Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week, 9/24-9/29

September 24, 2015

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!

‘Tis a weekend of open studios, and if you are art-thletic enough, you can hit them all. Non-profit chashama is offering free ferry rides to check out the studios of 85 artists (including 6sqft friend Barry Rosenthal!) at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Hop on the Governors Island Ferry to the LMCC open studios, or get yourself to DUMBO for Smack Mellon’s open studios. The work week just got a little better for those of you in the Garment District, as the annual UrbanSpace market opens for the season, offering up tasty delights. Roving gallery Standard Practice is at it again, with a new opening in Williamsburg, and Harlem’s Hi-ART kicks off their season with a photo show. If you’re going to the World Maker Faire, be sure to check out FIGMENT Festival’s David Koren as he talks about co-creating your own reality. Finish off the week with the Public Art Fund’s talk at the New School with exhibiting artist Jeppe Hein. And that’s a wrap!

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UrbanSpace’s Garment District Food Hall Pop-up 
40th Street and Broadway
Daily, now through October 24th, 11:00am-9:00 p.m.
Sink your teeth into 23 different unique food concepts this fall at this delicious pop-up seasonal market that transforms Broadway into an outdoor eatery! Vendors include TopArepa, Ponti Rossi, Le Souk, Lizzmonade, Rice and Chopsticks, Yankee Doodle Dandy’s, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Red Hook Lobster Pound, La Sonrisa Empanadas, Domo Taco, Iron Burger, Enfes Turkish Food, Fire Belly Korean BBQ, Thai Toon, Home Frite, and oh-so-many more—phew!

Mi Gente-Spanish Harlem in the 1980s” by Joseph Rodriguez 
Hi-ARTS, 304 East 100th Street
Thursday, September 24th, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Artist Carlos Mare is putting on his curatorial hat this year at Harlem’s Hi-ARTS, kicking off the non-profit’s season with the photography of Joseph Rodriguez. Rodriguez celebrates the legacy of Harlem, with photos of the Spanish culture that thrived in the 1980s.

Living Together is Easy” 
Roomservice, 485 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn
Friday, September 25, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Roving curatorial power house Standard Practice opens yet another show–this time featuring the work of Phoenix Lindsay Hall and Maria Rapicavoli. The theme of tonight’s show is particularly heavy, each artist has created works inspired by atrocities in the media, but translated with deep tenderness and empathy.

chashama Brooklyn Open Studios 2015 
Brooklyn Army Terminal,140 58th Street, Brooklyn
Friday, September 25, 6:00-9:00 p.m., September 26, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Take a free ferry ride over to the majestic Brooklyn Army Terminal and check out a peek inside the world of 85 working artists, as they open their doors to the public. Look at working processes, work progress, and first glimpses of new work. Be sure to visit the studio of photographer Barry Rosenthal—a 6sqft favorite!

Smack Mellon Open Studios 
92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn
September 26, 12:00-8:00 p.m., September 27, 12:00-6:00 p.m.
DUMBO’s Smack Mellon Gallery and artist residency will open its doors this weekend for a glimpse inside their resident artists’ private studios. Meet Nadia Awad, Zachary Fabri, Donna Huanca, Nyeema Morgan, Lori Nix, Chat Travieso and Work Exchange Artist: Tyler Henry, while checking out their work and work space.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Open Studios 
LMCC Arts Center on Governors Island
Saturday, September 26th and 27th, 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Another ferry, another open studios session. LMCC’s residency on Governors Island makes for a perfect opportunity to not only check out art, but also the uninterrupted fall foliage. Be sure to catch the last weekend of the exhibition “(Counter) Public Art, Intervention & Performance in Lower Manhattan from 1978-1993,” featuring works by artists including Agnes Denes, Eiko & Koma, Guerrilla Girls, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer and more.

FIGMENT’s David Koren “Co-Creating Reality” 
World Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona
Sunday, September 27, 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Taking place during the inspiring World Maker Faire, Koren will talk about the influence of wealth and co-creating your own reality, and how to make it happen whether you’ve got coins or not.

Public Art Fund Talks at the New School: Jeppe Hein 
The New School, Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue
Tuesday, September 29, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Coinciding with Jeppe Hein’s interactive installation “Please Touch the Art” that has enlivened Brooklyn Bridge Park all summer, the Public Art Fund is presenting a talk with the artist about art in the private and public realms.



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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