When autumn rolls into New York City, the fall arts season heats up with museum exhibits, gallery openings, art fairs and more to keep us culturally fulfilled through shorter days and colder nights. Below are our top picks and suggestions for the season’s art whirl, from an all new MoMA to open studios in Bushwick.
Bushwick Open Studios
Our ongoing series Apartment Living 101 is aimed at helping New Yorkers navigate the challenges of creating a happy home in the big city. This week, Art Nerd New York founder Lori Zimmer shares her top spots for scoring affordable art in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn has become the place to be for creatives, especially as artists have migrated from Soho and the East Village to Williamsburg, Bushwick, and beyond. Now, blue-chip galleries are sprouting up Brooklyn locations, art fairs have Brooklyn outposts, and artists studios are thriving in neighborhoods all over the borough. Despite the rise of Brooklyn arts (and rents), there are still places to procure affordable art, all while supporting the artists struggling to survive in a very competitive market.
In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and choose your way to a fulfilling life. Art Nerd‘s philosophy is a combination of observation, participation, education and of course a party to create the ultimate well-rounded week. Jump ahead for Art Nerd founder Lori Zimmer’s top picks for 6sqft readers!
Starting this weekend, a miniature Redwood forest grows in Brooklyn thanks to the Public Art Fund. Female artists take on the self portrait at the Untitled Space, while Salomon Art Gallery hosts a Beggars Banquet. Countless artists open their doors for Bushwick Open Studios, where you’re also welcome to channel your inner artist at Jacked Fashion Camp. The Queens Museum celebrates a book launch by Rebecca Solnit, and the City Reliquary highlights Philip Johnson’s Queens landmark. Finally, add to your art collection and stop by the Affordable Art Fair in Manhattan all weekend long.
- The Return of Cake Man Raven: Price hikes pushed him out of Greenpoint but Cake Man Raven is preparing for a comeback and Brooklyn Magazine is on the trail with details of the baker’s decadent return.
- Luxury in Bushwick?: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… Maserati? No doubt Bushwick is growing and the Maseratis that pulled up at the Brooklyn Open Studios is further proof of that. Bedford and Bowery discusses the excitement and fear of a growing area.
- A “Spacious” Micro Loft: The two terms seem inherently oxymoronic but according to Curbed, Specht Harpman Architects achieved the impossible, and they’ve got the pics to prove it.
- School for the Blind to Get a $38 Mil Makeover: Selis Manor, NYC’s first public housing for the blind, is ready to join the 21st century. DNAinfo has more on the long overdue renovation.
- High-end Shopping on Ebay: Ebay’s has just launched Designer Collective, where major fashion designers like Calvin Klein sell their clothes at full price. FastCo. has more on the story.
- Take a Look at the World’s Last Swimming Elephant: No, you’re not seeing things. Back in the day they used to actually teach elephants to swim. Gizmodo has mind-blowing footage of the last of its kind.
Images: Cake Man Raven’s red velvet cake (left), Specht Harpman Architects micro loft (right)