Young Members


Chair: Vaughn Massey


The Young Members Committee of The National Arts Club was established in order to expand the club's membership to young artists and patrons of the arts. To that end, the Young Members Committee aims to recruit junior membership and to host events which will attract interest in the club. Previous events include the launch of Naked Ping Pong and the NAC Medal of Honor award to artist Matthew Barney.

We are a dynamic group of young individuals whose backgrounds transcend a broad spectrum of fields, united through a common passion for the arts. If you would like to become involved in the Young Members Committee, please contact us at


Roundtable / Young Members
George Grosz, Cultural Enemy Number One of the Nazis: A Legacy in Art and Law
Wednesday, April 30, 8:00 PM      

George Grosz was tried twice in Germany for his art, once for blasphemy (for his work “Shut Your Mouth and Keep On Serving”) and once for slandering the Prussian military (for his work “Fit for Active Service”). Declared Cultural Enemy Number One by the Nazis, Grosz was physically attacked, and escaped Germany in January 1933, just before Adolf Hitler burned the Reichstag and seized power. Prior to his escape, many of Grosz’s satirical works were banned, ordered to be destroyed, or both. From 1933 to the early 1950s, Grosz taught painting in New York City, primarily at the Art Students League. Grosz rejected abstract expressionism, making him a cultural enemy of the Museum of Modern Art.
   Decades later, from 2003 to 2011, litigation reaching the U.S. Supreme Court mapped out the tortured cultural legacy he left behind, and shook the underpinnings of the MoMA. Although Grosz, who fought for Germany in World War I, was originally associated with Dadaism, his artwork is now commonly referred to as part of the New Objectivity movement, a post-war movement in which veterans of World War I communicated the horror, destruction, and trauma of war.
   Art attorneys Ray Dowd, David Rowland, and Pati Hertling will engage in a discussion about Grosz and his legacy in law and art. NAC Governor Sam Madden will moderate; a Q&A session will follow the discussion.