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!
Kick your week off by fighting human trafficking at The Jane, or at a Q&A with an artist who was once convicted of murder. Abby Hertz brings another immersive art experience to the House of YES, and performance art-partiers CHERYL celebrate pastels at Secret Project Robot. Victoria Manganiello shares her woven works for one night only, as do Toronto short film makers with Mono No Aware. Have your voice heard at the Art in Bushwick town meeting, and help the Lower East Side Girls Club at a fabulous fete hosted by Deborah Harry of Blondie.
Beauty for Freedom Cocktail Reception ↑
The Jane, 113 Jane Street
Thursday, March 24, 7:00-10:00pm
Beauty for Freedom has combined fine art and beauty to help support an important cause- fighting human trafficking. Tonight, toast the non-profit to help raise money to support Project India, a series of art, music, photography and writing workshops in Southeast Asia Spring 2016.
Damien Echols- Artists on Art ↑
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street
Friday, March 25, 6:15-7:00pm
The museum’s new show, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Try to Altar Everything, has inspired a series of talks with contemporary artists. Tonight’s is intense- artist Damien Echols was convicted of murder along with two other teenagers, known as the West Memphis Three, at age 18. Echols received a death sentence and spent almost eighteen years on death row until he was released in 2011. Tonight’s talk should be interesting to say the least.
THE VIBE: The Human Experience & Dimond Saints, Gone Gone Beyond, SaQi, Joro Boro and Pendulum People ↑
House of YES, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
Saturday, March 26, 9:00pm
If you missed the immersive Valentine’s experience LUST, now is your chance to make it up to yourself with VIBE. Abby Hertz brings another experiential night, fusing performance, art and food. This time featuring Balkan Beats by the amazing Joro Boro.
Marking Time, Shifting Space: New Work by Victoria Manganiello ↑
Rabbit Hole, 33 Washington Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, March 26, 8:00-10:30pm
For just one night only, join curator Audra Lambert and the beautifully woven paintings of Victoria Manganiello, plus a large scale installation that brings viewers “into” Manganiello’s works.
CHERYL is Risen ↑
Secret Project Robot Art Experiment 389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, March 26, 11:00pm
My favorite performance art/arty party group is back, this time bringing a pastel paradise for you to unleash your inner artist. Get inspired by all the kitsch of Easter, and dance the night away inside CHERYL’s iconic vision.
Pleasure Dome: New Toronto Works ↑
The Center for Performance Research, 361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
Sunday, March 27, 7:30pm
Innovative film organization Mono No Aware presents an evening of short films by Toronto artists, film-makers and curators who are traveling or presenting special interactive programs in-person. The evening will include three programs of shorts, plus a Q&A with the curators Amber Christensen & Jesse Cumming.
Rock Paper Scissors Art Auction hosted by Deborah Harry, Rosario Dawson, Cynthia Rowley and Chloë Sevigny ↑
The Highline Loft, 508 West 26th Street, 6th Floor
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30-9:00pm
The amazing Lower East Side Girls Club has been helping girls ages eight to 23 for the last 18 years. Their new Alphabet City Arts School needs our help, so they are throwing a big bash hosted by an array of celebs. If you can’t make it, you can still support while picking up some great art on their Paddle8 auction.
Arts in Bushwick Town Hall Meeting ↑
Mayday Space 176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn
Wednesday, March 30, 7:00-9:00pm
Bushwick artists, art makers and art curators make your voice heard! The town hall meeting will discuss all things Bushwick arts, including the annual open studios, Bushwick Community Day and other exhibitions. Now is your chance to get involved and bring your vision to the community.
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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