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!
No matter what age you are, for everyone, September has that overwhelming feeling of “Back to School.” Educate yourself (while supporting female artists) and listen to Grimanesa Amorós speak about her work at El Museo del Barrio, or bone up on your French with the last free French film screening of the season at Columbia. Art galleries are back in full swing, and I’m personally looking forward to Tahiti Pehrson’s epic paper cuts at Joseph Gross, Elias Sime’s remixing of elements from Ethiopia at James Cohan Gallery and the heart-wrenching portraits investigating prostitution around the globe by Yapci Ramos at Catinca Tabacaru. Visitors are welcome to taste the boom of the Williamsburg/Greenpoint neighborhood—literally, and you can also relive the New York classic “The Warriors” for a grandiose reunion and day-long celebration at Coney Island. Finish the week with No Longer Empty’s contribution to the newly redeveloped South Street Seaport with an installation about the converging of waters.
“Pareidolia,” Tahiti Pehrson ↑
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th St, 2nd Floor
Thursday, September 10, 6:00-8:00pm
Pareidolia is the mind’s trickery of creating patterns within sound or visuals when there is none present. Pehrson relies on this effect to combine organic and geometric patterns in his intricately cut, massive paper pieces—some being almost eight feet wide.
Elias Sime Solo Exhibition ↑
James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street
Thursday, September 10, 6:00-8:00pm
Ethiopian artist Sime translates the Addis Ababa open-air market into sculptural collage works that show the diversity of wares hawked each day. Thread, buttons, plastic, animal skins, horn, fabric, bottle tops, and electric parts are transformed into abstract city scenes, portraying the fusion of modernity and tradition in both image and medium.
“The Rabbi’s Cat” screening, Films on the Green ↑
Columbia University, Low Memorial Library steps (at 116th street)
Thursday, September 10, 7:30pm
Tonight is your last chance to get in on the French Embassy’s French Film Festival this year. The final screening takes a cartoony turn, with a film about language, faith, and sarcasm. And, oui oui, it’s free!
“Perras y Putas,” Yapci Ramos ↑
Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, 250 Broome Street
Saturday, September 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Ramos has been turning her lens to exploring prostitution around the world. “Aruba is a small island full of stray feral ‘perras’ (bitches) surviving as best they can: languorous bitches, fierce bitches, vulnerable bitches, flea-ridden bitches, quiet bitches, aggressive bitches… bitches…”
“The Warriors” Reunion…The Coney Island Return ↑
3029 Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island
Sunday, September 13, 10:00am-11:00pm
The Warriors will indeed come out and play… for one last time. Relive the gangs of New York 1970s-style. Music, food, original cast members, and endless cosplayers will be joined by hardcore band Sick of it All and a Q&A with John Joseph of the Cro-Mags.
Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint ↑
East River Park, 90 Kent
Sunday, September 13, 1:00pm
Celebrate the art of food in one of New York’s most rapidly developing neighborhoods. The block party-style festival will give a sampling of some of the dozens of restaurants and cafes that have popped up in Greenpoint and Williamsburg over the past few years—of course paired with music and a party atmosphere.
Women Series Spotlight: Grimanesa Amorós ↑
El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue
Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-8:30pm
The museum’s Women Series Spotlight is back, celebrating living female Latina artists with exhibitions and panel discussions. On Tuesday, meet Grimanesa Amorós, whose intelligent installations infuse sculpture, light and technology. I first fell in love with her work at the Issey Miyake store in Tribeca, and have followed her work since.
Teresa Diehl: “Breathing Waters” ↑
No Longer Empty pop-up site, 117 Beekman Street
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00-8:00pm
Transient curatorial organization, No Longer Empty, infuses innovative art exhibitions into temporarily vacant spaces around New York City. Tonight, their latest rendition takes over South Street Seaport, with Diehl’s glittering installation which explores the meditative quality of converging bodies of water—appropriately positioned at the point in New York where the East River and the Hudson River meet.
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 : Catinca Tabacaru, Elias Sime, Grimanesa Amorós, James Cohan Gallery, Joseph Gross Gallery, Museo del Barrio, No Longer Empty, South Street Seaport, Tahiti Perhson, Taste of Williamsburg, Teresa Diehl, The rabbi’s cat, the warriors, Yapci Ramos