Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week, 7/23-7/29

July 23, 2015

Image courtesy of SIDELUCK

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!

For those of you who don’t have plans to jet set abroad this last weekend before August, there are still plenty of cultural treats to quench your thirst. The famed Slideluck Potshow is taking to the high seas, bringing their well-loved evening of art projections on board the Lilac. Faux-minimalist takes over an unlikely venue—a high-end cleaner—while seminal White Columns Gallery celebrates their summer party. Damien Hirst’s Soho mecca heads to the Hamptons, and the Gowanus Ballroom brings us a bevy of talented artists plus the guy who jumps around in his underwear in Union Square. Kids and adults alike can celebrate family day at the awesome Jeppe Hein exhibition now showing at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, or they can head to the Bell House to hear their favorite talk radio personalities. Finally, cap it all off at the last day of the New York Musical Theater Festival.

Aboard the LILAC, Pier 25 (West Street and North Moore Street)
Thursday, July 23rd, 6:00pm doors, 8:30pm slideshow

This boat is real! Step on board this 1933 lighthouse tender for an evening of drink (The Brooklyn Brewery and Souverain Wine), light fare (Dune Studios), and a slideshow of 18 artworks curated by SLIDELUCK and BOND/360.
The faux-Minimalist, curated by Ren Mele 
Nolita Cleaning Co., 149 Elizabeth Street
Thursday, July 23, 6:00-9:00pm

This summer show brings three artists interested in the minimal worlds of video game imagery to an unlikely venue: the Nolita Cleaning Co. Organized by Rene Melchor and Gabrielle Segal, the exhibit features work of Timothy Hutchings, Lucia Love, and Matthew Stone.

White Columns Summer Party 
320 West 13th Street
Thursday, July 23, 6:00-9:00pm

The seminal gallery celebrates their annual summer jam. This year features Katherine Bernhardt and Youssef Jdia’s “Magic Flying Carpets of the Berber Kingdom of Morocco.”

Glenn Horowitz Booksellers
87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
Thursday through Monday, July 23–July 27

Damien Hirst’s New York flagship buddies up with the Hampton’s legendary bookseller. This weekend’s pop-up will feature rare books and drawings paired with prints and multiples by Harland Miller, Ashley Bickerton, Gary Hume, Richard Prince, John Isaacs, Polly Borland, Rachel Howard, Michael Joo, Sue Webster, and Hirst himself.

Borrowed Paths, Broken Rules” 
Gowanus Ballroom, 55 9th Street bldg 37D
Saturday, July 25, 2:00pm-12:00am

A mixed-media, all-encompassing show with an impressive list of exhibiting artists and performances. I particularly love the intricate photo-realistic weavings of Lala Abaddon, the laser-cut illuminated fantasies of Julia Sinelnikova, and the calm brushed steel paintings of Miya Ando. The eve will also be packed with performances, including Matthew Silver—who you may have seen in Union Square doing some sort of performance in nothing but his afro and green underwear.

Jeppe Hein: Please Touch the Art, Family Day 
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, Granite Terrace
Sunday, July 26, 12:00pm

Public Art Fund is partnering with the Children’s Museum of the Arts to invite families to engage in the park-wide exhibition. Kids will utilize patterned paper to create camouflage creatures that blend into their patterned surroundings and create their own wearable bird wings. I’m sure some adults will be joining in the crafting fun as well!


Tape Festival: A Celebration of Public Radio 
The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 26, 9:00pm

An evening of advice and knowledge from a roster of the best voices in podcasts and public radio. The first show at 7:00 is sold out, but the 9:00 event still has plenty of tickets, sold on a sliding scale.

New York Musical Theater Festival 
Various Locations
Monday, July 27, closing day

The last day of the New York Musical Theater Festival ends with hours of performances on the day theaters are usually dark. Catch a musical, a concert celebrating Broadway’s next stars, and end it with a big party at Urbo. Yes, this is not your ordinary Monday.



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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