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!
Childhood memories of show and tell are revisited this week at the Roger Smith Hotel’s adult rendition that, of course, involves booze from their in-house bar. Times Square’s Midnight Moment is all new for April, with JUNGLE-IZED, an Amazon takeover of the advertising screens. Artist Jan Tichy talks about his time-based projections at Fridman Gallery, and Todd Lim explores works inspired by Søren Kierkegaard at Booth Gallery. The Queens Museum of Art celebrates a closing reception Saturday afternoon, while MoMA PS1 opens their doors for Spring, including a performance by Cao Fei and Chinatown rap group Notorious MSG. MTV’s Liquid Television star animator Bill Plympton enlivens South Street Seaport, and four artists poke at nature versus nurture at the Royal Society of American Art.
Show and Tell (No.7) ↑
The Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue
Thursday, March 31, 7:00pm
The arty, family-owned Roger Smith Hotel has been staging creative events in visual arts, performance, and the written word for the past 20 or so years. Tonight, the hotel welcomes guests to experience an adult show and tell, where carefully curated storytellers are invited to present an object that has an extraordinary personal story attached to it. This rendition includes Cynthia Rice Hanson, Giles Hanson, Andy Mills, Danny Eaton and Ryan Oakes.
JUNGLE-IZED: A Conversation with Nature, April’s #MidnightMoment ↑
Times Square advertising screens
Every night in April from 11:57-Midnight
This month’s #MidnightMoment presented by the ever-awesome Times Square Arts celebrates Earth Month! JUNGLE-IZED, directed by Stephan Crasneanscki of Soundwalk Collective, transforms Times Square for three minutes every evening into an immersive Amazon jungle experience, bringing the biodiversity of animals, plants and sounds to one of the city’s busiest intersections. Visitors can also use their phones for a different experience- by enabling a negative viewing function on any iOS device, it inverts the colors to reveal a “positive” version of the film.
Closing Reception for “welcome to what we took from is the state” ↑
Queens Museum of Art (New York City Building), Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Saturday, April 2, 2:00-4:00pm
Catch the last day of this innovative exhibition curated by Sadia Shirazi in conjunction with the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. The closing jam will include an artist panel with participating artists, including Sue Jeong Ka, Anushya Badrinath, Umber Majeed, and Ayesha Kamal Khan.
Bill Plympton:Master Class Presentation ↑
South Street Seaport, Out to See, 192 Front Street
Saturday, April 2, 5:00-7:00pm
The South Street Seaport’s Out to See festival brings the arts and culture to the once touristy destination. Animation Nights New York presents an evening with the animation/Liquid Television genius Bill Plympton. The night is totally free with an Eventbrite reservation!
O Nature! My Nurture! ↑
Royal Society of American Art – RSOAA 400 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, April 2, 7:00pm
Four artists, Loretta Mae, Lauren Gidwitz, Marissa Soroudi and Jenny Williams, explore the (fragile) connection between ourselves and the environment, expanding on the age old nature vs. nurture discussion.
Either/Or – a solo of works by Todd Lim ↑
Booth Gallery, 325 West 38th Street, New York
Saturday, April 2, 6:00pm
Inspired by philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, Lim’s Either/Or explores two facets- the aesthetic life and an ethical life- but also other dichotomies, like nostalgia and relief.
Artist Jan Tichy in conversation with Lily Wei ↑
Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street
Saturday, April 2, 7:00pm
Czech artist Jan Tichy will be in house tonight to discuss his latest exhibition with the gallery, Long Lines. The minimalist illuminated signature works use video projection as a source of time-based light to explore space- his latest is a site-specific time-based projection.
Cao Fei and The Notorious MSG-STRAIGHT OUT OF TIMES ↑
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Sunday, April 3, 4:00pm
MoMA PS1 is hosting a spring open house today, inviting art lovers to spend the day perusing the museum, eating at M. Wells Dinette, and checking out a performance by featured artist Cao Fei. Starting at 4:00, Fei will join Chinatown rap group the Notorious MSG for a special performance.
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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