Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week – Halloween Edition!

Posted On Thu, October 29, 2015 By

Posted On Thu, October 29, 2015 By In Art, Art nerd ny, Cool Listings, Features

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!

Halloween week is my favorite time of the year, and this week I’ve rounded up a mix of art and Halloween events that lets uncreatives feel a part of (and even look like) something arty this weekend. Get into the spirit with Margaret Bowland’s compelling paintings that brush on wealth and violence at Driscoll Babcock. Susanne Bartsch heads from her museum show at FIT to MoMA PS1’s Halloween party for a complete night of museum-quality art (on both counts) and fun. Performance impresario Anna Copa Cabanna hits us twice, with hellish go-go in Williamsburg, then Old New York fun at Sid Gold’s Request Room. Performance art group CHERYL invite guests to become part of their immersive world once again with Psychopomp, partnered with Gayletter. After you’ve washed the glitter out of your hair, rejoin society and check out the beautiful Donald Byrd and Charles Wuorinen dance performance at the Guggenheim, before getting a leg up on the inaugural Honolulu Biennial at a special panel sponsored by Artnet.

Margaret Bowland: Power” 
Driscoll Babcock Gallery, 525 West 25th Street
Thursday, October 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Bowland’s work is not necessarily macabre, but her investigation of wealth and power at the intersection of war, violence and destruction seems to be a fitting open this week. The grandiose paintings are also paired with a transformational bramble of U.S. dollar bills folded into origami roses that twist throughout the gallery on barbed-wire stems.

Rumplestiltzkin “The Dark Masquerade” 
128 Elizabeth Street
Friday, October 30, 10:00 p.m. 

Nightlife legend Gerry Visco hosts an art-inspired night of gothic punk meets art installation. Live bands mesh with an immersive 1940s 360 vintage Gothic horror film installation projected through the venue set against a dark couture masquerade! Pretty cool….

HIGHWAY TO HELL – Devil’s Night 
Passenger Bar, 229 Roebling Street, Brooklyn
Friday, October 30, 10:00 p.m.

Performance queen Anna Copa Cabanna has been an art-and-go-go staple in New York for over ten years. On Saturday she brings horror to the go-go line, along with a horror installation by B.A. Miale, and of course, tunes.

moma ps1 halloween
MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball with Susanne Bartsch- The Poison Big Apple 
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Saturday, October 31, 8:00pm-12:00 a.m.

On the heels of her Fashion Underground exhibition at the Museum at FIT, Susanne Bartsch and MoMA PS1 invite you to become part of her creative glitterati. This is the Halloween party to unleash your inner artist—and wear that Surrealist concoction you’ve been dreaming about that would suit partying in a museum.

PSYCHOPOMP: A Halloween Club Night 
The Brooklyn Masonic Temple, 317 Clermont Avenue, Brooklyn
Saturday, October 31, 9:00 p.m.

My FAVORITE performance art party group CHERYL partner with Gayletter for yet another party-meets-art installation. The best part of anything CHERYL is involved with is their inclusion of visitors, making everyone feel a part of the art-fun, even if you don’t have a creative bone in your body.

A Halloween S(t)singing Spooktacular 
Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 West 26th Street
Saturday, October 31, 9:00 p.m.

Another night with the incredible Anna Copa Cabanna, this time over karaoke piano tunes at the new(ish) vignette of old New York, Sid Gold’s Request Room. Step back in time and sing your favorite Halloween tunes in the gold-stenciled room.

Donald Byrd & Charles Wuorinen 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue
Monday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.

Let go of your Halloween hangover for this beautiful performance experience. Pianist Peter Serkin and an ensemble of 15 musicians conducted by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Charles Wuorinen perform the New York premiere of Wuorinen’s Megalith.

From the Pineapple to the Big Apple: Maika’i Tubbs in Conversation with Christiane Paul 
233 Broadway (Park Place & Barclay Street)
Tuesday, November 3, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Get to know the M.O. behind the forthcoming inaugural Honolulu Biennial with a discussion with Native Hawaiian artist Maika’i Tubbs (who is featured in my book “Art of Cardboard“!) and Christiane Paul. Be sure to RSVP with [email protected]



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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