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!
Summer is winding down, but we’re not ready to move back indoors. Jump a ferry and celebrate the season’s end on Governors Island with an old fashioned oyster shuck. Get down (silently) outside at the Coney Island Art walls at the Quiet Clubbing Festival, or join artist Santhori in making a giant mural at the park on East 1st Street. Stretch out and appreciate Times Square on Jurgen Mayer H’s XXX easy chairs, then head to the Bowery Wall to find your friends in Logan Hicks’ giant new mural. Finally, the gallery prince of darkness JJ Brine is bringing his Vector Gallery back to New York, and two artists are turning Brooklyn’s Ground Floor Gallery into a giant loom installation.
Jürgen Mayer H.’s XXX Times Square With Love ↑
Broadway Pedestrian Plaza between 43rd and 44th streets, Times Square
Unveiled yesterday, Times Square Arts and J. Mayer H.’s XXX invites the public to slow down, sprawl out, and take in the bright lights of Times Square- which are actually beautiful if you aren’t navigating a zillion tourists trying to jam through the streets.
Logan Hicks’ “Story of my Life” ↑
Bowery Wall, Houston Street at Bowery
Through late 2016
After a false start when a rain storm ruined the wall in July, Logan Hicks’ epic five layer stencil mural is complete. Painted in a blue colorscape, “Story of my Life” features a sea of people who have been involved in Hicks’ New York life over the past 10 years, set on picturesque Greene Street in Soho, where original Bowery Wall owner Tony Goldman had his office for years. Passersby can finally enjoy the piece for the coming months!
Conversations with a Conservator ↑
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gallery 742, 1000 Fifth Avenue
Thursday, August 25, 11:00am
Pick the brain of the Met’s conservator Nancy C. Britton, who will talk about architectural interiors that intrigue her.
Vector Gallery : Opening Night : SEND GOD TO HELL ↑
199 East 3rd Street
Thursday, August 25, 8:25pm-11:59pm
The self-described “Satanic gallery” lead by director and artist JJ Brine is back in New York after a year-long stint in Los Angeles. The floor-to-ceiling installation opens this week, bringing neon and prismatic art work back to the East Village.
PHASES: A late summertime collaboration between Crystal Gregory and Alexa Williams ↑
Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street, Brooklyn
Thursday, August 25, 6:00-8:00pm
Over the next few weeks, Gregory and Williams will use the architecture of the gallery to support a site-specific floor-to-ceiling loom, dye with turmeric, and use powdered graphite and white sand to cast the woven textile in concrete. Tonight, they begin with a performative piece dressing the loom.
The Billion Oyster End of Summer Shuck Off ↑
Nolan Park, Governors Island
Saturday August 27, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Celebrate the end of summer under the beautiful Billion Oyster Pavilion before it’s recycled into artificial reefs for the New York Harbor oyster population. Learn to shuck (and enjoy) your own oysters, and enjoy music and raffles for the whole family.
Santhori, #WeSpyNY Interactive Event ↑
First Street Green Park, 33 East 1st Street
Saturday, August 27, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Presented in conjunction with his upcoming solo show at Buddy Warren Gallery in September, artist Santhori invites children and teenagers from the community to create a collaborative mural with him. All ages are invited to then discuss public space, observation and surveillance through their artwork.
Quiet Clubbing Festival ↑
Coney Art Walls, 3030 Stillwell Avenue, Brooklyn
Saturday, August 27, 4:00pm-12:00am
Head to the Coney Island Art Walls for an alternative to the bar scene- rock out and dance with hundreds of others in silence. Grab a pair of provided head phones and enjoy DJs all night, as well as LED Robots, Fire Twirlers and LED Hula Dancers.
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.
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