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!
Ease back into real life after a super rainy Art Basel Miami by upping your experiential art intake. Take a journey across the Atlantic Ocean without leaving New York in this month’s #MidnightMoment film taking over the screens in Times Square. Help fight Parkinson’s disease while celebrating the work of two artists whom the disease has affected in an exhibition benefitting the Michael J. Fox Foundation at Waterhouse & Dodd, then head to the Bronx to check out emerging artist Eric Orr’s first solo exhibition. Art on paper gets a new avenue with the introduction of Paper Crown Press, and Joseph Gross has rounded up their favorite artists for a new wintry group show. Kraftwerk is the focus at a night of art and music at the Morbid Anatomy Museum, and Yoko Ono opens one show in two Chelsea galleries on the same night (and claims she’ll attend both openings). Finish off the weekend with a free jazzy brunch celebrating the art of Judy Rifka and Jay Milder.
Antony Nagelmann -“The Odyssey” at #MidnightMoment ↑
11:57 p.m. to Midnight, every night through December 31st
Each night in December, enjoy an infusion of free art in Times Square. This month, Antony Nagelmann’s “Odyssey” brings a sailing journey across the Atlantic right to New York, as waves crash across the Times Square screens.
Michael J. Fox Foundation Benefit Exhibition731 featuring work by Jay Zukerkorn ↑
Waterhouse & Dodd, 960 Madison Avenue
December 10th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Five artists have put forth work to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which furthers Parkinson’s disease research. Highlighted is artist Jay Zukerkorn, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004 and continues to work as a photographer.
Joseph Gross Gallery Winter Group Show Opening Reception ↑
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street
December 10th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Winter is the time for group shows–tonight check new work by Francesco Lo Castro, Sergio Garcia, Ted Lincoln, Kelly Ording, Victor Solomon, Evan Venegas, Rune Christensen, Erik Otto, Ben Venom and Sean Newport!
Yoko Ono, “The Riverbed” ↑
Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 West 24th Street and Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street
December 11th, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Yoko Ono opens an exhibition that spans two galleries tonight, encouraging visitors to experience the rooms she’s created in each gallery. Both spaces will be filled with stones polished by a river and act as the centerpiece for audience participation. Ono will also be present at both openings…catch her if you can.
Eric Orr – “Max-querade” ↑
Wallworks, 39 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx
December 12th, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Emerging artist Eric Orr shares his futuristic reappropriation of audio CD’s and 12-inch vinyl in the traditional art of mask making.
Paper Crown Press Launch Party ↑
Chelsea Wine Vault, 75 9th Avenue
December 12th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Celebrate art on paper with the launch of the new Paper Crown Press, as well as the release of a new issue of Carrier Pigeon. Mix in some wine for total tactile enjoyment.
Kraftwerk Party ↑
Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
December 12th, 8:00 p.m.
If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets to Kraftwerk at MoMA a few years ago, or even if you did, tonight you can celebrate the second best thing. Musician and sound artist Stephen Vesecky celebrates the influential German band in an evening of Kraftwerk-inspired sounds and art installations, followed by an afterparty with a DJ set by Joe Garden.
The Judy Rifka Project & The Jay Milder Catalog Raisonné Kickoff Brunch ↑
Amstel Gallery Redux, The Yard: Space to Work, 106 West 32nd Street
December 13th, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Amstel Gallery celebrates the takeover of a sprawling new space in Herald Square with lox, coffee and jazz. Today, check out the painting history of Judy Rifka and Jay Milder, accompanied by live music by saxophonist Bob Mover.
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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