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!
Love art but can’t afford to be a collector? This week, head over to Amy Li Projects on Mott Street with five bucks and something to screen print your very own Brian Leo piece on. I’m also sure you’ve seen a handful of European artists working hard on murals around the city, now check out this foreign collective’s gallery show and party at Exit Room.
In just a few days, you can get to know the New Museum’s artist in residence Chelsea Knight as she shows off the fruits of her labor. And be sure to head to Governors Island on Friday to learn about the secret secrets of New York with urban explorer Moses Gates. For a blast from the past, end August in neon and spandex by celebrating the ’80s with a week of films at Central Park and a special Michael Jackson-themed roller disco night in Brooklyn.
Central Park Conservancy Film Festival ↑
Landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive (Terrace Drive)
Through August 29th, 6:30pm doors, 8:00pm movie
For their 35th anniversary, the Central Park Conservancy is celebrating with nightly free films from 1980. Gems on the menu include “Airplane!,” “Raging Bull” and “Superman II.” DJs kick off each night and tickets are free with RSVP. Bring a blanket and a picnic and get ready to celebrate!
Silkscreening + Closing Party for “Brian Leo is not a Zombie Formalist” ↑
Amy Li Projects, 166 Mott Street
Thursday, August 27, 7:00-9:00pm
Art openings are fun for socializing, gawking at art and downing a free glass of wine. However, for most of us, buying a work of the wall is pretty much impossible. But that all changes Thursday. Bring a tote, shirt or poster board to have Brian Leo screen print one of his personal designs on your wares live at the party for just $5.
Weird World ↑
Exit Room NY, 270 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
Friday, August 28, 6:00pm
Europe’s Weird Crew—that’s CONE, DXTR, HRVB, LOOK and VIDAM in case you didn’t know—are transforming Exit Room into an “otherworldly experience.” They’ve already been hard at work on new murals around the city, so check out their art culminated into one exhibition, collaboration and a cracking party with live DJs.
Secret Secrets of New York City ↑
Nolan Park, Governors Island
Friday, August 28, 4:00-5:00pm
Join urban planner and urban explorer Moses Gates in a discussion about the eternal quest for the “secret” and inaccessible magic left in an ever changing New York. Hopefully Mr. Gates will also include some stories of his own personal New York City explorations…
Michael Jackson Butter Roll Roller Disco ↑
LeFrak Center at Lakeside Prospect Park
Saturday, August 29, 7:00pm
A rollerskating party with Michael Jackson theme circa 1979? I’m not sure if there is any more information you need other than it will be amazing. Oh, and you have to be 21 and over. And costumes are encouraged.
“Chelsea Knight: Fall to Earth” (World Premiere Screening) ↑
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Wednesday, September 2, 7:00pm
Artist in residence Chelsea Knight premieres her piece for the R&D “Season: SPECULATION” program, loosely inspired by “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie. The film also includes an original score with collaborations between sound artists Mathew Paul Jinks, Ryan Tracy, Nick Hallett, and Christine Sun Kim.
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.
Tags : Ami Li Projects, Brian Leo, Butter Roll Roller Disco, Central Park Conservancy, Chelsea knight, Exit Room NY, fall to earth, free films NYC, Governors Island, Michael Jackson Roller Disco, Mose Gates, New Museum, weird crew