Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week- 9/8-9/14

September 10, 2016

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!

The art world is back in full swing this week. Head to Chelsea this Thursday and meander around the countless openings (and enjoy the cheap, swill chardonnay). Be sure to stop by Joseph Gross Gallery for their opener with Jesse Draxler and Chad Wys. Takashi Murakami’s protege opens a show of her gorgeous embroidery, and performance artist Jill Sigman explores the world of plants and weeds through dance. A group of artists pay tribute to 9/11 with an immersive exhibition called Loft in the Red Zone, and downtown artists and performer Kembra Pfahler joins Howl for their Writer’s Block series. Central Park is getting a brand new giant sculpture inspired by a shopping list thanks to the Public Art Fund, and Bloomingdale’s semi-secret train car restaurant stays open for a special chef’s tasting dinner. Speaking of food, sample all that Greenwich Village has to offer at Washington Square Park’s Taste of the Village event. Finally, gather some patience and wait in the long lines to experience Refinery29’s epic 29Rooms, which transforms 80,000 square feet of warehouse space into 29 experiential art installations.


David Shrigley: Memorial ↑
Thursday, September 8 through February 16, 2017
Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park

The new fall art work for the southeast corner of Central Park is a campy 17-foot-tall granite sculpture- emblazoned with a shopping list.


Jill Sigman/thinkdance- Weedheart ↑
Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway (Enter at 53A Chambers)
Through Saturday, September 17

Why do we call certain plants “weeds?” Jill Sigman investigates resilience, toxicity, invisibility, and power, and offers a ritual to re-connect us to plants, people, and places, with an innovative series of performances with vocalist Kristin Norderval.

The Unseen World

Tomoko Sugimoto, The Unseen World ↑
Through Sunday, September 11
2 Rivington

Takashi Murakami’s protégé may have worked for the famous artists for nearly 20 years, but her art work is decidedly her own. Sugimoto’s solo exhibition features her signature embroidery, influenced by Japanese illustration, in circular pieces that dot the exhibition space around a six-foot tent.


Not the Sum of its Parts, Just the Parts ↑
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street
Thursday, September 8, 6:00-9:00pm

This two-person show is essentially two solo exhibitions, with artists Jesse Draxler and Chad Wys working independently without communication for one unified show.


Fall dinner at Le Train Bleu ↑
Friday, September 9, 7:00pm
Bloomingdale’s, 6th floor, 1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street

Did you know there is an old timey train car atop Bloomingdale’s flagship? Usually open just for lunch, Le Train Bleu is hosting a special dinner within its historic walls this week, featuring and exciting tasting menu by Chef Kava, live music,and VERY limited seating. Information is old school- you have to actually pick up the phone and call 212-705-2100.


Loft in The Red Zone Project 5th Year Anniversary ↑
Friday, September 9, 6:00-9:00pm
79 Leonard Street, Tribeca

Five years ago–in conjunction with the municipal and state administrations opening the 9/11 Museum and site-specific memorials in NYС and NJ–a large group of independent artists broke the taboo and created a massive multimedia art tribute to 9/11 “Loft in the Red Zone.” Tonight, they mark the five-year anniversary with a tribute exhibition.


Refinery29’s second annual 29Rooms event ↑
8 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn
Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11, 12:00pm-8:00pm

Last year 6,000 people waited in line to experience the 29 art installation rooms put on in a warehouse by Refinery29, and just in time for Fashion Week, its back. This year the creative madhouse is located in Bushwick and opens for a full weekend of experiential mayhem in a 80,000-square-foot warehouse.

photo ©Ricardo Nelson
photo ©Ricardo Nelson

Kembra Pfahler, Rebel Without a Cock ↑
Monday, September 12, 7:00pm
Howl Happening, 6 East 1st Street

Legendary performer Kembra Pfahler, of The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, brings her painted body to Howl for Writer’s Block for an evening of readings and music.

Le Train Bleu, Arlene Rush, David Shrigley, Public Art Fund, Gibney Dance, Jill Sigman, Kristin Norderval, Tomoko Sugimoto, Takashi Murakami, Joseph Gross Gallery, Jesse Draxler, Chad Wys, Loft in the Red Zone, Refinery29, 29Rooms, Kembra Pfahler, Howl Happening

Taste of the Village 2016 ↑
Washington Square Park
Wednesday, September 14, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Sample the deliciousness that is Greenwich Village with more than 30 area food vendors and purveyors of fine wine al fresco- starting at the iconic Washington Square Park arch. (Your ticket sales also help to keep Washington Square Park beautiful, clean, and a place for community organization.)


LORI-Zimmer-art-nerd-new-york-city-bioLori 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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