Pioneer Works via the Lit Up Show
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!
Times Square is abuzz this month, first with a new #MidnightMoment art flick taking over the ad screens and then with a partnership with Juxtapoz Magazine that brings a pop-up old-timey newsstand back to the area. Donald Judd’s former Soho abode welcomes guests to peruse a collection of his vibrant prints, while another artist from the very same era, John Havens Thornton, makes his first appearance back in New York since 1967. Joseph Gross Gallery opens a new ground-floor location with bold Mexican craft-inspired murals by Jet Martinez, and David Hinton explains the beauty of Chinese philosophy and art at the Rubin Museum. Sunday becomes funday with Pioneer Works’ monthly open studio party complete with live music, and for architecture nerds, the Architecture and Design Film Festival takes over theaters on 23rd Street–with a discount offered to our readers.
Shahzia Sikander’s “Gopi-Contagion” for Midnight Moment ↑
October 1-31, 11:57 p.m.-Midnight
The billboards in Times Square are being taken over every night for October with the video art of Shahzia Sikander. Hundreds of digitally animated drawings of everything from particles to the Hindu god Krishna float and move across the screen chaotically to create the idea of swarming, or collective behavior. Grab a coffee and a date and see art every night for free in Times Square!
Donald Judd: Prints ↑
The Donald Judd Foundation, 101 Spring Street
Through December 19th
The beautifully restored Soho apartment and studio of Donald Judd have been transformed into a permanent downtown art experience with changing exhibitions. The recently opened prints show of brightly colored geometric works by Judd is paired with the beauty of the cast iron architecture. Drop in for a guided tour to maximize the experience.
“Flores en Fuego”–New Works by Jet Martinez ↑
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street
October 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Joseph Gross Gallery is moving to a brand new ground-floor location and christening the space with three bright mural works by Jet Martinez. Celebrate their new space with Martinez’s bold imagery inspired by traditional Mexican art and crafts.
Juxtapoz’s T.SQ Newsstand ↑
Broadway plaza between 44th and 45th Street
Juxtapoz Magazine, Times Square Arts and artist Grotesk harken the era of the classic newsstand right in Times Square. The pop up shop will feature magazines, the Victory journal and a special artsy limited edition publication featuring Charlie Ahearn, Daniel Arnold, Barbara Kruger and more. Yet another art intervention taking over the city’s tourist mecca.
“John Havens Thornton: A Survey of Paintings Spanning Fifty Years,” Opening Brunch ↑
Amstel Gallery New York, 234 Fifth Avenue, The Yard, floors 2-5
October 11, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
The legacy of a painter who leaves New York can leave artists wondering: If a painting is painted in a forest, does it make a sound in the art world? Today, enjoy all things brunch and the quiet paintings of John Havens Thornton, an incredible painter whose last show in New York was at the Whitney Museum–in 1967. The show is an art history lesson in the making.
Second Sundays at Pioneer Works ↑
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
October 11, 4:00-10:00 p.m.
This month’s open studio and music party at Dustin Yellin’s place features live music jams by Kaleta & Zozo Afrobeat and Zenen Zeferino Y La Verdolaga en Playa. Visit the studios of 14 artists, enjoy Pioneer Works’ yard, or take a walk down the street to experience the Robotic Church at 111 Pioneer Street.
Architecture and Design Film Festival ↑
Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, 260 West 23rd Street and SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
The 7th annual ADFF is back with two venues featuring fantastic architectural films from all over the world. 6sqft readers can enjoy a special discount on tickets! Just enter the code “FLOOR” at check out.
David Hinton and Bill Jensen on the I Ching Karma ↑
Ruben Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street
October 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
David Hinton’s new translation of the I Ching, the Book of Changes pulls out visions of the cosmos as ever-changing yet harmonious. The beautiful translation coincides with the museum’s “Karma” exhibition, with Hinton relating poetry, painting and philosophy for a really interesting talk.
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.