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!
July is heating up in the art world (and on the thermometer!). Take the month to check out my curatorial debut with Times Square Arts every night on the ad screens, head to City Hall Park to enjoy a new sculpture series, and definitely be sure to frolic in the balloon room by Martin Creed at the Park Avenue Armory. Check out the 1920s Chinese screen siren Ruan Lingyu in a film set to a live score by Gary Lucas, or head outdoors for a screening of April and the Extraordinary World in Riverside Park. Head to the Bronx for an all-female show at Wall Works Gallery, or if you’re in the Hamptons, spend a day at Market Art and Design at the Bridgehampton Museum.
Beau Stanton’s Voyage #MidnightMoment ↑
Times Square Screens
Every night in July, 11:57pm to Midnight
I’ve always been a huge supporter of Times Square Arts’ MidnightMoment take over of the Times Square ad screens, and now I’ve unbelievably become the curator of one! My long-time collaborator Beau Stanton has translated his maritime-lore oil paintings into a beautiful animation that takes Times Square visitors under the sea and literally into the belly of the beast every night in July.
Martin Creed: The Back Door ↑
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue
Through August 7
If you haven’t visited the art wonderland that is Martin Creed’s The Back Door, be sure to get there before it’s gone forever. As if a ROOM FULL OF BALLOONS YOU CAN PLAY IN isn’t enough, Creed has activated most of the gorgeous, historic rooms of the armory, that are often closed to the public. Expect a few hours of total fun and wonder.
The Language of Things ↑
City Hall Park
Everyday through September 29
The Public Art Fund’s latest public art exhibition has sprung up in City Hall Park just in time for summer enjoyment. The beautiful exhibition explores language beyond the word- in sculptures by Carol Bove, Tino Sehgal, Claudia Comte, Michael Dean, Adam Pendleton, Chris Watson and Hannah Weiner.
Market Art + Design ↑
The Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY
Thursday, July 7 -Sunday, July 10
East End’s premier art fair returns with top notch gallerists and a tightly curated Design component pulling from dealers and designers from around the world. Be sure to check out the booth by our friends at Joseph Gross Gallery.
Gary Lucas “The Goddess” ↑
Pioneer Works 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook
Friday, July 8, 8:00pm-11:00pm
A special evening of music and film. Tonight, Gary Lucas performs a bluesy live score alongside a screening of the 1934 Chinese silent film “The Goddess” starring the iconic Ruan Lingyu.
April and the Extraordinary World ↑
Riverside Park Pier I, 500 West 70th Street
Friday, July 8, 8:30pm
Films on the Green hits the Upper West Side this week with this 2015 gem directed by Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci about a family of scientists in 1941 Paris who disappear while creating a longevity serum, leaving their daughter April behind. Bring a blanket and a well-concealed bottle of rose!
powerful / BEAUTIFUL ↑
Wall Works New York, 39 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx
Saturday, July 9, 5:00-8:00pm
Curated by Anna Matos, powerful/BEAUTIFUL features work by Lady Pink, Lady Aiko, Ananda Nahu, Scotie, Julia Yu-Baba and Gloria Zapata.
Cocktails and Collecting: The Print Edition ↑
Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, July 13, 6:00-8:30pm
Mix and mingle at Ground Floor Gallery’s kick-off event for their summer print show featuring limited-edition works by over 20 local artists.
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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