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!
October’s cozy days are officially upon us, and we’ve got a slew of ways to celebrate. All month long, check out artist Chen Man’s poignant and interactive Nao Nao pieces for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Peninsula Hotel, then head to Times Square for the melting poetry of Tim Etchells each night across the ad screens. Artist Joseph Grazi pens a love letter to Cecil the Lion and asks us to reevaluate the value of life, while the works of Richard Long take over the first floor of the iconic Donald Judd Foundation in Soho. Dan Efram shares stills of films he’s never made, and a group of artists that favor paper talk techniques at Trestle Gallery. Lastly, spend a crisp day in the Hamptons for the 24th annual film festival and Patron Hosts’ Art+Music Lounge, with a show curated by Natalie Kates and a party curated by Art Nerd!
Chen Man- Nao Nao ↑
The Peninsula Hotel, 700 Fifth Avenue
Through October 31
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the legendary hotel is upping its art game by collaborating with Chinese mega star Chen Man to create an impactful campaign in support of breast cancer research. The artist’s Nao Nao photo series is interlaid with two pink circles, which visitors are invited to scratch off using a Nao Nao stick (or backscratcher), which are available at the hotel for $5. The proceeds go directly toward breast cancer research. Stop by to check that out and the beautiful historic architecture of the hotel!
Tim Etchells- Eyes Looking #Midnightmoment ↑
Times Square screens
Every night from 11:57pm – Midnight through October
October’s #MidnightMoment favors the French, as Times Square Arts partners with the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) as part of FIAF’s 2016 Crossing the Line Festival. Etcher’s enigmatic piece features melting poetry, as ice letters literally and gracefully melt from one scene to the next.
Richard Long ↑
The Judd Foundation, 101 Spring Street
Through December 17
When he was alive, Donald Judd used the ground floor of his Soho complex to exhibit artists he admired, and the tradition is being continued by the eponymous foundation. This season, Richard Long will exhibit at the space for the first time, using a terracotta slip to make works on the two east walls that extend the length of the building and measure nearly 60 feet.
Joseph Grazi- Cecil: A Love Story ↑
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street
Thursday, October 6, 6:00-9:00pm
Artist Joseph Grazi examines the majesty and tragedy of the lion as muse, using the hunted-down Cecil the lion as his “target.” In a world where lion statues decorate everything from religious institutions to suburban backyards, Grazi questions if this obsession is any less tasteless than when the actual animal is hunted and killed for fun.
Dan Efram / Public Hanging No. 5- What You Don’t Know Makes You Happy ↑
Dub Art @Dub Pies, 211 Prospect Park West
Friday, October 7, 7:00-9:00pm
Curator, filmmaker and photographer Dan Efram uses still photographs to capture scenes from films that live only in his imagination. His fifth “Public Hanging” exhibition focuses on the absurd with horses, pandas and carnival characters as protagonists.
Hamptons International Film Festival ↑
Various locations, The Hamptons, Long Island
Thursday, October 6 – Sunday, October 10
The cinematic world heads east this weekend for a celebration of new film from around the world. See screenings, hear conversations, dance at parties and network at the event.
Art Nerd New York Night at The Art of the Narrative, curated by Natalie Kates ↑
Monika Olko Gallery 95 Main Street, Sag Harbor
Saturday, October 8, 7:00-10:00pm
Join me and Art Nerd for a night of socializing and music during the Hamptons Film Festival with Patron Hosts. We’ll be admiring the artwork of legendary photographers Bob Gruen and Patrick McMullan, as well as art by Swoon, Jared Flaming and more. The exhibition, The Art of the Narrative, runs October 6-10.
Art Talk: Paper Pushers ↑
Brooklyn Art Space & Trestle, 168 7th Street, Brooklyn
Tuesday, October 11, 6:30pm
Join artists Sarah Bednarek, Hedwig Brouckaert, Joan Grubin, Paul Loughney, Vivane Rombaldi Seppey, Oriane Stender, Lawrence Swan, and Nils Karsten as they talk about their own creativity in the gallery work, using paper, found paper, magazines and the like. Get inspired!
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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