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 end of week picks for 6sqft readers!
Summer jams mean we do things a little differently in the art world, assuming most of the population escapes the hot city streets each weekend. Thursday and Friday nights are the art-heavy celebrations of the art openings we love to see and be seen at.
Explore the pop-color collage world of Anthony Iacono, or a real life Facebook status as performed by Katya Grokhovsky, or become part of the performance with Quinn Dukes’ “Mapping Ritual.” Friday it’s time for the je ne sais quois, first with an exhibition and Edith Piaf’s 100th birthday at Dejavu Gallery, then a free screening of a Tunisian love triangle, “Goha.” If you’re still around Saturday, spend the day meeting your makers at Open House New York’s open studios across the city, or settle into the air conditioning of the Guggenheim and explore the wild wild world of Matthew Barney in an all-day film screening.
Anthony Iacono “Crudités at Sunset” Opening Reception ↑
PPOW Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street
Thursday, July 9th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Picked as one of Artnet’s “17 Must-See LGBTQ Exhibitions This Summer,” Iacono’s work is bright, bold and colorful. His “painted” collage technique is poppy and fun, bringing bounce and brilliance to his off-beat still life pieces. Works on paper paired with saucy, fetishistic videos get your juices flowing.
“Status Update” Live Performance by Katya Grokhovsky ↑
1370 6th Ave New York, NY 10019 11th floor
Thursday, July 9th, 6:00-8:00pm
Grokhovsky’s video, “Status Update,” is currently showing in the rooms of the Roger Smith Hotel as part of “Escape,” a video program curated by yours truly. Check her live performance tonight at this Midtown space taken over by P.E.S: Park Exhibition Space, L.A. The group exhibition “How’s it Going” is a rotating of artworks, artists and daily events.
Quinn Dukes: “Mapping Ritual” ↑
Parasol Projects, 2 Rivington Street
Thursday, July 9th, 6:00pm-10:00pm
Dukes’ performance artifacts, video and sound collaborations with Keller McDivitt are meant to engage the visitor, making the viewer part of each performance. On Thursday, “Mapping Ritual” asks guests to engage, and through her performance, create their own rituals. Expect a healing and/or relaxing journey.
Victoria Yu, the Édith Piaf exhibition ↑
Dejavu Gallery, 223 East 60th Street
Friday, July 10th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Francophiles across the city can unite to celebrate the one and only icon of French cabaret, Édith Piaf. Yu’s lush portraits will be paired with French desserts and wine on Piaf’s would-be 100th birthday.
Films on the Green: “Goha” by Jacques Baratier ↑
Riverside Park Pier 1 at 70th Street
Friday, July 10th, 8:30pm-10:30pm
After the Piaf celebration, head west to Riverside Park to continue the French soiree with the free screening of Baratier’s “Goha,” a French-Tunisian film about a love triangle. Bring a picnic and a love (or two).
Provisions: Publishing Salon + Workshop with Endless Editions ↑
The Gateway Project, 2 Gateway Center, Newark
Friday, July 10th, 4:00pm-9:00pm
To coincide with their current exhibition, “GlassBook Project: Provisions,” The Gateway Project welcomes members of the community, professional and novice artists and writers of all ages to come try their hand at working in print. Come brainstorm a book idea or relate your visuals with text.
Screening: Matthew Barney, The CREMASTER Cycle ↑
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street
Saturday, July 11th, 10:30am-7:30pm
Matthew Barney’s insane, all-encompassing CREMASTER Cycle at the Guggenheim transformed my life forever in 2003. The films, which were shown alongside the exhibition, can be viewed in their weird arty entirety today at the Gugg.
Open House New York and the Architectural League of New York Open Studios ↑
Saturday, July 11th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Every October, Open House New York lets locals get inside some of the city’s best architectural gems. Today, OHNY and ALNY lets visitors peek inside the minds of the makers, in a city-wide open studio fest of over 40 architects and designers. The self-guided walking tour gives visitors access to ask questions and explore the work spaces of their favorite designers.
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