Art Nerd New York’s top event picks for the week – 5/11-5/17

Posted On Thu, May 11, 2017 By

Posted On Thu, May 11, 2017 By In Art, Art nerd ny, Events, Features

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!

Get outside of the white cube this week and experience an art opening inside of a corporate lobby, or experience an architecture talk inside of an art museum. Celebrate Haiti’s rich culture with the kick off of their film fest, then check out future art stars at FIT’s graduate exhibition. Grace Exhibition Space hosts a five-hour performance art event, and the historic Salmagundi Club on Fifth Avenue opens its doors for the ARC Salon Exhibition. Head to the Bronx for JMR’s latest solo show, or spend the week at the architectural events lead by Van Alen’s Spring Festival.

Christopher Chiappa and Tamar Ettun ↑
Time Equities, Inc. Art-in-Buildings Program, 125 Maiden Lane
Thursday, May 8, 6:00-8:00pm

Infusing lobbies with important art installations, Art-in-Buildings presents two simultaneous openings, including a performance by Tamar Ettun and The Moving Company at 7pm.

Noguchi Talks -Steven Holl Architects, Hon. Jimmy Van Bramer ↑
The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd (At Vernon Blvd), Long Island City
Thursday, May 11, 6:00-8:00pm

This month’s architectural talk centers around award winner Steven Holl, and the exciting design for Long Island City’s new Hunters Point Community Library, and two projects that engage with work by Isamu Noguchi—the expansion of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO) and the upcoming addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Haiti Film Fest Opening Night Fundraiser ↑
Alamo Drafthouse NYC, 445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn
Thursday, May 11, 7:00-10:00pm

Join Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) and Friends for the Haiti Film Fest Opening Night Fundraiser, at the official launch party for the 4th Biennial installment of Haiti Film Fest!

Thoroughly Tested, Fashion Institute of Technology’s BFA Thesis Exhibition ↑
John E. Reeves Great Hall, 200 West 28th Street
Friday, May 12, 6:00-9:00pm

Painter BR163, of my book The Art of Spray Paint, shows alongside his graduating classmates of FIT’s BFA program. Check out the rising stars- and the art world’s future who’s who before they get big.

Van Alen Institute’s Arteries: NYC in Circulation Festival ↑
Various Locations
Friday, May 12 – Thursday, May 18

Join of the cultural events with architectural organization Van Alen Institute this week- take a Lower East Side knish tour, pick up new reads at the Spring Books Soiree, chat about the arts and real estate in Gowanus, and more! Pick up at an event that suits you- from design and policy to activism and visual and performing arts.

Heartbreak Hotel ↑
Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, Brooklyn
Friday, May 12, 7:00-11:55pm

Five hours of extensive experience- with five-hour simultaneous durational pieces with bells, whistles, and fog. Artists include Angeli, Camila Cañeque, David Ian Bellows/Griess , Sigrid Lauren, Whitney Mallett and video installation by Miles Pflanz.

ARC Salon Public Art Opening ↑
Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue
Saturday, May 13, 1:00-3:00pm

Take advantage of a public opening at this historic private club- and check out the 12th Annual International ARC Salon Exhibition before it heads to Barcelona.

JM Rizzi, Steady Hustle ↑
Wall Works New York, 39 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx
Saturday, May 13, 5:00-8:00pm

A new exhibition of the gestural work of Rizzi, aka JMR, which is influenced by Abstract Expressionism, executed with a Neo-Contemporary twist.


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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