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Stephanie Pereira
New York

Every artist needs a Stephanie in their life. Stephanie Pereira is an accomplished facilitator, helping artists to bring their projects to fruition. She has done remarkable things at Eyebeam, then at Kickstarter as Director of Creator Engagement, and is currently Director of NEW INC at the New Museum,  the first museum led incubator, designed specifically to support creative practitioners.

Stephanie also knows some of New York’s most curious, surprising places to see art.

1. Where do you call home

Bed Stuy- a neighborhood in Brooklyn.

2. Most memorable meal

There have been so many! This is unfair. Truly, many have been in the homes of my friends and fellow NYC’rs. Don’t turn down a home cooked meal in NYC, the people here can really cook and really know how to host.

3. Famous New Yorker living or dead you’d have lunch with

Diane Arbus. I idolized her when I was in art school and studying photography. Her POV on the world, the people she’s met and captured on film, I’d just give so much for a few hours to listen to her speak about it. We’d have to do it with deli sandwiches on a park bench at Washington Square Park while watching the world go by.

Garry Winogrand
Diane Arbus, Love-In, Central Park, New York City from the portfolio Big Shots
1969 (MoMA collection)

4. Ideal Saturday morning

What self respecting New Yorker doesn’t answer this question by saying: coffee-bagel-park-paper? Except for me its a book, I am a fiend for novels. I just finished Infomacracy, a post-cyberpunk political thriller that takes all our current media driven, information overloaded election system woes and plays out what this all will look like 40 years from now. Next up is Circe, a feminist retelling of the Greek goddesses tale.

Reading Recommendation: Circe by Madeline Miller

5. One piece of unmissable art

Here’s a fun secret: If you do the hard-hat tour of Ellis Island, you can see otherwise inaccessible artwork by street artist, JR.

6. An organization changing this city’s art experience

The NYC subway boasts one of the largest and most diverse collections of site-specific public art in the world, with more than 300 works commissioned in its 30 year history, and 100 more currently underway.

Mosaic by Katy Fischer, Bay Ridge Avenue R station, Brooklyn

7. An infallible New York experience for kids

On a rainy day: Natural History Museum.
On a beautiful day: Ride the NYC Ferry in a big circle.

8. Best place to get lost

The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

9. Earliest memory of New York

Buying tickets to the musical Cats with my dad at a TKTS booth on Broadway. It had to be…1984? Let me tell you, the theater district was a very different place back then.

10. Most interesting place you have visited this year

The Judd Foundation maintains Donald Judd’s New York home as a house museum open to the public.

11. Best hotel for an after-work drink

CitizenM has just opened on the Bowery, and has an art filled lobby on the ground floor which is great for a drink, as well as a cozy little rooftop bar with stellar views. If you visit the roof, take the stairs down – the hotel commissioned the storied street artists of 5 Points to create a Museum of Street Art, with one artist’s original artwork featured on each level.

12. I always come back from a trip with...

A pedicure. Truly! Depending on the nature of the trip, what better place to read a guide book, get some work done, or enjoy a cocktail?