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Member Spotlight: Chaz Sargent

One of the most memorable events and something I look forward to each year is the annual summer White Party.

Chaz Sargent began his career in finance marketing and advertising on Wall Street but recently transitioned into arts advising and private sales, a field that he first became interested in about five years ago. The twenty-nine-year-old believes that “it’s much easier to do work when your job is something that you are passionate about” and now splits his time working between New York, London, and Paris. Luckily for the New Museum, Chaz had a free moment in his busy schedule to sit down and share his favorite Membership perks and how he would spend twenty-four hours in three of the world’s major art capitals!

When did you join the New Museum?

January 2015. One of my New Year’s resolutions was to become more involved with the Museum.

How did you first become involved?

When I moved to New York in the fall of 2009, the New Museum was one of the first museums I remember visiting. The exhibition “Urs Fischer: Marguerite de Ponty” was open at the time and it was quite enjoyable. I have visited the Museum many times since and attend its events regularly.

What are your favorite Member perks?

The exclusive parties and programs for Members are always a great time. One of the most memorable events and something I look forward to each year is the annual summer White Party. The people in attendance are always some of NYC’s most branchés [hip and cultured]. It’s hard not to meet someone interesting there.

What’s your favorite restaurant, bar, or shop on the Lower East Side?

Dirty French is one of my new favorite LES restaurants. I also like to take Sunday brunch at Freeman’s.

Who are your favorite contemporary artists?

My top three are Gerhard Richter, Tracey Emin, and Takashi Murakami. When I was in Tokyo recently, Mr. Murakami was kind enough to offer me some recommendations. He is a nice guy and a brilliant artist.

If you only had twenty-four hours in London, how would you spend your time?

London is one of my favorite cities. I would likely split my time between the Royal Academy of Arts, the Tate, and shopping on Bond Street. In the evening, I would have dinner at Chiltern Firehouse and a nightcap at Harry’s Bar or Tramp, depending on my mood. Before leaving London, I would have to visit Prestat Chocolates—I’m obsessed with their truffles.

If you only had twenty-four hours in Paris, how would you spend your time?

Sometimes I still think of Paris as my home. I have a lot of friends and colleagues in Paris so I’d probably spend most of the time running around and catching up with them without a set itinerary. Although if I had time for myself I’d probably go for a jog around Tuileries, have lunch at Plaza Athénée, visit the recently re-opened Picasso Museum as well as L’Orangerie to see my favorite Monets (Les Nymphéas), and indulge in the nostalgia of my old neighborhood and university in the 7th Arrondissement. In the evening, I’d have dinner at Hôtel Costes followed by a fun night out at Raspoutine.

If you only had twenty-four hours in New York, how would you spend your time?

I would have brunch at Bubby’s Tribeca, then visit the New Museum, of course. I’d check out the shops in SoHo, walk the High Line (weather permitting), have dinner at Mr. Chow Tribeca, and end the evening at Rose Bar or Electric Room.

What exhibitions are you most looking forward to in New York this spring?

The 2015 Triennial at the New Museum, of course! Also, Brent Wadden at Mitchell-Innes & Nash.

Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I speak French fluently. I studied the French language at the American University of Paris from 2006 to 2007.

Member Event Photos

2015-05-13: Members Event: Studio Visit with Laurie Simmons

This week, New Museum Members enjoyed a lively conversation with artist Laurie Simmons and New Museum Associate Curator Margot Norton and viewed a selection of Simmons’ work at her Brooklyn studio and home. Since the mid-1970s, Simmons has staged scenes for her camera with dolls, ventriloquist dummies, and people to create photographs that address underlying issues of representation. Thank you, Laurie!

If you are interested in attending studio visits with the New Museum, we welcome you to join as a Member at the Deluxe or Premium levels or as a Contemporary Council Member: http://bit.ly/1cUwOpa

2014-05-09: Opening Reception for Spring 2014 Exhibitions

2014-06-26: 2014 Annual Summer White Party

2015-01-21: Members Event: Mast Brothers Chocolate

Last week, our members enjoyed a private visit to the Mast Brothers Chocolate flagship store in Williamsburg. The Mast Brothers discussed their artisanal chocolate, their inspiration, and their professional evolution from food vendors at weekend markets to co-owners of a global brand. Learn more about our members events here: http://bit.ly/1utnwrS

2015-03-12: Members Event: Studio Visit with Fred Tomaselli

Last night, members enjoyed a private visit to the studio of artist Fred Tomaselli. Tomaselli explores reality dislocation and the broken dreams of utopianism in colorful, complex works that incorporate painting, photo collage, newsprint, and unorthodox materials. Tomaselli lives and works in Brooklyn and is represented by James Cohan Gallery in New York and White Cube Gallery in London.

2015-03-26: 2015 Triennial Members Party Presented by Denim & Supply RL

On March 25, members raised a glass to the 2015 Triennial artists with a performance by @[165872783507506:274:Us The Duo] and a private viewing of “Surround Audience.” Learn more about our membership program here: http://bit.ly/1163TIn

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