Art Nerd NY’s top art, architecture, and design event picks – 6/22/-6/28

June 21, 2017

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

Tomorrow, experience a slice of New York life in 1850 at the Merchant’s House Museum or check out a modern street photographer at The Quin. Head up to the Bronx to check out two artists who have evolved from the subway art scene, then check out Astoria’s art offerings beyond the Museum of the Moving Image. Of course, there’s the biggest party of all this weekend- PRIDEFest, so put your dancing or marching shoes on. The female gaze is debunked at a beautiful show at The Untitled Space, the romance novel cover is examined and art critic Roberta Smith speaks to SVA for a free lunchtime talk.

Hilary Swift as curated by DK Johnston ↑
The Quin Hotel, 101 West 57th Street
Thursday, June 22, 7:00-9:00pm

Swift’s photographs capture surprising portraits on the streets of New York, in the vein of the time-honored tradition of “street photography,” which was perfected by Eugene Atget and Henri Cartier-Bresson. A regular contributor to The New York Times, Swift’s images capture the “decisive moments” that once drove photography into the fine art medium.

Summer Evenings in the Garden ↑
Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street
Thursday, June 22, 6:30pm

Enter a vignette into the mid-1800s, a preserved portrait of domestic life of a wealthy merchant family and their four Irish servants right on the edge of Noho/Soho/Greenwich Village. On Thursdays, the museum stays open late for cocktails and conversation in the idyllic backyard garden.

Judging by the Cover: Aesthetics of the (Anti) Romance Novel ↑
The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street
Friday, June 23, 6:30-8:00pm

Into romance novels? Michael Reynolds, the Editor-in-Chief at Europa Editions, Jennifer Tobias, MoMA Librarian, and artist Liz Linden discuss social implications of romance novels through the book cover design of Elena Ferrante’s The Neapolitan Series, Linden’s Damaged Goods, and Julia Weist’s Sexy Librarian in conversation with culture writer Alina Cohen.

Subway Remnants – SADE and TRIKE opening reception ↑
Wall Works New York, 39 Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx
Friday, June 23, 6:00-9:00pm

Head to the Bronx for an elevation of two artists who got their starts painting trains. SADE’s approach of mixing academic technique with urban subject matter and TRIKE’s continuous, free-flowing outline ink drawings are examples of other “remnants” from subway art that go further than spray paint.

Backlot Arts Festival ↑
Kaufman Arts District, various locations across Astoria
Saturday June 24, 11:00am to Sunday, June 25, 10:00pm

The Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, which centers around the Museum of the Moving Image, opens up for two days of programming art exhibitions, performances, and fun.

PrideFest NYC ↑
Hudson Street between Abingdon Square & West 14th Street
Sunday, June 25, 11:00am-6:00pm

The biggest and best celebration of PRIDE in the country! Celebrate with a street fair, guest speakers, endless parties and a performance by LeAnn Rimes.

Practice Lecture Series: Roberta Smith ↑
SVA, Room 501H, 335 West 16th Street
Tuesday, June 27, 12:30-2:00pm

Spend your lunch hour with a talk from The New York Times art critic and lecturer Roberta Smith for this free talk.

Secret Garden: The Female Gaze on Erotica ↑
The Untitled Space, 45 Lispenard Street
Tuesday, June 27, 6:00-9:00pm
It’s not just a man’s world anymore. Tonight, 40 female artists fearlessly address sexual themes in their work with a gorgeous exhibition on nudes, “the gaze,” sensuality and erotica.


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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