If you're still passing off a framed "Keep Calm And Carry On" poster as wall art, we'd say it's time to make a major decor upgrade. A stunning piece of photography, or even a super-unique painting by an amateur artist, can truly transform your pad. And, for those of us who aren't exactly docent-at-the-Gagosian material, we turn to groups like the Aperture Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting art and photography, for a little bit of knowledge. Aperture is celebrating its 60th anniversary this fall, and they're marking the occasion in a big way. The foundation, which was started by photogs like Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, will be publishing special photo books, relaunching its quarterly magazine, and throwing an all-out bash to round out the festivities. The gala-meets-auction will feature 60 works by 60 leading photographers (think Chuck Close, Sally Mann, and the like), giving you the chance to start your art collection on the right foot. Although these images will no doubt be pricey, we can't think of a better investment for your abode. When: Tuesday, October 23, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway (at 36th Street); 212-244-4300.
Photo: Elliott Erwitt, Grace Kelly, New York City, 1955, Courtesy and ©Elliott Erwitt and Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York