Art Nerd New York’s top event picks for the week – 2/16-2/22

February 16, 2017

Image: Jason Wyche, Public Art

In a city where hundreds of interesting events occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Ahead Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer shares her top picks for 6sqft readers!

This week, the Red Bull space rechristens itself in style with a massive department store-style installation by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard. Also this week, the Public Art Fund is battling advertisements with a city-wide ad screen takeover by 23 artists, while SVA’s Curatorial MA program hosts a panel about art and commodity. Buff Monster’s ice cream murals delve into the third dimension in a new sculptural pop-up, and William Binnie’s WINTER is coming to LMAK. LES gallery Pierogi welcomes a solo show by Elliott Green, and finally, The Museum of the City of New York celebrates the rich diversity that Muslims have brought to our city for generations in a new exhibit.

Bjarne Melgaard: The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment ↑
Red Bull Arts New York, 220 West 18th Street
Through April 9, Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00–7:00pm

To inaugurate its new moniker, Red Bull Arts New York has gone all out, transforming their space into a massive department store-inspired installation by Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard. A spin on New York Fashion Week, the exhibition will feature a presentation of the eponymous menswear/unisex clothing line, The Casual Pleasure of Disappointment, which violently embraces the obsessive and self-destructive aspects of fashion and consumerism.

Commercial Break ↑
Various locations, Manhattan
Through Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Public Art Fund’s latest exhibition takes on the advertising world in an impressive city-wide exhibition. The work of 23 artists will take over digital ad screens, including a large billboard in Times Square, Barclays Center’s “Oculus,” a 360-degree LED marquee in Prospect Heights, and 19 digital screens at Westfield World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

Brand New: Art and Commodity in New York, 1979 – 1989 ↑
CP Projects Space, 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor
Thursday, February 16, 6:30-8:00pm

SVA’s MA Curatorial Practice program presents a rousing discussion on Louise Lawler’s work, lead by SVA faculty member Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum along with artist Julia Wachtel and researcher Leah Pires.

Melt with Me- A sculptural exhibition with Buff Monster ↑
168 Bowery
Thursday, February 16, 6:00-8:00pm

Join Buff Monster’s “Meltiverse” and experience his foray into large-scale and small sculpture. Make sure to get there early, because the pop-up melts away February 18.

William Binnie, WINTER ↑
LMAK Gallery, 298 Grand Street
Thursday, February 16, 6:00-8:00pm

The LMAK complex has a different show on every floor, but tonight celebrate Binnie’s paintings, paired with light sculptures (love that idea)!

Muslim in New York: Highlights from the Photography Collection ↑
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd Street
Saturday, February 18, 10:00am-6:00pm

The Muslim population has added to New York’s rich diversity for decades. This exhibition celebrates this important part of our culture, with 34 photographs taken from the mid-20th to the early 21st century.

Elliott Green- Human Nature ↑
Pierogi, 155 Suffolk Street
Sunday, February 19, 6:00-8:00pm

Pierogi presents a solo of Green’s paintings, which merge abstraction, emotion, and riffs on traditional landscapes.

Vector Gallery : Middle East Mass (BRAVANA) ↑
Vector Gallery, 199 East Third
Wednesday, February 22, 8:00-11:00pm

Manhattan’s weirdest (and self-proclaimed most satanic) art gallery features a new experience with visual art by Crown Prince of Hell JJ Brine, and an evening of immersive performances for something totally different that leaves me questioning how this gallery pays its rent.


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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