Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week – 2/18-2/24

February 18, 2016

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’s less-frigid temperatures mean a great opportunity to head to Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the bottom of Central Park to experience the Public Art Fund’s latest installation before it closes next week. Across the park, the final performance of the New York City Ballet’s collaboration with artist Marcel Dzama is guaranteed not to disappoint (those costumes!). Ground Floor Gallery in Brooklyn is opening a group show inspired by the rare stone lapis, and Charlie Chaplin lights up the theater at the Rubin Museum. Semi-autobiographical film “Candy Apple” will accompany a chance to chat with director Dean Dempsey, and iconic art critic Hal Foster speaks at the Pratt Institue. Finally, as the ultimate example of the Williamsburg rent hike, seminal Williamsburg gallery PIEROGI opens its doors in… Manhattan.

Alicja Kwade: “Against the Run” 
Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, 60th Street & 5th Avenue
Through Monday, February 22

There are only a few more days to experience Kwade’s iconic “Against the Run,” a 19th century-style clock that rethinks and re-appropriates how we experience time. Another great public art installation by the Public Art Fund.

Hal Foster, Sculpture, Space, Tradition, and Time 
Memorial Hall at Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn
Thursday, February 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Enigmatic art critic, writer and Princeton professor of architecture and modernist art Hal Foster speaks tonight about his brilliant views on postmodernism—and, we hope, his latest book “Bad New Days: Art, Criticism, Emergency.”

rubin museum limelight chaplin

Cabaret Theater presents “Limelight” 
The Rubin Museum, 150 West 17th Street
Friday, February 19, 9:30 – 11:59 p.m.

Friday nights at the Rubin are a fun mix of events, DJs and sometimes film screenings. On Friday, catch a total classic in which Charlie Chaplin plays a washed up clown who saves a failed ballet dancer.

Marcel Dzama and the New York City Ballet 
Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza
Friday, February 19, 8:00 p.m.

Tonight is the last performance of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Most Incredible Thing,” which fuses the beauty of the New York City Ballet and the artwork of Marcel Dzama.

LAZULI” curated by Enrico Gomez 
Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street, Brooklyn
Friday, February 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Oftentimes group shows are inspired by movements in art or historical incidents. But for this interesting exhibit at the Ground Floor Gallery, curator Enrico Gomez was inspired by something totally enchanting: the decadence of a rare stone, Lapis Lazuli.

Candy Apple,” Screening at Cinema Village- Part of 2016 Winter Film Awards 
Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street
Friday, February 19, 9:30 p.m.

Dean Dempsey’s “Candy Apple” has been celebrated by both the art world and the fashion sector (it is presented by über-glam Creem Magazine). Tonight, catch the flick then stay to meet the director himself.

Rage for Art (Once Again) 
PIEROGI, 155 Suffolk Street (new location)
Sunday, February 21, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

As if we needed another commentary on the insanity of rising real estate costs in Williamsburg, the seminal gallery PIEROGI, which was initially the anti-Manhattan art gallery, has moved to the Lower East Side after 15 years. Tonight, celebrate their inaugural exhibition in their new Manhattan digs.



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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