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, beginning tonight!
It’s almost Memorial Day, which means your weekend is probably already chock full of picnics, barbecues and outdoor drinking activities. But in case it isn’t, we’ve rounded up some arty- and some Memorial Day-themed activities to keep the long weekend packed full of fun. Cool off with some public art in Brooklyn Bridge Park, be the first to hop over to Governors Island this season, or see Tom Cruise on the deck of the Intrepid. You can also get outside of your borough comfort zone and head to Far Rockaway to celebrate surf and photography, hear from some women in downtown rock, or try out your best dance moves at a hip hop party sponsored by the Museum of the City of New York. Then round out the weekend with the serenity—and opulence—of Buddhist art from Kashmir. There, weekend sorted.
Jeppe Hein, “Please Touch the Art” ↑
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Opening until April 2016
The Public Art Fund’s new exhibition that lines the gorgeous park is a place for family fun. Hein’s three interactive sculptural installations are definitely going to be a central focus for the park this summer—especially “Appearing Rooms” (seen atop), which I know will double as a water park for most of us.
Sculpting with Michael Evert ↑
Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
May 21st, 6pm
For the “Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin” exhibition, the museum will stage a re-created artist’s studio, with Pucci’s sculptor Evert on-hand, live-sculpting busts for museum goers. The best part? It’s part of the pay-as-you-wish night at MAD!
“Collecting Paradise- Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies” ↑
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th St
May 22nd to October 19th
Opening Friday, the gorgeously ornamental exhibition traces art from Kashmir—a.k.a. Pakistan, India, and China—from the 7th century to today. There will be over-the-top sculptures, paintings and other relics. A total feast for the eyes.
“Top Gun,” Summer Movies Series on the Intrepid
The Intrepid, Pier 86 W 46th Street and 12th Avenue
May 22nd, be in line by 6:15pm
The season of outdoor movies is upon us, but perhaps the coolest place to catch a flick is on board the Intrepid. Appropriately, the movie series kicks off tonight with “Top Gun.” Bring chairs, blankets, snacks and stealthily-hidden booze.
TRANSISTERS & THE GODDESSES OF ROCK: A Celebration of Chloe Dzubilo, Panel Discussion
Participant, INC, 253 E Houston St # 1
May 22nd, 8:00-10:00pm
This epic panel discussion brings together an insane line up of downtown performers—Gyda Gash, Jayne County (via Skype), Kathy Rey, Kembra Pfahler and Lia Gangitano (moderator)—to discuss Chloe Dzubilo’s art and music as well as the history of transgression and gender performance in the downtown and rock music scenes. You’ll get a taste of what New York was and is supposed to be.
Picture Rockaway, a Photo Show
Rockaway Beach Surf Club, 302 Beach 87th Street, Far Rockaway
May 23rd, 7:00pm-late
Even if you are afraid of the water, the Rockaway Beach Surf Club is the place to kick off the summer season. The event space/surf lodge/restaurant will host a photo exhibition of local surf culture by Nick Girlando, Erica Reade and Andreea Waters, as well as a likely very fun and beachy party.
Opening Day Family Festival and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Open Studios
May 24th, 12:00-5:00pm
My beloved Governors Island opens this weekend for another season of day-cation escapes. On Sunday, enjoy family fun at Nolan Park from 1-4, or explore the artists-in-residence at the LMCC Arts Building from 12-5, with a special performance of Open Texts at 3pm.
Come Dance/Hip Hop Dance party for Museum of the City of New York
Doubles Club, Fifth Ave. at 60th St
May 27th, 6:00-8:00pm
First, stop at the museum to check out the exhibition, “Hip-Hop Revolution: Photographs by Janette Beckman, Joe Conzo, and Martha Cooper, 1977-1990″(which has been featured on 6sqft before). Then, inspired by all of the old-school pics, head to the party to try out some sweet dance moves! Win-win.
Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Follow her on Twitter @LoriZimmer.
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