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!
Combine your love of shopping with art this week and check out Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos’ neon installation in the window of Bloomingdale’s. Gallery nine5 shares the mystical work of Tatyana Murray, while Orgy Park’s Moon and Serpent show brings together three artists pensing on letting the mind wander, and Mira Schor discusses the Feminist artist at Lyle and King. Andrew Thiele takes over One Art Space for an action-packed pop up, while Quiet Lunch’s Akeem K. Duncan guest curates at Brooklyn’s Brilliant Champions. Learn a thing or two at the US National Committee for UN Women’s symposium, then feed your soul with Brian Newman’s Old New York at The Django.
Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos- Emotional Supplies ↑
Bloomingdale’s, 59th Street Window at Lexington Avenue
Through March 27
Bloomingdale’s is carrying the historic tradition of combining fine art and window dressing with Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos’ illuminating neon installation. In a partnership with gallery nine5, the fashion-cum-exhibition continues Kosmatopoulos’ exploration and fascination with our obsession with staying connected through technology.
The Moon and Serpent ↑
Orgy Park, 237 Jefferson Street, # 1B, Brooklyn
Friday, March 18, 6:00-9:00pm
Admittedly, this event is intriguing because it’s put on by a place called Orgy Park, but it actually sounds like a pretty interesting show with works by Ashley Garrett, Emily Davidson and Mike Olin, each of whom explore the magic of allowing one’s mind to drift…
Mira Schor – Death Is A Conceptual Artist ↑
Lyles & King, 106 Forsyth Street
Friday, March 18, 6:00-8:00pm
Mira Schor is one of those artists committed to not only her craft, but also her message, her artistic predecessors, and Feminism. Using an art historical lens, Schor examines the idea of Feminism and the female artist, resulting in large-scale drawings for this exhibition that feel at once raw and ghostly (through layered tracing paper). Stop by to feel the power.
Brilliant Champions Gallery, 5 Central Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday, March 18, 7:00-10:00pm
Quiet Lunch‘s Akeem K. Duncan guest curates at the new Brooklyn Gallery in a show highlighting modern society’s incessant vanity. Each artist in the group show examines the existential significance of self portraiture and the role it plays in an artist’s creative process. And selfies.
Brian Newman Live ↑
The Django at the Roxy Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas
Friday, March 18, 10:30pm
Art nerdery is not just visual. Tonight, treat yourself to a little time machine to New York’s past called Brian Newman. Set in the cavernous new jazz hot spot the Django, Newman gives a glimpse of what New York used to be, while warming the room.
Tatyana Murray, Tiers of Light ↑
gallery nine5, 24 Spring Street
Saturday, March 19, 6:00-8:00pm
The ethereal work of Tatyana Murray will center on two bodies of work for Tiers of Light. The Ghost Series and the Industrial Nature may contrast visually, but each uses Murray’s language of mystical light and energy to give gallery goers an other worldy experience, right there in Soho.
CSW Panel – The Perilous Journey of Women Refugees Worldwide ↑
Church Center for the United Nations – CCUN- 777 United Nations Plaza
Tuesday, March 22, 2:30-4:00pm
Reaching outside of the art realm for a moment, this panel was put together by the Metro NY Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. The talk will honor the upcoming 60th Session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and includes an impressive line up including Ugochi Daniels, Joan Timoney, Dorothy Morgos and moderator Reena Ninan from Good Morning America.
Andrew Thiele- Used and Abused ↑
One Art Space, 23 Warren Street
Wednesday, March 23, 7:00-10:00pm
Andrew Thiele’s five-day solo exhibition is packed with special events, from a DJ-powered opening and closing party, to interactive panel discussions and a Saturday of getting your photo taken whilst reacting to Thiele’s work. This is how you truly do a pop up art exhibition–with interactive bits that get viewers involved and excited. Through March 27 only.
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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