Art Nerd New York’s top event picks for the week – 2/2-2/8
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!
Times Square is abuzz this month with a new film by Alex Da Corte for #Midnightmoment and the unveiling of the annual Valentine’s sculpture—this year’s piece an interactive work that honors the diversity that immigrants have brought to New York. Also this week, head to the National Arts Club for all the gossip Marie Antoinette shared with hairdresser; check out minimalist illustrators at Spoke Art; then stop by Lincoln Center for this year’s New York City Ballet artist collaboration. Untapped Cities is also offering an underground adventure that will take curious straphangers into the depths of the NYC Subway. Finally, treat yourself to the decadence that is The Art of Food at Sotheby’s, an evening of delicious treats inspired by master artworks made by leading chefs!
Blue Moon, Alex Da Corte- February’s #MidnightMoment ↑
Times Square Screens
Wednesday, February 1–Tuesday, February 28, 11:57pm–Midnight
This month’s #MidnightMoment from Times Square Arts is the whimsical release that we all need. Da Corte’s surreal short film features the Moon singing “Blue Moon” by karaoke, clad in bright colors to contrast the gray winter sky.
FashionSpeak Fridays: Marie Antoinette’s Head ↑
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S
Friday, February 3, 7:00-8:30pm
Join in for a fascinating talk about Léonard Autié (Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser and confidant) with Will Bashor, author of Marie Antoinette’s “Head: The Royal Hairdresser, the Queen, and the Revolution” (Lyons Press).
New York City Ballet Art Series presents Santtu Mustonen ↑
Lincoln Center, David H. Koch Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza
Friday, February 3, 8:00pm
Each year the New York City Ballet partners with a world-class artist for an inspired and affordable series of performances. This year, Finnish-born artist Santtu Mustonen shares his colorful, textural work exploring the emotions of suspense, excitement, and distortion.
Untapped Cities Underground Tour of the NYC Subway ↑
City Hall Park
Saturday, February 4, 2:00-4:00pm
Ride into the past and future of New York’s iconic subway system. Stops include the abandoned underside of the “Grand Central” of Lower Manhattan, the secrets of the Santiago Calatrava-designed World Trade Center Transportation Hub, an in-depth look at the art and architecture of the Fulton Center hub, and a peek into the Lowline Lab.
Go Figure – a group show ↑
Spoke Art, 210 Rivington
Saturday, February 4, 6:00-9:00pm
Unified by their personal styles of minimal, design-oriented aesthetics, 16 artists from around the world come together for a group show at this LES locale.
The Art of Food ↑
Sotheby’s New York, 1334 York Avenue
Saturday, February 4, 6:30pm
Food Network host and celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his wife Margaret Zakarian host an evening of art and food with 24 New York chefs. Dishes served will be inspired by modern master artists like Christo, Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Yayoi Kusama, and more.
We Were Strangers Once Too ↑
Duffy Square (at 46th Street & 7th Avenue)
Tuesday, February 7- Saturday, March 5
This year’s winner of the annual Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, The Office for Creative Research, brings a timely sculpture that uses Valentine’s Day as a way to thank the immigrants who have helped shape New York City. Data from the 2015 American Census Survey takes on a sculptural form in 33 metal poles, inscribed and hued to represent the national origins and populations of foreign-born NYC residents. As visitors travel around the sculpture to a designated observation point, their perspective shifts until the individual color blocks of red and pink resolve into an iconic heart.
The Secret World of Tantra ↑
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th Street
Wednesday, February 8, 3:00-4:00pm
There’s more to Tantra than you think! Explore the iconography and symbols in Tantric artwork with docent and expert Tess Sholom. The tour is included with museum admission.
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