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 outdoors this week: Stay late with a date peeping stars on the High Line; experience a car-free Manhattan during Citi Streets; go back in time at the Jazz Age Lawn Festival on Governors Island; or rent a free kayak and watch a movie from the water at Socrates Sculpture Park. If you need a break from all that sun, check out Ataraxia, an evening of multi sensory art, or head to Booth Gallery for a group show about shattering the Fourth Wall.
Ataraxia : trifecta ↑
174 Orchard Street
Thursday, August 11, 7:00pm-2:00am
An immersive happening of interactive, provocative, multimedia art, featuring painting, sculpture, video projection art, performance art, and soundscapes and DJs with a mixture of analog and digital media curated by Kurt Ritta and Rachel Eisley.
Citi Summer Streets ↑
Various streets in Manhattan
Saturday, August 13, 7:00am-1:00pm
We’ve said it before, but we have to say it again, because Citi Summer Streets are just that special! Get outside, and enjoy a car-free Manhattan for a few hours.
The 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party ↑
Governors Island, Colonels Row
Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14, 11:00am-5:00pm
This year, the famed Jazz Age Lawn Party carries on for two days. Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra entertained the fanciest dressed crowd on Governors Island all summer. Channel your inner flapper and get on a ferry for the old timey party of the year.
Fourth Wall ↑
Booth Gallery, 325 West 38th Street
Saturday, August 13, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Booth Gallery’s Casey Gleghorn curates a unique group show based on the concept of the narrative in literature and film, including works by the incredible Barnaby Whitfield.
Stargazing Date Night ↑
The Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck on the High Line at West 14th Street
Tuesday, August 16, 8:30-10:30pm
What the High Line should be used for- romance under the stars. The elevated park stays open late tonight for star gazing, with high powered telescopes provided by Amateur Astronomers Association, wine for sale by Terroir, and jazz by Tocino Trio.
Sunset Paddle: Outdoor Cinema ↑
Socrates Sculpture Park, 31-30 Vernon Boulevard, Astoria, Queens
Wednesday, August 17, 6:00pm-sunset
Grab a free kayak or canoe courtesy of Astoria Boaters and LIC Community Boathouse and view this week’s film “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” from the water.
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 Jazz Age Lawn Party
Tags : 174 Orchard, Amateur Astronomers Association, ataraxia, Barnaby Whitfield, Booth Gallery, Casey Gleghorn, Citi Summer Streets, Governors Island, High Line, Jazz Age Lawn Festival, Michael Arenella and his dreamland orchestra, Scorates Sculpture Park, Tocino Trio