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!
This week, check out the giant swimming pool that is smack in the middle of Rockefeller Center, or frolic with the two-story bunnies in Battery Park City. Photographer Joe Russo shares pieces from his years of shooting celebs and artists, and the annual AIPAD photographer show takes over the gorgeous Park Avenue Armory. Music novelist Ben Vendetta talks about 90s Brit Pop at Otto’s Shrunken Head, and old school graffiti artist BIO shares new work in the Bronx. And finally, save your pennies to party in style with Swizz Beatz at the Brooklyn Museum.
Elmgreen & Dragset: Van Gogh’s Ear ↑
Rockefeller Center, 45 Rockefeller Plaza
Through June 3rd
The Public Art Fund is bringing the incredible Elmgreen & Dragset (the makers of the incredible Prada Marfa) to the public plaza of Rockefeller Center for spring, in the guise of a giant swimming pool turned on its side. The sculpture is likened to Van Gogh’s infamous cut off ear, and pays tribute to Duchamp’s readymades of the 1910s.
Ben Vendetta Author Talk & Signing ↑
Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E 14th Street
Thursday, April 14, 7:00-9:00pm
The music-fueled novelist discusses his books, the legacy of ‘80s indie rock, and the demise of ‘90s Britpop with “The Big Takeover” publisher Jack Rabid.
AIPAD- The Photography Show ↑
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue
The yearly exhibition brings together fine art photographers and their dealers for an epic show in the historic Park Avenue Armory.
Point & Shoot: Select Photography by Joe Russo ↑
527 Faile Street, Bronx
Friday, April 15, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Photographer Joe Russo shares images and from his vast collection of portraits of actors, artists, musicians and other notables who have touched New York City.
HeART: new works by Wilfredo BIO Feliciano ↑
Wall Works New York, 39 Bruckner Blvd, Bronx
Saturday, April 16, 5:00-8:00pm
Legendary TATS CRU graffiti artist BIO opens a solo exhibition of new works at fellow old-school graffiti artist CRASH’s Bronx gallery.
Intrude – Amanda Parer ↑
Brookfield Place New York, 230 Vesey Street
A fleet of massive inflatable rabbits are descending upon Brookfield Place and the outdoor harbor area for two weeks this month. The traveling public art exhibition is made from hand-sewn nylon, and will include two additional two-story rabbits that were specially commissioned for the site.
The Brooklyn Artists Ball ↑
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30pm
Whether you want to splurge on the fancy dinner or just join the Swizz Beatz-led dance party, this is one of the best gala parties of the season. This year’s dress code is a dangerous WHITE HOT—just make sure you hit only white wine at the open bar.
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.