Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week – 4/21-4/24

April 21, 2016

Image via Chinatown Soup

Image via Chinatown Soup

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 latest hotel to get turned onto art when London’s Pure Evil starts his residency at The Quin, or discover tomorrow’s art star at Hunter’s MFA exhibition. Julia Biasi brings her energetic paintings to Brilliant Champions, Chinatown Soup opens up for a panel discussion, and Jasmin Charles starts a residency at Catinca Tabacaru (with a lot of performances and programming). Go big and take the train to Hudson for 24-Drone, an immersive sound experience, or dedicate your Saturday night to the Guggenheim, where Matthew Barney, Fischerspooner and Elmgreen & Dragset will join others to discuss pairings. Round it out with a chance to learn pottery throwing (while drinking) for a good cause.

Pure Evil- Artist Residency
The Quin Hotel, 101 West 57th Street
Through May 31

British artist Pure Evil, aka Charles Uzzell Edwards, heads stateside to take over the lobby of the beautiful Quin Hotel on 57th. Pop in any time to enjoy his signature screen prints and original canvases.


Panel Discussion: Alexandra Darby, He&hu; Miriam Simun “How Much?” curated by Alexandra Darby 
Chinatown Soup, 16 Orchard Street
Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Check out the underground art space Chinatown Soup tonight if you haven’t before, whilst also taking in a panel discussion on their latest exhibition, curated by Alexandra Darby.


Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition Spring 2016, Pt I 
Hunter MFASO, 205 Hudson Street
Thursday, April 21, 6:00-8:00pm

Devout collectors scavenge the graduating MFA exhibitions, in search of the art world’s next art stars. Now is your chance to peep all that is happening before it happens, in Hunter’s first round of MFA graduates.


THE ALTERING EYE, a collection of new paintings by Julia Biasi 
Brilliant Champions, 5 Central Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday, April 22, 6:00-9:00pm

Psychedelic and scientific, Julia Biasi’s new body of work are a colorful representation of spiritual energy. Enigmatic and bold, her paintings are invigorating- and a lot of fun to gaze at.

Pure Evil, The Quin Hotel, Hunter MFA, Julia Biasi, Brilliant Champions, Basilica Hudson, 24-Hour Drone, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Choplet Ceramic Studio, Catinca Tabacaru, Jasmin Charles, Chinatown Soup, Alexandra Darby, Miriam Simun, Peter Fischli, David Weiss, guggenheim, Matthew Barney, fischerspooner, Elmgreen & Dragset

It Takes Two, Peter Fischli David Weiss Events 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue
Saturday, April 23, 9:00pm-4:00am

A truly unique event at the Guggenheim, the museum invites guests for a durational, multidisciplinary program that brings speakers and performers to discuss and explore what happens when creating pairs. Some of tonight’s guests include Matthew Barney, Simon Critchley, Elmgreen & Dragset and Fischerspooner. Advance tickets are sold out, but tickets will be released all night.


Sip & Spin Workshop- Fundraiser Benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
Choplet Ceramic Studio, 238 Grand Street, Brooklyn
Saturday, April 23,7:30-9:30pm

What could be better than drinking wine while running your hands through some wet clay- Ghost-style? All of this, plus helping out a great cause. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.


24-HOUR DRONE: Experiments in Sound and Music 
Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front Street, Hudson, New York
Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24

Hop on the train up north for the weekend, to an all-encompassing experience with musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone.


Charly & Chill, performance with Soft glas 
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, 250 Broome Street
Sunday, April 24, 7:00-9:00pm

Artist Jasmin Charles is celebrating a unique residence on the LES that is full of great programming and performances along with her paintings. Tonight enjoy a free performance with Soft Glas to ease into your Monday.


LORI ZIMMER, ART NERD NYLori 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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