We welcome this second week of summer with open arms as the warm weather we’ve been oh so patiently waiting for brings with it plenty of amazing art and design events happening outdoors (and in). This week, Jeff Koons descends upon New York, first hitting up Rockefeller Center with his giant living floral sculpture, Split Rocker, then rounding out this verdant new work with a full on retrospective at the Whitney’s Upper East Side Breuer Building.
But if you just want to relax and recline (literally), Air France will be kicking off the weekend by bringing a little bit of Paris to New York. Three days of French flavor are planned for anyone who wants to partake, and guests will get to indulge in delicious food and drink and even take French lessons while lounging in one of Air France’s first class chairs. C’est bon!
Jeff Koons, Split Rocker
Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Open all summer
To coincide with his Whitney retrospective Jeff Koon’s giant flower-covered rocking horse head will look over the Rockefeller Center plaza. The installation is free to view 24 hours a day all summer.
DJ Small Change at the Rubin
K2 Lounge, Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17th Street
June 27, 6:30-9pm
As part of the Rubin’s Late Friday Nights, music maven DJ Small Change spins tunes to museum revelers for a party amongst the Himalayan artifacts.
PURPLE STATES & Cafe Dancer Pop-Up
Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 Tenth Avenue
June 27th, 6-8pm
Both curated by Sam Gordon, these two exciting shows bring together a hodgepodge of great artists from past and present in both outsider and “insider” art.
Seeking Space Closing Party
The Active Space, 566 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn
June 27, 7-9pm
If you missed out on Bushwick Open Studios, here’s your last chance to redeem yourself and catch the giant group show at the Active Space.
Jeff Koons: A Retrospective
Whitney Museum of American Art,945 Madison Avenue
June 27-October 19
The last exhibition in the Breuer Building before the Whitney moves to the Meatpacking district honors possibly the world’s most famous living artist, Jeff Koons.
France is in the Air Exhibition by Air France
Center 548, 22 Street & 11 Avenue
June 26-28, 11am-5pm
Air France is saying “Oui!” with three days of ice cream, free French lessons, and a chance to win flights to France. Don’t miss out on this delectable Chelsea event.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
June 28, 3-9pm, doors at 12
Finally, PS1’s fabled summer parties are here! The first one kicks off with headliner A/JUS/TED / Under the Shade. Also be sure to check out the amazing Hi-Fy Tower made of mushrooms now up in the museum courtyard.
Parallelograms (Leah Beeferman & Matthew Harvey) “Frequencies vol. 5” curated by Lost Soul Enterprises
DancBeverly’s, 21 Essex Street
June 29, 6pm-12
This bar/exhibition space/venue showcases performance on Sunday nights, pairing record label Lost Soul Enterprises with a roster of visual artists.
Dance Art Video III: Surface Tension
Otion Front Studio, 1196 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn
June 30, 8:30pm
Curated by Sigrid Lauren, this monthly event brings together experimental dance video by a bevy of artists, and often includes live performances.
The MAD Biennial
The Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
July 1- October 12, 2014
The design museum inaugurates the first NYC Maker Biennial, a collection of the best designers and collectives spanning the five boroughs.