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, Joseph Gross Gallery’s Lynzy Blair presents a two-faced show featuring transformative works that light up at night. The Quin Hotel continues their artist series with Berlin-based ABOVE, and LES’s LMAK Gallery offers three floors of art experiences for an afternoon of arty fun. The Rubin Museum’s annual block party shuts down 17th street and celebrates the monsoon this year, while the Museum of the Native American explores the variety of native dance with multi-talented performer Ty Defoe. Causey Contemporary’s summer show explores the notion of “copy and pasting” in art, and Pippa Zornoza explores the horror of the voice at Grace Exhibition space. Finally, kick off your shoes and frolic in the grass for Bryant Park’s Barefoot Ball with Questlove.
Papered Stories, A Concept of Function, My Little Pony and Outdoor Voices ↑
LMAK Gallery, 298 Grand Street
Tuesdays-Sundays through July 30
Three floors of art make for a happy afternoon at LMAK Gallery. This month, the first floor hosts a group show of paper works, the second reimagines ceramics, the attic is a site-specific installation by Aiden Simon, and the outdoor space has fun inflatable abstract sculptures by Doreen McCarthy.
Night & Day Curated by Lynzy Blair ↑
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street
Thursday, July 14, 6:00-8:00pm
Showcasing the integration of light in contemporary art, Gallery Director Lynzy Blair has chosen a set of artists whose work gives two experiences–one during the day, and one at night when an element of illumination is brought to life.
Tavar Zawacki a.k.a ABOVE as Curated by DK Johnston ↑
The Quin Hotel, 101 West 57th Street
Thursday, July 14 through Mid August
Stop through the lobby of the Quin to experience an installation by acclaimed street artist ABOVE, whose work is recognized by his exploration into geometric abstraction.
Bricolage: Summer Group Exhibition ↑
Cause Contemporary, 29 Orchard Street
Friday, July 15, 6:00-8:00pm
The artists in Causey Contemporary’s summer group show “copy and paste” imagery from the media and popular culture to illustrate the confusion of identity within which we now live.
Pippi Zornoza “The Sound of It Hammering Against the Skirts” ↑
Grace Exhibition Space,840 Broadway, Brooklyn
Saturday, July 16, 9:00pm
An evening of haunting sound art, Zornoza’s “The Sound of it Hammering Against the Skirts” works with the themes of horror and violence in the voice. The evening is broken up into six vignettes: The Ax that Cuts Silence, Don’t Close the Door of Night, Have You Loved Any Well Down There?, How Firm the Foundation, The Bell that Never Stops Ringing, and The Sound of It Hammering Against the Skirts.
The Rubin Museum Annual Block Party ↑
150 W 17th Street
Sunday, July 17, 1:00-4:00pm
Join the Rubin Museum as they shut down their block of 17th Street for a cultural block party for the whole family. Inspired by the Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual exhibition, the day will include crafting, dancing, museum tours, family yoga, music and more.
Bryant Park Barefoot Ball featuring Quest Love ↑
Bryant Park, 42nd Street at 6th Avenue
Wednesday, July 20, 7:30pm to 11:00pm
Kick off your shoes and celebrate in the grass for an evening under the stars, surrounded by some of New York’s architectural gems. Tix also include jams by Questlove from the Roots and three hours of open bar!
Summer Dance with Ty Defoe ↑
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green
Tuesday, July 19– Thursday, 21, 11:00am and 1:00pm
In celebration of the museum’s “Circle of Dance” exhibition, cultural pioneer, writer, musician and hoop dancer Ty Defoe will share a series of dance performances that bring light to dance traditions from Native peoples across America.
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 by James Ewing for the Park Avenue Armory
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