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!
This week is heavy on the Thursday art events, so put on some comfortable shoes and go big tonight. Start by checking out SOFTlab’s brand new crystalline pavilion in front of the Flatiron building before heading west to Chelsea where Ron English debuts his new quirky evolution nativity set. Hop over to the The International Print Center to see 68 new prints inspired by Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” Then hop south to Castor Gallery for Stacy Leigh’s creepy yet sexy photos of sex dolls, and end the night by nabbing a piece of nightlife history at the Mudd Club Rummage Sale. Kick the weekend off by immersing yourself in the incredible vibrant world of Ebony G. Patterson at the Museum of Art and Design, then have a religious experience at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, which will be transformed into a chapel of your dreams. Wrap up the weekend with a cultural experience celebrating sound art at PS 1 for Sunday Sessions.
“Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez” ↑
Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Now through April 3rd
A glorious and colorful mesh of design and fashion, Patterson’s first solo show features mixed-media installations and jacquard photo tapestries that explore visibility in terms of class, gender, race and the media. They will also inspire with their incredible detail.
2015 Holiday Installation: “Nova” by SOFTlab ↑
Flatiron Public Plaza at 23rd St and 5th Ave
Now through December 31st
The second year of the Van Alen Institute’s Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Design Competition will bring a crystalline structure designed by SOFTlab to the plaza. The installation will serve as an observatory for viewing the surrounding landmarks, as well as the backdrop for free winter programming.
“Commedia: New Prints 2015/Autumn” ↑
International Print Center New York, 508 W 26th Street
Thursday, November 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tomas Vu, artist and artistic director of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies (NY) picks 68 new prints from 60 artists inspired by Dante’s “Divine Comedy.”
Mudd Club Rummage Sale ↑
Django at The Roxy Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas
Thursday, November 19, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Grab a piece of Mudd Club history and help benefit The Bowery Mission. The fest at the former Tribeca Grand gives you a chance to check out their new lower level jazz bar, while mixing with nightlife legends, and also take home a piece from their closets. Special performances by Kate Pierson and Pat Irwin of B-52s and Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Band, as well as open bar and snacks make the ticket way worth while.
Ron English’s “The New Nativity” ↑
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street
Thursday, November 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Ron English updates the holiday nativity scene with, you guessed it, evolution. Preview the new project tonight and pick up a set for your super conservative relatives.
Stacy Leigh- “More Human than Human” ↑
Castor Gallery, 254 Broome Street
Thursday, November 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Stacy Leigh’s awesome intimate photographs examine the relationship between humans and love dolls to make for an eerie series that reveal her human subjects’ overt social anxiety—while also deceiving viewers with impossibly perfect subjects that are really sex toys.
“DEVOTION,” Co-Curated by William Corwin ↑
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, 250 Broome Street
Saturday, November 21, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Inspired by ancient art, the Lower East Side gallery will be transformed into an Orthodox-like chapel including wall paintings, a giant rug, cubbies and a rood screen in a group show with established artists like Roxy Paine and Joyce Pensato, meshed with emerging and newcomer artists.
Sunday Sessions: Florian Hecker & Mark Leckey, “Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera;” US Premier ↑
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Sunday, November 22, 3:00 p.m.
Engage in MoMA PS1’s Sunday special programming. On Sunday, “Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera” brings together two discrete solo works to form a mutant configuration in which Hecker decomposes, modulates, and re-synthesizes the vocal track from Leckey’s 2010 performance piece “GreenScreenRefrigeratorAction” (for which Leckey intoned the inner monologue of a black Samsung fridge) and Hecker’s own “3 Channel Chronics” installation from that same year.
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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