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!
This weekend is the end-all be-all for architecture mavens in New York—the annual Open House New York weekend! SO many amazing architectural icons are open and waiting for you to explore them, before they close their doors to the general public for another year. The weekend also brings a not-to-miss exhibition, “Calm Before the Storm,” with new works by Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton. Yes, this is curated by yours truly and Natalie Kates, and it’s guaranteed to be an epic marine-themed show, complete with a giant shipwreck in the gallery.
The intelligent concept store Chamber NYC has its second collection in play with earth-inspired art and design objects curated by Andrew Zuckerman. The Lowline, that underground park we hope comes to fruition, is hosting an open house to check out the techie gadgets they’re working on to make it a reality. Detroit print mavens 1xRun are taking over Joseph Gross Gallery, and Greenpoint Gallery is letting the people decide. FIT is hosting a two-day symposium on everything Susanne Bartsch, and lastly, Ad Hoc Gallery will be resurrected for the 6th annual Welling Court Mural Fest.
“Human | Nature,” curated by Andrew Zuckerman ↑
Chamber NYC, 515 West 23rd Street
Through October 31
The concept store Chamber is presenting its second “collection” of multiples, art objects and design, this time with a thematic exhibition chosen by photographer and film maker Andrew Zuckerman. Collection #2 explores the theme of how the natural world interacts with man’s living environment as expressed through objects of design, art, and various types of ephemera–think live moss carpeting and stone-shaped furniture.
1xRUN Presents Naturel’s “S.M.U.T.” At Joseph Gross Gallery ↑
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street, Ground Floor
Thursday, October 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Detroit’s 1xRun takes over the new digs of Joseph Gross Gallery for a solo show by artist Naturel. The geometric pieces pay tribute to gentlemen’s magazines of yore, meshed with pop art and abstraction.
Open Call: People’s Choice Show ↑
Greenpoint Gallery, 390 McGuinness Blvd
Friday, October 16, 8:00 p.m.
The people have spoken!! The one night only show is a veritable up for grabs for aspiring artists, who will have a chance to nab a cash prize. I happen to know some great artists will be exhibiting, including our favorite knitter, Pretty Offensive.
“Calm Before the Storm: Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton” ↑
Highline Loft, 508 West 26th Street, 5G
Saturday, October 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
I’m back with my most ambitious show of the year. My co-curate Natalie Kates and I are pleased to present a sprawling two-man show with Logan Hicks and Beau Stanton. This will be Logan’s last New York show before its his turn at the Bowery Mural on Houston, and Stanton will be creating an epic ship installation right in the gallery. Hope to see you there!
Open House New York ↑
Various locations all over the five boroughs
Saturday-Sunday, October 17 and 18
Every architecture nerd’s annual dream weekend is here! For one weekend only, tons of New York landmarks and architecturally amazing venues open their doors for the public to peruse. This year, an extra special venue is open–the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport! Check out the space-age space before it turns into a luxury hotel.
Welling Court Mural Project ↑
11-90 Welling Ct, Queens
Saturday-Sunday, October 17 and 18
The annual mural festival is celebrating its sixth year by teaming up with Open House New York weekend. Curated and produced by Garrison and Allison Buxton, owners of the now defunct Ad Hoc Gallery that pioneered Bushwick, the weekend brings fresh artists together with block parties, perfect for stopping by to check the new murals.
Lowline Lab Opening Weekend ↑
The Lowline Lab, 140 Essex Street
Saturday, October 17, 12:00 p.m.
The fabled Lowline Park that will take residence under the Lower East Side may seem like a pipe dream now, but the designers behind it have been toiling away these past few years, both fundraising and experimenting with technology that will illuminate the underground. Today, visit an abandoned market on Essex to check out these experiments yourself, and hopefully some day soon we’ll be picnicking under Delancey Street.
“Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch” Symposium 2015 ↑
Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue and 27th Street
Thursday–Friday, October 22–23
To accompany the epic fashion exhibition, twenty speakers discuss the impact and the influence that Susanne Bartsch has had on fashion and nightlife. Speakers include Joey Arias, a fixture of New York’s downtown performance scene; Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large for Vogue; Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador-at-Large of Barneys New York and milliner extraordinaire, Stephen Jones. The symposium is totally free with RSVP!
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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