Art Nerd New York’s top event picks for 2/9-2/15

February 9, 2017

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!

Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day around the corner, and Times Square is proving that Love Trumps Hate with a day of weddings, engagements and of course public art. Brookfield Place is celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year with a site specific installation by Amy Kao, and the New York Transit Museum is celebrating the long-awaited opening of the Second Avenue Subway. The Center for Architecture is highlighting 20 talented African American Architects, and there’s a 6,000-pound ice spectacle to be found in Central Park. More details on these events and a flurry of others ahead.

Next Stop: Second Avenue Subway ↑
New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn
Through September

The long awaited, art-filled Second Avenue Subway has us thrilled is finally here and this new exhibition follows the line’s 100 years of history. Learn how the Second Avenue line fits into New York’s past, with historic maps, objects and numerous images from the Transit Museum’s collections.

SAY IT LOUD:Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA|NOMA ↑
The Center for Architecture, 536 Laguardia Place
Through April 1

Projects by 20 leading African American architects are highlighted in the Center for Architecture’s first exhibition of 2017.

Amy Kao’s Radiance ↑
Shops at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey
Through Sunday, February 26

Honoring Lunar New Year, Brookfield Place commissioned Amy Kao to create a site specific work on the columns in the main atrium that overlooks the Hudson. Floral shapes, landscapes and this year’s rooster are clad in red and made from traditional Chinese paper cuts.

Robert Malmberg LIGHT WAVES as curated by DK Johnston ↑
the Quin, 101 W 57th Street
Thursday February 9, 6:00-9:00pm

This year, DK Johnston turns his curatorial eye onto photography for the sprawling atrium at the Quin. First up is Robert Malmberg’s Ab Ex influenced Neon Landscapes, which manipulates light leaks onto film to create lurid photographs inspired by the color field paintings of Rothko and pop art of Rauschenberg.

Work x Work On Air ↑
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn
Friday, February 10th- Sunday, February 12th

Work x work ON AIR takes over the Wythe Hotel to bring an inspiring weekend of music, art, culture, activism and storytelling with performances, podcasts and intimate conversations. Free to the public with RSVP.

Central Park Ice Festival ↑
Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park at 72nd Street
Saturday, February 11, 3:00-6:00pm

Celebrate the magic of winter! Watch as chainsaw and chisel-weilding artists transform 6,000 pounds of ice into glistening works of art for the Central Park Conservancy.

Rough Textures ↑
Artists & Fleas, 70 N 7th Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, February 11, 6:00-7:00pm

The super creative Artists & Fleas hosts an opening of price-to-sell original art, as well as site-specific performances curated by THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE and champagne!

Love in Times Square ↑
Throughout Times Square
Tuesday, February 14th, all day

Love is the message on V-day in Times Square, with a slew of events happening around the newly unveiled sculpture, “We Were Strangers Once Too.” Bring your sweetie and celebrate with a day of surprise proposals, renewed vows and even witness couples getting married right in Times Square!!!


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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