Art Nerd NY’s top art, architecture, and design event picks – 6/8-6/14

June 8, 2017

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

This week we wish a very happy birthday to architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright. Celebrate the event with admission to the Wright-designed Guggenheim for just $1.50! The Transit Museum is also celebrating with 100 years, and the Welling Court Mural Festival celebrates eight! Experience the Philip Johnson Glass House in a whole new way during its summer soiree party, or grab a blanket for The Met Opera’s first free outdoor concert. The River to River Festival kicks off free programming with a performance by The Dance Cartel, and Quiet Lunch Magazine drops another issue with a party. Finally, immerse yourself in an arty evening with Chashama’s gala at the old Vogue offices.

Chashama Gala After Party – Art is Everywhere ↑
4 Times Square
Thursday, June 8, 9:00pm-12:00am

Celebrate Chashama, the non-profit that connects artists with temporary exhibition spaces owned by the Durst Organizall-encompassingncompassing art event takes over the former Conde Nast offices, offering a chance to step into the kaleidodrome, play in the Zygote garden, or visit the Pleasure Palace. Be sure to dress your best.

Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birthday Celebration ↑
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue
Thursday, June 8, 10 am–5:45 pm

Happy 150th Birthday, Frank Lloyd Wright! The Gugg is celebrating big time, with $1.50 admission, a display of rarely seen photographs of the museum during its construction, cupcakes, special tours, and a celebration of Wright’s life.

10th Anniversary Summer Party ↑
Philip Johnson Glass House, 199 Elm St, New Canaan, CT
Saturday, June 10, 12:00-4:00pm

My favorite event of the year, take a drive to the gorgeous Mid Century Modern Philip Johnson Glass House for their summer soiree. Explore the grounds freely and find your perfect nook with a complimentary picnic lunch, then check out the new exhibitions by Julian Schnabel and Robert Indiana. There will also be a special performance by Jonah Bokaer Choreography. It is truly a magical place and feat of architectural wonder, and for one day, its yours!

8th Annual Welling Court Mural Project ↑
11-90 Welling Court, Queens
Saturday, June 10, 12:00-8:00pm

Spend the day perusing the new, existing, and in-progress murals, curated by Garrison Buxton of Ad Hoc art. Meet the artists and check out their process.

Quiet Lunch Launch Party ↑
Ideal Glass Gallery, 22 East 2nd Street
June 10, 8:00pm

The arts and culture print magazine (yes, there are still some of those!) celebrates the release of its latest issue…which includes an interview of Ellannah Sadkin by me. Come buy a copy, enjoy some music, and meet the contributors.

Party on Wheels 100th Birthday Celebration ↑
New York Transit Museum, Corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street
Sunday, June 11, 9:00-11:00am

New York Transit Museum will celebrate the 100th birthday of its vintage Lo-V subway cars with a party for the whole family! Ride historic trains, pose for a family photo in the conductor’s cab of a vintage train, work on a craft project with friends, and sing Happy Birthday to the Museum’s 100-year-old Lo-V subway cars while enjoying bagels and birthday cake for breakfast.

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series ↑
Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield
Monday, June 12, 8:00 pm

Tonight kicks off the Met’s free concert series in New York City parks across all five boroughs. Tonight’s concert features three favorites: soprano Susanna Phillips, tenor Stephen Costello and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong.

The Dance Cartel’s R2R Living Rooms for River to River Festival ↑
Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place
Wednesday, June 14, 6:00-8:00pm

The River to River Festival is here! The Dance Cartel kicks off the Festival with a vibrant, unexpected evening of live dance and music performance and creates social-creative hubs as part of R2R Living Rooms. The start of each evening will feature an outdoor performance by The Dance Cartel followed by a rotation of guest artists/DJs in collaboration with The Cartel, yielding a unique on-the-spot improvisation and inviting audiences to participate in the shifting landscape of a Cartel experience.


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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