Art Nerd New York’s top event picks for the week – 1/5-1/11

January 5, 2017

Happy New Year! New year, new month, new #Midnightmoment film in Times Square. This month Pipilotti Rist flattens and squishes her face each night across the screens in conjunction with her solo show at the New Museum. SF’s Spoke Art also opens a new show curated at Supersonic at their LES outpost, and Japanese artist Ayakamay examines media perception at The Lodge Gallery. But if you’re looking for a throwback or something more low-key, hear from old school graffiti writers at Eric Firestone Gallery, or treat yourself to new and exciting film at the Museum of the Moving Image. Lastly, head to The City Reliquary to catch a screening about Philip Johnson’s iconic World’s Fair pavilion in Flushing Meadow, bring your ideas to The Center for Architecture, and then visit the Brooklyn Museum for free courtesy of Target.

Pipilotti Rist’s Open My Glade (Flatten) ↑
Times Square Screens
Every night through January 31, 11:57pm-Midnight

This month’s #Midnightmoment in Times Square brings the New Museum’s latest exhibition with Pipilotti Rist to the crossroads of New York City. Rist’s “Open my Glade (Flatten)” is a quirky and fun film originally created for the Public Art Fund in 2000, with the artist flattening her face against glass as if to break through the screens and into Times Square. Catch it every night for free.

Panel Discussion: The Writers, 1980: Crash, Henry Chalfant, MARE, REVOLT, SKEME ↑
Eric Firestone Gallery, 4 Great Jones Street
Thursday, January 5, 6:00-8:00pm

To go along with Chalfant’s photography exhibition of iconic graffitied trains from the 1980s, four writers of the era: CRASH, MARE, REVOLT, and SKEME, come together for a discussion about graffiti culture in 1970s and 80s New York. Moderating the panel will be former graffiti artist, author, and historian Jay “J.SON” Edlin.

Architects Assembled: AIA Community Forum ↑
Center for Architecture (AIANY), 536 Laguardia Place
Thursday, January 5, 6:00-8:00pm

The Center for Architecture (AIANY) invites members and architecture enthusiasts to share their voice and views at this town hall-style meeting. Help shape the AIA’s goals for the new year with your genius ideas.

First Look Festival ↑
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Queens
Friday, January 6- Monday, January 16th

The 6th annual festival for innovative new cinema kicks off with an opening night presentation with the New York premiere of “After the Storm,” the latest film from Hirokazu Kore-eda. The 10-day festival will feature films from over 20 countries.

Life of an American Ruin Closing Reception w/Modern Ruin ↑
The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Saturday, January 7, 5:30-10:00pm

Check out the exhibition dedicated to your favorite structure in passing when heading to the airport. “Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion” is the first show dedicated exclusively to the decaying structure from the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair. The party includes a screening of the film “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion.”

Ayakamay “Captive Train_reck” Opening Reception & Performance ↑
The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie Street
Saturday, January 7, 7:00-9:00pm

Japanese artist Ayakamay explores the intersection of commercial marketing with traditional gender and cultural perceptions. Her latest exhibition centers around creating what the artist describes as “an irritating and uncomfortable attraction… to take in something which one doesn’t want to watch, and in doing so opens oneself up to a new world view.” The opening performance casts the artist as a Japanese pop icon, and encourages audience participation.

Target First Saturday: New Year, New Futures ↑
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn
Saturday, January 7, 5:00-11:00pm

Target has been a long-time supporter of the arts, sponsoring nights to get everyone out to museums. This month, their focus highlights female-identified and gender non-conforming artists and change-makers in celebration of “A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum.”

The 6th Annual Supersonic Invitational ↑
Spoke Art, 210 Rivington Street
Saturday, January 7, 6:00-9:00pm

The San Francisco gallery has recently opened a NYC outpost to extend their popular programming which draws lines of fans. This weekend’s group show is curated by Supersonic Art Blog founder Zach Tutor and features a slew of artists like Tim Okamura, Erik Jones, Kit King, So Youn Lee and Adam Lister.


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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