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!
Get lost in Fidan Bagirova’s recycled metal flower fields at The Untitled Space, or release your inhibitions at the hedonistic LUST dinner and performance (at its new location in Bushwick). See the 18-year-old who has been wowing Europe at Avant Garde LES, then raise a glass to the self-proclaimed Crown Prince of Hell, who happens to make shiny Mylar installations. Artist duo Stephen Hall and Rob Plater debut a new series of their collaborative paintings, and story tellers weave tales at Bread and Yoga. The National Arts Club hosts another rendition of The Art Conference out of London, and the Museum of the City of New York opens for an epic 32 hours straight to kick of their Gotham Groove: New York at Its Core exhibition.
Voyage en Fleurs, works by Fidan Bagirova ↑
The Untitled Space, 45 Lispenard Street, Unit 1W
Through November 20
Get lost in the oversized abstract expressionist sculptures of Bagirova this week. Curated by Stacy Engman, the recycled metal flower forms are inspired by societal issues of immigration and explore ideas around the dreams of new life.
Lot 45 Bushwick, 411 Troutman Street, Brooklyn
Thursday, November 17, 7:00pm
Forget your troubles with a cornucopia of food, drink, music and desire at Abby Hertz’s popular dinner party where food is served on naked bodies and eaten with raw abandon. Get tickets for dinner or just the show.
Leon Löwentraut: Träumereien ↑
Avant Garde LES, 319 Grand Street
Friday, November 18, 6:00pm
The art world still has prodigies! Tonight, art world impresario curates the first stateside exhibition of Leon Löwentraut–an 18-year-old German art phenom that has blown Europe away.
Ultra Media Kontrol ↑
Vector Gallery, 199 East 3rd Street
Friday, November 18, 9:00pm
The neon, mylar and prismatic Vector Gallery is back to the East Village after a year hiatus in Los Angeles, bringing their performance heavy installations and work by the gallery’s owner, the Crown Prince of Hell, aka JJ Brine.
Street Wiser with Stephen Hall & Rob Plater ↑
Buddy Warren Gallery, 171 Chrystie Street
Friday, November 18, 7:00-10:00pm
Hall’s painterly backgrounds are intertwined with and Plater’s super hero-esque characters, creating hypnotic and otherworldly paintings.
TMI: My First Time ↑
Bread and Yoga, 5000 Broadway, Suite A
Saturday, November 19, 7:00pm
Support high-risk and HIV-positive adolescents and young adults between the ages of 13 and 24 with an evening of story telling, with presenters giving multiple perspectives on taking the first steps in their individual journeys.
Tac#03 at Accessible Art Fair New York ↑
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
Saturday, November 19, 3:00pm
The final weekend of The Art Conference concludes with an afternoon of art speakers at the gorgeous Gramercy Park mansion.
Gotham Groove New York at Its Core ↑
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Avenue
Saturday, November 19, 10:00am
Celebrate the four centuries of New York City in a crazy 32-hour fun fest, including a silent disco, overnight movies (yes the museum is open all night!), yoga, live music and of course exhibitions.
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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