Artist Brandon Nastanski Invites You Into His Secret Hideout

Brandon Nastanski’s (2007) Photo: Courtesy of the artist


There’s something about Brandon Nastanski’s speakeasy — a wood walled-off cabin that viewers will enter through a rustic bookcase — that reminds us of the at-first cozy, then-frankly-spooky cabin in which Jeffrey Eugenides's hermaphrodite protagonist realized she was more than just a little girl in Middlesex. Or is that just us? Created from found furniture as part of Nastanski’s MFA graduation work at Parsons, this curious hideaway will be up at PULSE at Pier 40, one of the handful of art fairs, including the Armory Show, opening Thursday and running through the weekend. —Emma Pearse