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‘The Hidden Art Treasures Inside NYC’s Hotel Bars and Lobbies’ Webinar

January 22 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Can’t make it live? Register and get access to the full replay for one week!
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While too many New York City hotels seem to have chosen their art collections from a 1997 Walmart catalog, a handful of them, fortunately, challenge the status quo — so much so that they’ve become a beacon of inspiration and creativity for visitors and New Yorkers alike. Are you ready to embark on a virtual treasure hunt to uncover some of the city’s most impressive hotel art collections?

Join New York Adventure Club as we explore a selection of hotel bars and lobbies throughout New York City that boast incredible museum-quality art collections and site-specific commissions.

Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual journey around NYC will include:

  • A brief history of some of NYC’s most historic hotels known for their art, including The Peninsula Hotel, The Surrey, and the Warwick Hotel
  • A deep dive into the permanent and temporary art on view in both historic and contemporary hotels
  • A discussion around the artists and their pieces, from Gilded Age muralists to Graffiti Age street artists
  • A map view showcasing where to find each art piece discussed

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Sylvia — any and all questions about the featured art pieces are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sylvia

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a freelance Art Historian who works in and around the city in various capacities, specializing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a strong focus on Public Art. She teaches art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been working as a museum educator at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum for over many years, engaging visitors in conversation based, interactive art experiences of permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

For the Municipal Art Society, UFT, Brandeis Univ., and private clients, she has been touring the city for over 20 years, exploring art and architecture, parks, neighborhoods and history. Working in various different capacities gives her a unique opportunity to make intriguing connections and weave together the complex perspectives that make out the tapestry of our fascinating city.

SLM holds a Masters Degree in Art History (with minors in History and American Studies) from the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, as well as a Tourism degree from the EST in Paris France.


“It was fabulous! I will never walk by these hotels without stopping in to look at the artwork! What a treat this lecture was!” -Michele

“I liked Sylvias passion about the artists. Enlightening we have so much art around us at the hotels and bars. Awesome.” -Linda

“Very knowledgeable lecturer. Well worth the $. Will do more with you.” -Nicole

“So knowledgeable It’s fun to find out about more hidden treasures in the city” -Charyle

“Sylvia’s presentation was extremely interesting, very well researched & entertaining.” -Mary

“Such interesting material, descrkptions and analyses.” -Leonard

“I really enjoyed our presenter. I will definitely take more of her webinars & walking tour if I ever get a chance to visit NYC again.” -Ana

“The presenter is very knowledgable and has a wide range of examples to present.” -Elizabeth

“Sylvia is so knowledgable and gives access to seeing art I would never see otherwise.” -Bethene

“The stories and details of the artwork were great. I don’t know much about art in this teaching by Sylvia is always so enlightening” -Sharon

“Learning info I’d never find on my own! So lovely listening to someone who clearly loves the City and all it has to offer.” -Lizanne

“So many hidden away art treasures were revealed!” -Karin

“Lecturer is so knowledgeable and an excellent speaker; she covered so many fabulous spaces.” -Susan

“I liked the expert knowledge of our guide, Sylvia; photographs showing what she was describing, interaction with others in the chat feature, behind the scenes knowledge of NYC hotels” -Maureen

“Many interesting sites with good history and photos” -Melissa

“Packed with information – much of it new to me.” -Mary

“Surprise art in surprise places. Loved going through the city without having to transport ourselves” -Michele

“I liked the variety …….. and the fact that the lobbies and bars were scattered all over the island of Manhattan.” -Judith

“Sylvia was a fabulous lecturer, photos were great” -Suzanne

“The event included historical facts, prominent artists as well as street artists, and architectual features of NYC hotels.” -Susan

“It was well organized and very interesting. I am a fan of exploring NYC hotel lobbies and the whole bar experience.” -Barbara

“I liked the art-informed aspect of the tour. Sylvia is a user-friendly academic and brought her brand of expertise to the tour, that was informative and illuminating without being intimidating.” -Jeannene

“I liked the speaker, content, pace, extra commentary on ambiance of places, etc. Loved it!” -Susan


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