Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week – 10/20-10/26

October 20, 2016

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!

You spent the summer posing next to Deborah Kass’s giant OY/YO sculpture, now spend the fall hunting down David Crumley’s DUMBO reflector as it makes its way around iconic landscapes in the neighborhood. Head to Times Square for a chance to walk on the clouds, then jaunt up to the Museum of Art and Design to take in a lecture on innovative ceramicist Peter Voulkos. The Pivot Gallery is opening a three-person show with different takes on sculpture, including a jewelry designer from Givenchy, and LMAK hosts Popel Coumou’s contemplative photographs on silent emptiness. Get on the waiting list to hear Ilana Glazer talk about intuition at the Rubin Museum of Art, and go to the gorgeous New York Public Library for a talk on the legendary Louise Nevelson, the only woman in New York to have a public plaza named after her. Finally, while you’re driving around the state in search of autumnal serenity, stop at Cornell in Ithaca to check out CODA’s incredible recycled chair pavilion that’s snaking around the quad.


The DUMBO Reflector By David Crumley ↑
Brooklyn Bridge Park, John Street and beyond

The new DUMBO logo comes to life, thanks to artist David Crumley. The giant sculptural reflector is currently sitting near John Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park, but will assume various locations over the next few months. Go get a snap next to your favorite iconic skyline view.

AA&P student John Lai '17 works on the CCA Biennial project by CODA, a design practice led by Caroline O'Donnell. Urchin rethinks the common plastic chair whose aggregation forms a space in which the chair itself loses its meaning as an object that affords sitting and becomes instead an architectural surface whose formal and material qualities are allowed to come to the fore.

Urchin Recycled Pavilion by CODA ↑
Cornell University Arts Quad, Ithaca, New York
Through Friday, December 16, 2017

While you’re leaf-peeping in New York State this fall, be sure to stop by Cornell’s amazing design biennial, which features this recycled plastic chair pavilion by Brooklyn/Ithaca design studio CODA. Once the biennial is over, the chairs will be returned to circulation.


Rachel Valdés Camejo, The Beginning of the End ↑
Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets
Through Monday, November, 21

Walk amongst the clouds in Times Square in Camejo’s gorgeous mirrored installation that reflects the craziness of Times Square while putting the serenity of the sky at your feet.


A Taste of Art ↑
The Pivot Gallery, 530 West 25th Street, Suite 407
Thursday, October 20, 6:00-9:00pm

A triple threat of artistic talent, A Taste of Art brings together the sculptural work of Jo Fabbri, the textural paintings of Gareb Shamus, and the jewelry of Jovana Djuric, formerly of Givenchy.


Panel Discussion: Voulkos, Then and Now ↑
The Theater at the Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Thursday, October 20, 7:00pm

Ceramicist Peter Voulkos heavily influenced abstraction in pottery with his work from the early 1950s to 1968. Join moderator Glenn Adamson as he discusses Voulkos’ impact with Nicole Cherubini, James Melchert, Andrew Perchuk, and Arlene Shechet.


Popel Coumou ↑
LMAK Gallery, 298 Grand Street
Friday, October 21, 6:00-8:00pm

Opening tonight at the LMAK complex, Popel Coumou debuts two series of photographs in which she emphasizes the importance of light and pushes the element of her signature abstracted narrative into a new realm: the silent contemplation of emptiness.


Ilana Glazer + David Ludden “On Intuition” ↑
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street
Monday, October 24, 7:00-8:30pm

Broad City’s Ilana Glazer unpacks how intuition is used on stage and on screen with psychologist David Ludden. The event is currently waitlist only, so be sure to get on that list now!


Art Talks: Louise Nevelson ↑
NYPL The New York Public Library, 498 5th Avenue
Wednesday, October 26, 6:00-8:00pm

Author Laurie Wilson discusses the life and work of Louise Nevelson, in celebration of her new book “Louise Nevelson: Light and Shadow”


Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Lori also recently released her first book through Rockport Publishers, The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse. Follow her on Twitter @LoriZimmer.

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