Times Square is offering up some pretty cool art experiences this week including a late-night 3D movie and vintage telephone booths that have been repurposed to play stories from immigrants to our great city. The High Line is holding a live chess tournament where pieces are swapped out for visitors, and Chesterfield Gallery hosts a group of artists who have swapped paint for textiles. Photographs celebrating the “limitless beauty of blackness” opens at Brilliant Champions, and artist Andrea Fraser gives a free lunchtime talk at SVA. If you’re out in the Hamptons, take some art with your beach time at Market Art + Design, and finally, rumor has it that the Kosciuszko Bridge will finally be imploded.
Sun Xun’s Time Spy, July Midnight Moment ↑
Times Square Screens
Every night in July, 11:57pm-Midnight
This month’s Midnight Moment takes it to another dimension–the 3rd dimension! In Time Spy, a violin with wings flies through a sky filled with spinning moons, while rotating machinery gives way to strange landscapes and pressure valves. Free 3D glasses will be distributed every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for passersby to view the animated film in three dimensions.
Aman Mojadidi, Once Upon a Place ↑
Duffy Square (46th Street and 7th Avenue)
Through September 5th
The voice of immigrants comes alive in this interactive installation. Visitors are invited to open the doors of three repurposed telephone booths, pick up the receiver, and listen to oral histories of immigration from the newest New Yorkers. They can also open the phone book inside each booth to read more about the storytellers’ communities both here in New York and the countries they have traveled from, and to leave behind a part of their own story if they wish. The installation will include 70 different stories that will last anywhere between two and 15 minutes.
Darren Bader, “chess: relatives:” Pick-Up Game ↑
The High Line at 13th Street
Thursday, July 6, 5:00-7:00pm
Artist Darren Bader mixes art and a game of smarts for his High Line commission. For Bader’s game, traditional chess pieces are replaced by people, making for a fun, interactive game of chess.
Market Art + Design ↑
The Bridgehampton Museum – 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY
Thursday, July 6- Sunday, July 9
If you’re lucky enough to spend the weekend in the Hamptons, be sure to get some art and culture with your beach time. This year, Market Art + Design will showcase presentations by 65 top galleries enhanced by a striking and tightly curated design component pulling from dealers and designers from around the world.
Water Me, a Solo Exhibition by Kwesi Abbensetts ↑
Brilliant Champions Gallery, 5 Central Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday, July 7, 6:00-9:00pm
Indulge in Abbenseet’s vast body of cinematic photographs that take an extravagant look into the limitless beauty of blackness.
Chesterfield Gallery, 109 Norfolk Street
Saturday, July 8, 6:00-8:00pm
Textiles take center stage, with six artists who have traded in their paints for fabric. J. Mikal Davis, London Kaye, Maureen Meyer, Ellannah Sadkin & Jason Tudor make art works that teeter on the balance between fine art and design by demonstrating unconventional techniques of textile work.
Practice Lecture Series: Andrea Fraser ↑
SVA, 335 West 16th Street, Room 501H
Tuesday, July 11, 12:30-2:00pm
Feminist performance and video artist Fraser talks about her enigmatic career that has spanned more than 30 years.
Kosciuszko Bridge Demolition ↑
Tuesday, July 11, 3:00-6:00pm
The Queens Chamber of Commerce is being secretive about the details, but the epic implosion of the rickety Kosciuszko Bridge is rumored to happen today. Their Facebook page says 3pm, but experts think it could be done during the early morning hours in order to deter big crowds of people who like to see things blown up.
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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