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The Next Best Thing: Photos from The Lost Lectures NY

by Hrag Vartanian on May 1, 2014

A view of the packed house during Friday night's The Lost Lectures NY ( Tod Seelie)

A view of the packed house during last Friday night’s The Lost Lectures NY (© Tod Seelie)

Last Friday’s The Lost Lectures New York was an overwhelming success in our book. Over 750 people attended the one-night underground lecture series that featured scientist Marc Abrahams discussing an opera about an obscure centrifugal birthing device, photographer Barbara Nitke discussing her decades of work documenting the porn industry, performers Flex Is Kings teach us all about the dance style known as flexing, transgender icon extraordinaire Amanda Lepore sharing her life story, anti-blogger Choire Sicha’s dive into the future of the internet, and a live set by Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) focused on synesthesia.

Flex Is King (via sweetgofficial's Instagramfeed)

Flex Is Kings performing (via sweetgofficial‘s Instagram feed)

We want to give a special thanks to The Lost Lectures team; the crew at the Knockdown Center; all the speakers who shared their knowledge and stories; the artists who allowed us to exhibit their work in the massive space; Perrier, which provided everyone with plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the evening; Nuit Blanche New York, for their lighting and production support; and all the wonderful food vendors, including Green Pirate, Kelvin Natural Slush Co, and Bun-Ker Vietnamese.

As an added treat, guests to #LostLecturesNY got to see newly installed work by artist Richard Nonas and a first look at some new sculptures by renowned artist Joel Shapiro, which arrived only days before the event, fresh from his studio.

We will be posting videos from the evening in a few weeks.

User generated photos of the venue, the Knockdown Center, show you the industrial facade. (images via ten1000things' Instagramfeed and ncrfashion's Instagramfeed)

Photos taken by attendees of the venue, the Knockdown Center, show you the industrial setting for the evening’s festivities. (images via ten1000things‘ Instagram feed and ncrfashion‘s Instagram feed)

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Preparations by Bun-Ker Vietnamese and our trough of Perrier before the event begins. (Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

Rico Gatson's "Promise of Light" being projected in the space during preparations for the big night (© Richard

Rico Gatson’s “Promise of Light” projected in the space during preparations for the big night (© The Lost Lectures NY)

Hyperallergic's Hrag Vartanian and The Lost Lecture's Julian S introducing the evening's program (© Richard Davenport)

Hyperallergic’s Hrag Vartanian and The Lost Lectures’ Julian Kosicki-Slawinski introducing the program (© The Lost Lectures NY)

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Marc Abrahams (© Caleb Savage)

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Barbara Nitke (© Caleb Savage)

Filmmaker Deidre Schoo and associate talking about their Flex Is Kings documentary ( Tod Seelie)

Filmmakers Deidre Schoo and Michael Beach Nichols talking about their Flex Is Kings documentary (© Tod Seelie)

Flex Is Kings performing (photo ©Richard Davenport)

Flex Is Kings performing (© The Lost Lectures NY)

Flex Is Kings (© Tod Seelie)

Flex Is Kings (© Tod Seelie)

Flex Is Kings (© Tod Seelie)

Flex Is Kings (© Tod Seelie)

Flex Is Kings (© Tod Seelie)

Flex Is Kings (© Tod Seelie)

Flex Is Kings (© Richard Davenport)

Flex Is Kings (© Richard Davenport)

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Flex Is Kings (© Caleb Savage)

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Saya Woolfalk’s “Chimera” projected during The Lost Lectures New York (Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

One of two new Joel Shapiro sculptures at the Knockdown Center for the event. (© Richard Davenport)

One of two new Joel Shapiro sculptures at the Knockdown Center for the event (© The Lost Lectures NY)

Amanda Lepore sharing her life story (© Tod Seelie)

Amanda Lepore sharing her life story (© Tod Seelie)

Amanda Lepore sharing her life story (© Richard Davenport)

Amanda Lepore dancing (© The Lost Lectures NY)

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Amanda Lepore (© Zefrey Throwell)

Choire Sicha explaining the near-future of the Internet (image ©Richard Davenport)

Choire Sicha explaining the near-future of the Internet (© The Lost Lectures NY)

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Choire Sicha (© Caleb Savage)

Dev Hynes (c Tod Seelie)

Dev Hynes performing (© Tod Seelie)

Dev Hynes (© Tod Seelie)

Dev Hynes (© Tod Seelie)

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A Joel Shapiro sculpture (© Caleb Savage)

The Lost Lectures New York took place at the Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, Queens) on April 25, 7pm.

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