Art Nerd New York’s Top Event Picks for the Week – 5/12-5/18

In a city where hundreds of interesting happenings occur each week, it can be hard to pick and ch

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!

Design week is here, with enough trade-show events to make your head spin. Not to miss is the massive ICFF and Dwell on Design, two places to hit for the absolute latest and greatest in contemporary design. Take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy a cocktail al fresco while viewing the new Ivan Argote sculpture at the Standard High Line, or head out to Sunset Park and meander through the massive Industry City’s open studios. The Judd Foundation creates a dialogue with James Rosenquist’s work, and Swizz Beats’ ex puts on her curatorial hat for an all-female show at Joseph Gross Gallery. Visit LA artist Marc Horowitz’s New York debut at Johannes Vogt, and discover your inner adventurist in a one-night pop up by NY Adventure Club, featuring their members’ death-defying photos of our beloved city.

Iván Argote’s ‘Strengthlessness’ ↑ The Standard High Line, 848 Washington Street Through October 2016 Installed to welcome guests for Frieze week, the Standard teamed up with blue chip Galerie Perrotin to bring Argote’s distorted architectural wonder. The sculpture, a giant obelisk which curves and bends over the plaza, is a take on the Egyptian Obelisk, clad in concrete and gold and stretching 12 feet tall and 30 feet long- and is free to visit, contemplate, and of course photograph.

Art LeadHERS curated by Mashonda Tifrere ↑ Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 West 28th Street Through May 28th If you missed the opening last week, make sure you stop by this all-female exhibition, curated by Swizz Beats’ ex. The exhibition features gorgeous work by artists like Swoon, Lacy Barry, Alison Mosshart, Sandra Chevrier and Lala Abaddon.

Marc Horowitz, (Complaining): It’s surprisingly beautiful in here” ↑ Johannes Vogt Gallery, 526 West 26th Street Through May 29 LA artist Horowitz makes his New York debut with a departure from his usual video, web-based and performance work in a new series of sculpture, paintings and drawings that fuse Old Master classicism with New Age vibes.

James Rosenquist, curated by Flavin Judd ↑ The Judd Foundation, 101 Spring Street Friday, May 13, 1:00-5:30pm The beautiful cast-iron space that was once Donald Judd’s studio creates a dialogue between the works of Judd and fellow artist James Rosenquist, including “Time Dust–Black Hole,” a 35-foot, billboard-sized painting from 1992.

Dwell on Design ↑ 540 West 21st Street Friday, May 13-Sunday, May 15 The pages of Dwell magazine come to life for NYCxDesign week. Design mavens Dwell have curated 20 of their favorite designers to showcase their brands along with three days of informative design-related talks.

New York Adventure Club’s UrbExpo ↑ Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas Saturday, May 14, 8:00-11:00pm A one-night-only, pop-up exhibition featuring the photos of New York’s boldest and bravest urban explorers, showing their adventures throughout the hidden New York City and beyond. Photos will also be for sale at affordable prices to take a piece of adventure home with you.

Industry City Open Studios ↑ 274 36th Street, Brooklyn Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 1:00-6:00pm Industry City Studios of Sunset Park opens its doors to the public with this artist-organized, open-studio event featuring 75 painters, photographers, jewelry makers, sculptors, stained-glass makers and textile designers.

ICFF ↑ Jacob Javits Center, 655 West 34th Street Saturday, May 14 – Monday, May 17 Check out all that is new in contemporary furniture design under the sprawling roof of the Javits Center. The 28th rendition of the annual fair features top designers from around the world, as well as educational programming, demonstrations and lectures.


Lori Zimmer is a writer, curator and founder of Art Nerd New York, an off-beat art history guide to the city. Lori also recently released her first book through Rockport Publishers, The Art of Cardboard: Big Ideas for Creativity, Collaboration, Storytelling, and Reuse. Follow her on Twitter @LoriZimmer.