by PMc MagazineWarholianThe World’s Best EverArrested MotionGallerist NY, Elle Mexico Magazine, Talking Points Memo & Creem Magazine.  In early 2013, Art Nerd became a content partner with Google’s Field Trip location based mobile app, and grew into Art Nerd City Guides with expanded coverage in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. Read More

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Lori Zimmer is a New York-based curator, writer and author of The Art of Cardboard and The Art of Spraypaint by Rockport Publishers. A former Chelsea gallery sales director, she founded Art Nerd New York in 2010, which focuses on art history and contemporary art in New York City and beyond (and is the subject of a third book which is very slowly being worked on….).

Zimmer began curating pop up exhibitions in 2010, and has exhibited in New York, Miami, Nantucket, Bridgehampton, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Hamburg, Germany. Her curatorial eye tends to lean toward historical narratives and story telling. She has constructed a miniature gallery of lover’s eyes, a 18th Century shipping shop of messages in a bottle, and a fictional museum documenting the colonization of Africa and the West Indies. In 2016, she curated July’s Midnight Moment with Times Square Arts. Most recently, she curated her first online exhibition,, a reaction to the current administration with 27 works by 22 artists, including essays and news links pertinent to the myriad of violations and oppressions felt since January 20, 2017.

Zimmer has served on the committees for charitable organizations such as the Lower East Side Girls Club and AMREF Health Africa in the USA, and in 2015 served on the board of ACT/ART, a partnership with Barack Obama’s White House which sought to engage and mobilize the arts community and build broad public awareness around key administration priorities.

Since 2016, Zimmer has worked as an artist liaison for artists’ rights with Kushnirsky Gerber PLLC in Manhattan, where she helps protect artists against copyright infringement. She is currently the public relations assistant for the National Institute of Urban Art in Florida, and is Director of the Logan Hicks Studio in Brooklyn.



The art nerd website was created by Lauren Albrecht, formerly a freelance Marketing Consultant, WordPress designer, social + digital media marketer, arts grants manager, curator and chelsea gallerina.  Her past exhibitions, projects & PR/marketing campaigns have been featured in New York Magazine, Cool Hunting, Artforum, Village Voice, Wired’s Blog, Crain’s BtoB Marketer, Bloomberg News, Seattle Times, City Arts Magazine, Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree, and the Washington Post.  Since 2015, Lauren has been a full-time art consultant at a boutique firm DPA Fine Art Consulting in Malibu, CA and works on a variety of corporate, hospitality and residential art programs from large-scale percent for art permanent public art projects to private/residential art acquisitions and collections management.

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New York Team


John Joseph works as an archives consultant at the Winthrop Group in New York City and has a Masters in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. He lives in Brooklyn and often roams the city for hours in search of the relics of the city’s literary history. In 2010 he co-led a Greenwich Village literary walking tour for a conference on Whitman and the Beats at St. Francis College, and will give impromptu walks if you’re up for it.

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