Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Weekend, 7/16-7/19

Posted On Thu, July 16, 2015 By

Posted On Thu, July 16, 2015 By In Art, Art nerd ny, Events, 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 end of week picks for 6sqft readers!

With the wonderful warm weather we’re experiencing right now, there’s really no excuse for not getting out of the house (and especially the office) and enjoying a night on the town. This week I’ve rounded up a flurry of indoor and outdoor events that will satiate your art sensibilities, film fancies, your need to groove, and your stomach!

Start the week’s end off right tonight by heading to two shows featuring work from art world up-and-comers and photos zooming in on our dystopian future. Then follow that up by chowing down on barbecue at Adam Shopkorn’s new food and art cultural hub—which happens to have found a fascinating home in an 1849 Greek Revival row house. On Friday, take in some bites, beverages and movie at the newly revamped South Street Seaport. On Saturday, put your dancing shoes on for an epic party at MoMA PS1 under the COSMO pavilion. And then use Sunday to chill out by fixing your gaze on Annika Connor’s lush, romantic paintings, or by taking the fam and some friends over to the Rubin Museum’s annual block party.

Summer Group Show
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street
Thursday, July 16, 6:00-8:00pm

Joseph Gross Gallery has undergone some exciting rebranding this past year: a new logo, a new name, a new director. I’m excited to see some of the artists that are “new” to them that they will be trying out in tonight’s group show opening!

Rubin Museum Block party, Fort Gansevoort, CES, Joseph Gross Gallery, Queens Museum, Inclusive World,  South Street Seaport, Waking Ned Devine, Seaport film fest, Annika Connor, The Hamptons, Aperture, black Mirror

Black Mirror” 
Aperture Foundation, 547 West 27th street, floor 4
Thursday, July 16, 6:30-8:00pm

Aperture’s summer open-call show was inspired by one of my favorite shows, the British television sci-fi hit, “Black Mirror,” which eerily depicted a series of narratives about fantastical and almost realistic dystopian futures. 24 photography projects were chosen from over 500 entries, evoking the same modern paranoias that the British TV series touches on—overly advanced technology, capitalism, cultural dislocation and other topics that evoke unease. Creepy!

That’s My Name Talking,” still life drawings by CES (and BBQ!) 
Fort Gansevoort, 5 Ninth Avenue
Thursday, July 16, 7:00-10:00pm

Curator and art advisor Adam Shopkorn has opened a new food and art cultural hub, set in an 1849 Greek Revival row house. To kick off the opening of Fort Gansevoort, Shopkorn has invited seminal Bronx graffiti artist CES to share a bit of his softer side in an exhibition of 40 still life drawings. The opening will also offer up local BBQ in the gallery’s BBQ pit!

An Inclusive World” 
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Friday, July 17, 5:30-7:30pm

The traveling exhibition curated by Vida Sabbaghi hits the Queens Museum for its second iteration (the first was part of the 2013 inaugural exhibition at the newly-redesigned museum). The massive group show highlights artists using repetition, recycling and repurposing, and will take over the museum both inside and out. It’s also a great excuse to get out to Flushing Meadow and peruse the old World’s Fair grounds.

The Seaport Film and Food Festival presents “Waking Ned Devine” 
South Street Seaport
Friday, July 17, 7:00pm

The newly revamped South Street Seaport now has a cool artsy concept store, a bevy of delicious foods at Smorgasburg, and now four totally free weeks of film screenings. Friday’s event highlights Ireland, with the screening of “Waking Ned Devine,” paired with complimentary food samples and drinks from Ireland!

Rubin Museum Block party, Fort Gansevoort, CES, Joseph Gross Gallery, Queens Museum, Inclusive World,  South Street Seaport, Waking Ned Devine, Seaport film fest, Annika Connor, The Hamptons, Aperture, black Mirror, PS1 moma warm up
Boys Noize at PS1 Warm Up 
PS1 MoMA, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
Saturday, July 18, 3:00-9:00pm

Everyone’s favorite art-fueled, sweaty summer daytime party is featuring Boys Noize from Berlin this year. Dance your face off each week at the museum, while checking out the COSMO pavilion in PS1 MoMA’s courtyard and Samara Golden’s epic installation inside.

Summer Silks: Introducing the Annika Connor Hamptons Scarves 
Cashmere Outlet, 43 Jobs Lane, Southampton
Saturday-Sunday, July 18-19, 11:00am-3:00pm

And now for something totally girly, Annika Connor is known for her lush, romantic paintings. This summer, she’s appealing to the artsy Hamptons beach crowd with a new release of luxury scarves emblazoned with her gorgeous work–a way to extend your art collection into your wardrobe. The artist will be onsite, stop by from 5:00-7:00pm for a champagne toast and to chat her up about her work. She is truly lovely!

Rubin Museum Annual Block Party 
West 17th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues
Sunday, July 19th, 1:00-4:00pm

Crazy-fun for the whole family is in store, for free, this Sunday. The picturesque block of 17th Street will be transformed into a venue of performances, art activities, yoga classes, a photo booth and food, all in celebration of Himalayan Art. The party is a great way to get introduced to the incredible museum if you haven’t made it there yet.



Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Follow her on Twitter @LoriZimmer.

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