Who Am I ?
An Introduction to LORI ZIMMER
1: Who am I?
I’m Lori Zimmer. For some reason I have one of those last names that makes people I just met want to address me as “Zimmer.” I’m an art nerd, avid traveler, New York lover and fantastic dancer.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m sort of all over the place in the art world, which keeps me happy and creative. I’m a writer, curator, artist-advisor/friend, and art consultant. I write for Inhabitat, Modart, NoNewEnemies, Open Lab and my pet project, Art Nerd New York, which is an off-beat art site guide to the city. There’s some really obscure stuff in there, I really hope to make it a book in the near future.
I’m currently losing sleep over an amazing project I have for Scope New York (March 2-6). I’ve asked 20 artists, such as Tara McPherson, SharkToof, Claw Money and Rostarr, to create pieces on Rebaroque Sound Frames, which will be hung in a wall of sound, and blasting–ok not blasting–playlists by artist and musician friends like Ole Koretsky and Andy Rourke of the Smiths, Duane Park fixture Brian Newman, Elizabeth Sun from Gogol Bordello, DJ DB and more. I will be dancing during the entire fair I’m sure. I’m also working with Safewalls/Cirque du Soleil on an upcoming poster exhibition.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I’m from Buffalo. I just moved to Greenpoint, and I sure love living in Poland! I plan to stay in New York forever, with intermittent months in Europe. The only thing I really want in life is travel, so where I’m going is anywhere that Travelzoo has a deal on.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Pee Wee Herman–a grown-up with playhouse dreams, resilient to controversy. I hope I look that good at 58!
5: What book is your bible?
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (I think I just heard the collective groan), but hey, even though she was whiny, her comments on controlling the masses with mediocrity are pretty on point. Also: Paper Mag, New York Mag, anything written by Jerry Saltz. I’d read a trashy romance novel if he wrote one. Actually, Jerry, are you reading this?
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan, discovering and rediscovering New York, Green Tea Waffles at Paris Sandwich in Chinatown, dresses, art stuff, and the way New York lets you go from black tie to a dive in one night.
I hate slow walkers, people who text on stairs, pants, meat, having bad subway days, and people who take themselves too seriously. Well, I don’t hate them, just am not a fan.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I think I was maybe put on this earth to make people laugh and have a good time, somehow that got segued into the art world.
8: What is your favorite color?
Black like my heart.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I’m not that much of an art nerd, but if I have to pick I’ll say a character by my former roomie Tara McPherson.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
I’m usually at some sort of arty function, but I love dives like St. Jerome, cocktails at Hotel Delmano and dancing at Home Sweet Home.
11: What turns you on?
Humor and suspenders.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Q: Are you serious?
Lori Zimmer has a Masters Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in Art Market: Practices and Principals. After working several years in the art world including experience at Sotheby’s and Chelsea art galleries, Lori decided to pursue all of her creative interests, and call herself the boss. She currently juggles curating exhibitions (including programs at Scope Art Fair in Miami and New York), private art consultation, artist representation and freelance writing for Modart Europe, No New Enemies Network, Open Lab Magazine and her pet project, Art Nerd New York–part travel guide, part art history, created for the art obsessed, featuring art sites in NYC beyond the obvious and ordinary–which she hopes to turn into a book in the coming year.
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Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Jillian Mercado & Marie Havens
Photography by Marie Havens
Design by Marie Havens
Lori Zimmer, Scope International Contemporary Art Fair, NYC, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, Photography by Marie Havens