Lori Zimmer is a New York-based curator, writer and author of Art Hiding in New York: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Secret Masterpieces, with illustrations by Maria Krasinski, which published to acclaim on September 22, 2020 by Running Press. Zimmer is also the author of The Art of Spray Paint (2017) and The Art of Cardboard (2015) by Rockport Publishers. She is represented by Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.
A former Chelsea gallery sales director, Zimmer founded the popular blog Art Nerd New York (now retired) in 2010, which focused on art history and contemporary art in New York City. Zimmer also began curating pop up exhibitions in 2010, and has exhibited in New York, Miami, Nantucket, Bridgehampton, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Hamburg, Germany. Her curatorial eye tends to lean toward historical narratives and story telling. She has constructed a miniature gallery of lover’s eyes, a 18th Century shipping shop of messages in a bottle, and a fictional museum documenting the colonization of Africa and the West Indies. In 2016, she curated July’s Midnight Moment with Times Square Arts, which broadcast an animation by artist Beau Stanton across the advertising screens in Times Square, every night from Midnight to 12:03am for the entire month.
Zimmer has served on the committees for charitable organizations such as the Lower East Side Girls Club, AMREF Health Africa in the USA and Urban Glass, and in 2015 served on the board of ACT/ART, a partnership with Barack Obama’s White House which sought to engage and mobilize the arts community and build broad public awareness around key administration priorities.
Since 2016, Zimmer has worked as an artist liaison for artists’ rights with Kushnirsky Gerber PLLC in Manhattan, where she helps to protect artists against copyright infringement. She spends her time between New York and Paris.