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!
Fit some arty fun in between your holiday parties this week. Start out with a performance by David Louis Zuckerman at On Stellar Rays Gallery or get your opera on in a sampling of new works at Merkin Concert Hall. Grab an artist-designed host gift for your next party at Life:Curated’s holiday party, then enjoy the festivities yourself as MoMA PS1 transforms their VW dome into a huge snow globe. Pick up some affordable art for yourself and your loved ones while supporting the Standing Rock effort on Saturday, and get political at the #Pussypower group show. Check out Hyon Gyon’s fusion of hard and soft at SHIN Gallery, then ring in the holiday weekend with the stylings of the lovely Anna Copacabanna.
Det Er Smuk -Performance by David Louis Zuckerman ↑
On Stellar Rays, 213 Bowery Street
Thursday, December 15, 7:00pm-8:45pm
Set for piano and voice, Det Er Smuk is staged around a sole column in the room, taking the form of a requiem that speaks to Hutchinson’s “vibratory world of brutal psychic forces alternating between the confined and the limitless.”
Story Binge II ↑
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street
Thursday, December 15, 7:30pm-10:00pm
Get a taste of new opera works all under one roof. Tonight features new stories and music from composers Jason Cady, Roddy Bottum, Lainie Fefferman, Nick Hallett, and Matthew Welch.
LC’s Annual Holiday Party ↑
Life:Curated, 186 Grand Street, Williamsburg
Thursday, December 15, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Aside from music and free drinks, the annual party offers up to 30 percent off wares including artist-designed multiples–perfect to stock up for your holiday wish list.
Night at the Museum ↑
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Friday, December 16, 8:00pm- 12:00am
PS1’s holiday party will kick off by transforming the VW Dome into a giant, immersive snow globe! Sip on spiked hot chocolate, enjoy the museum’s exhibitions, and hob nob with an art all-star host committee.
Standing Rock Benefit Exhibition ↑
Rogue Space Chelsea, 508 West 26th Street
Saturday, December 17, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Show your support for Standing Rock while grabbing a new piece of art for under $200. The exhibition shows 115 artists from across the United States who all generously donated their paintings, drawings, and prints with hope to raise money in support of Standing Rock.
Hyon Gyon ‘She’s A Riot’ ↑
SHIN GALLERY, 322 Grand Street
Tuesday, December 20, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Gyon is known for her fusion of hard and soft–like satin and cement–creating a new balance in her art works. The show will include plethora of mixed media sculptures and enormous paintings for the gallery’s last show of 2016.
David&Schweitzer Contemporary, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, December 21, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Jennifer Samet and Michael David guest curate #PUSSYPOWER, a show of women using explicit, body-based, and politically activist imagery, as well as more abstract interpretations of these themes.
Bingo-a-go-go with Anna Copacabanna ↑
Ethyl’s, 1629 2nd Avenue
Wednesday, December 21, 8:00pm
Songstress and performance artist Anna Copacabanna brings a little old New York to everything she does. This time, she brings a little glamor to a night of old-fashioned Bingo!
Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator, and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Lori is also the author of two books, The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse and The Art of Spray Paint. Follow her on Twitter @ArtNerdNY or Instagram @TheLoriZimmer
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