Art Nerd New York’s top event picks for the week – 3/23-3/29

March 23, 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!

See the newest of American art according to curators Christopher Y. Lew and Mia Locks at the Whitney Biennial, then check the original intent of Solomon R. Guggenheim’s collection at the museum bearing his name. Put your arty dancing shoes on for a party at the Knockdown Center, then celebrate fashion at the House of Yes. Get an insider’s look at Daniel Gustina’s designs for Old Hollywood at FIT, and check out Ventiko’s sanctuary at Chinatown Soup. Finally, spend an evening with funny artists at Muchmore, or indulge in your favorite French things at a screening of Coppola’s Marie Antoinette.

Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim ↑
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue
Through September, 2017

Collector Solomon R. Guggenheim and artist Hilla Rebay aligned in 1929 to begin his art collection grounded in non objectivity. This exhibition, curated by Megan Fontanella, examines over 150 works that Guggenheim acquired himself, including Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vasily Kandinsky.

Whitney Biennial ↑
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
Through June 11, 2017

The 87th year of the celebration of American art features 63 artists this year, including a structure covered with rotting, dripping bologna and a VR piece of a guy getting the crap beat out of him.

Tour of “Adrian: Hollywood and Beyond” ↑
Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
Thursday, March 23, 1:00-2:00pm

Curator Daniel Gustina gives an insider’s tour of Wizard of Oz costumer’s Gilbert Adrian’s costumes from Old Hollywood.

Ventiko-Phos Hilaron: From the Masses Rise the Saints ↑
Chinatown Soup, 16 Orchard Street
Friday, March 24, 6:00-8:00pm

Ventiko’s three-part exhibition is an art action of exaltation and togetherness countering the current socio-political landscape, which includes the Chapel, the Reliquary and the Altar.

Not Ready! DJ Nick Schiarizzi, DJ Fitness, Isn’t Ours ↑
Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens
Friday, March 24, 10:00pm-2:00am

Nick Schiarizzi of the art collective CHERYL transforms the Queens art space into a free dance party.

FABULOUS: Fashion Dance Party ↑
House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn
Saturday, March 25, 10:00pm

Design your best life, flaunt your ferocious fashions and absurdist adornments for an evening of extreme extravagance, elegance and high vibe wearable art- and dancing!

Marie Antoinette with pastries & champagne ↑
Videology Bar & Cinema, 308 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
Sunday, March 26, 7:00-9:00pm

Indulge in the decadence that is Sofia Coppola’s visual masterpiece, while sipping on complimentary champagne and pastries from Ladurée.

Zines and Comedy with AJ Wright ↑
Muchmore’s, 2 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn
Sunday, March 26, 9:00pm

Five artists combine two unlikely things, zines and comedy, for a fun evening hosted by Jennifer Vanilla.


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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