Art Nerd New York’s top event picks for the week – 4/13-4/19

April 13, 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!

This week, check out the legacy of the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions at the Drawing Center through a series of nature drawings that date back over a century, then speed into the future and explore androgyny at Prince Street Project Space. Amanda Marie’s Darger-esque pieces open at MARCY Projects, and The Corp shows off an exhibition made over one hellish evening. Art group The Happening is back for an evening to raise money for Planned Parenthood, and you can go goth to support the blog Art F City. Finally, grab a hard hat and explore the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital with Untapped Cities, then dive into a bag of popcorn as the Tribeca Film Festival comes back to town.

Exploratory Works, Open Sessions ↑
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street
Thursday, April 13, 6:00-8:00pm

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, William Beebe, under the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions, took his lab into the jungle to study flora and fauna. His staff’s drawings helped to shape our modern idea of nature, and now they are being celebrated in a massive exhibition opening tonight.

GenderFuck by Eva Mueller ↑
Prince Street Project Space, 127-B Prince Street
Friday, April 14- Sunday, April 16

Eva Mueller examines the nuances of gender fluidity and androgyny in her curated film program.

Mando Marie as curated by Hyland Mather and DK Johnston ↑
The MARCY Project, 275 South 2nd Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, April 15, 6:00-10:00pm

American artist Amanda Marie, also called MANDO, uses stencil, traditional painting, and mixed-media collage to create slightly askew works that harken back to classic childhood storybooks.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital ↑
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
Saturday, 2:00-3:30pm

Go beyond the traditional tourist’s tour of Ellis Island and head for the abandoned hospital for a hard-hat exploration of the grounds. Complementing an eerie scene, you’ll also see artist JR’s famous installation on its walls.

The Happening ↑
Local Project Art Space, 11-27 44th Road, Long Island City
Saturday, April 15, 6:30pm

Support Southern Poverty Law Center and Planned Parenthood while taking in painting, drawing, sculpture, performance, music, and more from over 50 artists in this arty party in Long Island City.

Art F City Goth Benefit ↑
55 Bethune Street
Tuesday, April 18, 6:00-10:00pm

Art F City has been a voice in the contemporary art scene for years. Tonight’s benefit will raise funds for the site while also letting you unleash your inner goth. Get decked out in your vampiric finest for an evening of art auctions, performance, dancing, and of course, artists.

Galerie tANJA gRUNERT, 524 West 19th Street
Tuesday, April 18 – Wednesday, April 26

Laura Duvall and Margaret Velvet (a.k.a. The Corp) present their first two-person exhibition, including 89 printed photographs made from one feral night in their studio. The photographs will be accompanied by two live performances over the course of the exhibition.

Tribeca Film Festival ↑
Various locations
Wednesday, April 19 – Sunday, April 30

The Tribeca Film Festival is here again, with an intense 11 days of programming, film screenings, parties, and panels!


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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