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!
Get sexy with art twice this week, with House of Yes’s LUST event where art, erotica, performance and food combine, or bust out your best clam shell bra for the 34th annual Mermaid Day Parade in Coney Island. Get schooled by some of the world’s best creatives during the Awwwards Festival, learn how to focus your career with Hope McGrath, then get into the mind of threeASFOUR’s Ange for an artist talk at Untitled. The International Print Center gears up for their Summer Show, and Williams Carmona reflects on Cuba at HG Contemporary. With summer here, the French Films on the Green are back, with free screenings each week in parks across the 5 boroughs.
More Was Lost in Cuba / Mas Se Perdió en Cuba, Williams Carmona ↑
HG Contemporary, 527 West 23rd Street
Thursday, June 16, 6:00-9:00pm
Cuban artist Williams Carmona reflects on his former home with sculptures, paintings, drawings, installations, and ink drawings that the artist dubs “Tropical Surrealism.”
House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn
Thursday, June 16, 7:00pm-2:00am
Art and desire converge in an evening of performances, erotic art installations, and dinner served atop naked bodies- for real.
Innervisions: New Prints 2016/Summer ↑
International Print Center New York, 508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor
Thursday, June 16, 6:00-8:00pm
Curated by artist Dan Walsh, The Print Center’s Summer show features 55 projects by 50 artists and is the 54th presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program.
Awwwards NYC ↑
Fi:af – Florence Gould Hall Theater, 55 East 59th Street
Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17
Two days of talks, networking and inspiration for the creative from digital architects, designers, innovators and creators, ending with a fancy cocktail party atop one of New York’s largest rooftop garden that boasts 360-degree views of the city.
Air of Paris ↑
Washington Square Park
Friday, June 18, 8:30pm
Grab a blanket, a baguette and a stockpile of cheese and head to Washington Square Park for a free Films on the Green screening of Air of Paris by acclaimed director Marcel Carné.
The Mermaid Parade 2016 ↑
1208 Surf Avenue, Coney Island
Saturday, June 18, 1:00pm
The 34th annual Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade of its kind, inviting visitors to celebrate the beauty of seaside mythology. Don a sea-inspired costume and head to the beach to join in the fun and festivities.
Artist Talk: Cardiac Insomnia, a solo show by Ange ↑
Untitled Space, 45 Lispenard Street, Unit 1W
Monday, June 20, 5:00-8:00pm
One of the luminary designers in the collective threeASFOUR, ANGE debuts a solo exhibition of self portraits. Tonight, she speaks to Jessica Mitrani about her work in a casual Q&A plus closing celebration.
The Spark Collective by Hope McGrath ↑
Thompson Square Studios, 54 Thompson Street
Tuesday June 21, 7:00-9:30pm
Geared toward those working in the creative industries, Transformational Coach Hope McGrath helps to fine tune goals and direction, paired with an evening of networking, dance, snacks and wine.
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.
Lead image via PrettyKateMachine/Flickr
Tags : Air of Paris, ANGE, Awwwards, coney island, Films on the Green, HG Contemporary, Hope McGrath, House of Yes, International Print Center New York, LUST, marcel Carne, Mermaid Parade, threeASFOUR, Untitled Space, Williams Carmona