Toilet Paper Paradise by Plamen Pletkov
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!
If you haven’t been to the Cadillac House–the cultural venue by the car company–now is the time to check it out, as two artists take over the space with room-sized installations perfect for Instragramming. Mo Scarpelli’s compelling documentary about journalists in Afghanistan plays at St. Bartholomew’s Church, and Amelie plays at Videology. Get an insider’s tour of the historic New Yorker Hotel, then stay after hours at the gorgeous New York Public Library. The famed Salmagundi Club will stay open all night for a draw-a-thon, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts hosts another great Gala at the Conrad. Finally, Beau Stanton transforms his artwork into a special stop-motion film at Brilliant Champions.
Toilet Paper Paradise ↑
The Gallery at Cadillac House, 330 Hudson Street
Through April 12
Artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari have brought their side project, TOILETPAPER Magazine, to life in the sprawling galleries of Cadillac House. Visitors can dive into the room-sized tableaus; and can touch, play, move, sit, recline, and position themselves right inside the installations- and its free!
Frame by Frame Documentary Screening ↑
St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue
Thursday, February 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Mo Scarpelli’s gorgeous documentary follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape, including intimate interviews and footage captured during the Taliban regime when taking a photo was illegal.
Behind the Scenes Tour of the New Yorker Hotel ↑
New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Avenue at 34th Street
Thursday, February 23, 6:00-8:00pm
Get an insider’s look into the historic and glamorous hotel with the on-site historian. Past tours have included access to the suite Nikola Tesla lived in until his death, as well as the Manhattan Ballroom next door.
Beau Stanton, Megacosm ↑
Brilliant Champions Gallery, 5 Central Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday, February 24, 6:00-9:00pm
My long-time collaborator Beau Stanton’s latest show picks up where our project in Times Square last summer left off–in animation. This time, Stanton collaborated with the gallery itself to transform his iconic works into a stop-motion film paired with sculptural works.
The Library After Hours ↑
NYPL The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Friday, February 24, 6:30-9:00pm
Spend a cozy evening enjoying an architectural icon after dark. Tonight’s happenings include specialty cocktails, Italian snacks, guided curator tours of the Love in Venice exhibition, music and dance lessons, mask-making, and short Venetian films from the library archives.
2017 Salmagundi Draw-A-Thon ↑
Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue
Friday, February 24, 9:00pm-6:00am
Spend an unorthodox night at the historic Salmagundi Club, which has been on Fifth Avenue for a century this year! Cash bar, midnight pizza, costumed and nude models, and access to a monotype press will make for an amazing nine hours of art making.
Amelie + mulled wine ↑
Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg
Saturday, February 25, 6:30-8:30pm
Can you believe Amelie was released 16 years ago? Numb that shock with a complimentary glass of mulled wine, and enjoy the cinematic beauty of Montmartre- and Audrey Tatou.
Bronx Museum Spring Gala and Auction ↑
Conrad New York, 102 North End Avenue
Monday, February 27, 6:30pm
This year’s party, Get Down and AIM High, supports the Bronx Museum’s free programs. Help support the museum, bid on great art works, and honor this year’s winner of the Life Time Achievement award- Grand Master Flash.
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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