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’s over, but you can alleviate some of the pain with a slew of arts events this weekend. Times Square Arts brings it with their September #Midnightmoment partnership with the Met Opera, and the Met Museum’s gorgeous Manus X Machina comes to a close. Head over to Governors Island before it closes for the season to check out the Center for Holographic Arts, and head out to the Hamptons to enjoy Dita Von Teese while supporting Housing Works. Revisit the ’70s with a Paradise Garage Reunion, or honor Captain James T Kirk with a group show inspired by Star Trek. Experience the hype that is the Japanese pop band Perfume, then educate yourself on the sprawl and settlement of the Bronx.
Tantris (Young Tristan)– Elizabeth Peyton and Kristian Emdal #MidnightMoment ↑
Through September 30, 11:57pm- Midnight
Times Square Arts’ says goodbye to summer with a beautiful #MidnightMoment partnership with the Metropolitan Opera. In conjunction with the performances of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera, September’s #Midnightmoment is Peyton and Emdal’s featurette, depicting the prologue of Tristan and Isolde’s love. Stay tuned for a special Times Square broadcast of the entire opera in late September.
Manus x Machina ↑
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue
Through September 5th
If you haven’t seen the Met’s latest fashion triumph–in which fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear–this week is your last chance. Go indulge yourself before its too late!
The (Space Trip) Art Show-Star Trek 50th Anniversary art show ↑
Gristle Tattoo+Art Gallery, 26 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn
September 2, 7:00pm
The artists in this show boldly go where…many artists have gone before, but who doesn’t like a good Star Trek homage? Channel your inner Kirk, pick up some original art, and maybe get a consultation for that Spock tattoo?
Saṃjñā ⌘ Julia Sinelnikova Installation at Holocenter ↑
Center for the Holographic Arts, Colonels Row 403, Governors Island
Saturday, September 3, 1:00-6:00pm
Experience the hand-cut ethereal holographic sculptures of Sinelnikova inside one of the historic Colonial homes on Governors Island.
How The Bronx Happened: An Examination into the Historical Context of Bronx Development ↑
The Valentine-Varian House/The Museum Of Bronx History, 3266 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx
Saturday, September 3, 1:00pm
As the face of the five boroughs rapidly changes around us, sit in on a discussion of how the Bronx has developed over the past 100 years.
Labor of Love by Housing Works ↑
Private Residence in East Hampton, NY (exact location provided in advance of event to ticket buyers only)
Saturday, September 3, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Head to the Hamptons for a cushy evening hosted by Dita Von Teese to help the incredible Housing Works fight AIDS and homelessness in New York City.
Perfume: A Gallery Exhibition ↑
Pure Space 601 West 26th Street
September 3, 11:00am – September 4, 6:00pm
Japanese superstar band Perfume has engaged fans all over the world with their fusion of music, art and technology. Now the pop stars present their first gallery experience that will let New York and London feel just what the Japanese kids have gone on about for the last 15 years.
The Reunion- Paradise Garage ↑
XL Nightclub 512 West 42nd Street
Sunday, September 4, 8:00pm
In the late ’70s and ’80s, Paradise Garage was a mecca for LGBT culture, lead by DJ Larry Levan and attracting regulars like Madonna and Keith Haring. The actual club may be gone (it’s now a Verizon facility) but tonight Levan returns to bring back the spirit of the days when dance ruled.
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 : #midnightmoment, Center for Holographic Arts, Dita Von Teese, Elizabeth Peyton, Governors Island, Gristle Tattoo + Art Gallery, Housing Works, Julia Sinelnikova, Kristian Emdal, Larry levan, Manus Machina, Matthew Neil Gehring, Met Opera, Paradise Garage, Perfume Band, Star Trek art show, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Valentine-Varian House/The Museum Of Bronx History, times square arts, XL Club