Art Nerd NY’s top art, architecture, and design event picks – 6/1-6/7

June 1, 2017

Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer shares her top art, design and architecture event picks for 6sqft readers!

Tis finally outdoor movie screening season! This week, the French Embassy’s Films on the Green debuts at Central Park and Yotel’s Midtown Rooftop Cinema kick off your movie-under-the stars summer. The Sing For Hope Pianos are back, beckoning your musical stylings across the five boroughs. Design mavens can network on the Intrepid for the annual IDLNY Gala, and Perkins + Will open their doors for drinks and discussion with the Architectural League. The Other Fair brings a host of international artists to Greenpoint, while Lars Jan’s short film comes to Times Square for the month. Finally, do not miss the debut of British artist Lucy Sparrow’s all-felt bodega, which takes over the Biergarten at the Standard High Line for three weeks!

Holoscenes by Lars Jan/Early Morning Opera #Midnightmoment ↑
Times Square, various screens
Thursday, June 1- Friday, June 30, 11:45pm-midnight

Every night in June, “Holoscenes” by Lars Jan / Early Morning Opera takes over some of the screens in Times Square for 3 minutes. The film is a visceral and visual performative collision of the human body and water, born of the concern that as global sea levels rise, flooding and drought will become the central issues of the 21st century. For the first 3 nights, enjoy a free performance on the Broadway Plaza between 46th & 47th Sts from June 1 – 3, 6pm – 11pm nightly.

Interior Designers for Legislation in NY 2017 Gala at the Intrepid ↑
Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue
Thursday, June 1, 7:00pm

Celebrate the best of the interior design world at the IDLNY’s annual gala- aboard the iconic Intrepid. Tickets include booze, food, and help support advocacy.

The Other Fair ↑
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street
Thursday, June 1-Sunday, June 4

The successful artist-lead art fair has gained audiences in London, Bristol and Sydney, and now comes to New York for its first stateside edition. The fair will have 110 hand-picked artists from around the world, as well as events, live music, and programming.

Architectural League’s First Friday ↑
Perkins + Will, 215 Park Avenue South, 4th Floor
Friday, June 2, 6:30pm

The first Friday of every month, the Architectural League chooses a leading design office to open their doors for drinks, conversation, and a behind-the-scenes look at their ongoing work. This month, become a member and check out the people behind Perkins + Will’s award winning designs.

Films on the Green-Potiche (Trophy Wife), by Ozon, selected by Wanda Sykes ↑
Central Park, 79th Street & Fifth Avenue
Friday, June 2, 8:30pm

The annual French films festival kicks off tonight, with a selection by comedian and actress Wanda Sykes, who shares her “love [of] satire and stories with strong female leads” by presenting Francois Ozon’s lighthearted comedy, Potiche (Trophy Wife) in Central Park. The free screenings, put on by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and NYC Parks, feature French movies with English subtitles, and take place at parks around the city through summer.

LOGAN at Yotel’s Rooftop Cinema Club ↑
Yotel, 570 Tenth Avenue
Saturday, June 3, 9:30pm

Catch a movie–and the sunset–amidst the glittering towers of Midtown, on Yotel’s gorgeous rooftop. Another great outdoor summer movie series, tickets here include comfy seats, popcorn, a glass of bubbly, and of course, stellar views of our city.

Sing For Hope Pianos ↑
Various locations around NYC’s parks and public spaces
Monday, June 5- Friday, June 30

For three weeks, the city becomes an open-air concert venue, as Sing For Hope places hundreds of artist-painted pianos around the five boroughs. After the fun, the pianos are donated to local public schools to continue encouraging love for the arts.

8 Till Late, a Felt Convenience Store by Lucy Sparrow ↑
The Standard High Line Biergarten, 69 Little West 12th Street
Monday, June 5- Friday, June 30

For four weeks, the 1,200-square-foot Biergarten will be transformed into a felted paradise honoring the New York icon, the bodega. Sparrow is known for creating large-scale, detail-packed felt installations in London (she’s created a felt sex shop and corner shop in the past), and now she takes on the classic Manhattan bodega—from candy to cereal, frozen pizza to Band-Aids—all hand-stitched in the inimitable Lucy Sparrow style.


Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator, and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Lori is also the author of two books, The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse and The Art of Spray Paint. Follow her on Twitter @ArtNerdNY or Instagram @TheLoriZimmer

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