Killer Weekend In NYC!

Memorial Day’s over and the long, languorous summer has begun. Whether you’ve got a timeshare in the Hamptons or a small beach chair set up at the window of your alley-view apartment, you can no doubt make a bit of time for our awesome events. BBQ gallery birthdays and German-style ping pong? Dive on in!

Thursday May 30, 2013

A.I.R. Gallery – Nancy Lasar, Barbara Roux, Lillian Gerson openings – 6pm

The fine folks at A.I.R. Gallery just closed three shows last weekend and they’re right up to bat again with three more. Stop by on Thursday for a triple opening: Nancy Lasar’s painting-focused solo exhibition, Barbara Roux’s photographs, and new works from A.I.R. fellow Lillian Gerson. No better place to get good bang for your buck– especially since the whole thing’s free!

Storefront Bushwick – Patrick Berran and Jack Henry – 6pm

In one room of Storefront Bushwick, Patrick Berran and Jack Henry’s works straddle and erase boundaries between sculpture and painting. Meanwhile, in Storefront’s Project Space, an exhibition on “Schmatte,” or discarded trash, features plastic bags gussied up with yarn, among other meditations on trash. I know you like dirty—so get on down there!

The Kitchen – Either/ Or Performance – 8pm [Tickets: $15]

The eighth annual Either/Or Festival of contemporary chamber music kicks off with performances from Anthony Coleman, Ian Power and Jin Hi Kim, among others. Catch the best of American and European contemporary chamber music on Thursday, then stop on by for a second dose on Friday.

Friday May 31, 2013

Leo Koenig Inc – General Inn opening – 6pm

Leo Koenig, one half of Art Parasites’ favorite sibling gallerists, presents his third show by artist Frank Nitsche. The exhibition includes a series of brand new paintings, along with two columns of cans covered with commercial kitsch stickers collected from Nitsche’s travels around the world.

Pips – Berlin-Style Ping-Pong Party – 9pm

American Tripps, a Berlin-style Ping-Pong party based in San Francisco makes a pit stop in NYC for a round of ping-pong at Brooklyn’s Pips. Stop on by, hit a few balls in the classic German style (which is, needles to say, kinky) and bask in the cultural benefits of our globalized world.

Arts in Bushwick at 3rd Ward – Seeking Space: Bushwick Open Studios – 7-11:30pm [Opening Reception]

For the fourth consecutive year, Arts in Bushwick presents a series of open studios. The opening features work from visual artists across the community along with DJ sets, installation art and video projections. Oh, and did we mention the bar sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery? My guess is you’ll want to toddle your tipsy butt on down there.

Saturday June 1, 2013

3rd Ward – 3rd Ward 7th Birthday BBQ – 2-10pm

3rd Ward—perennial favorite for performances, exhibitions, and classes—is having a birthday! Stop on by for burgers and fries cooked from the blood of innocent artists. I mean—the artists will be there. They’ll just be there. Laughing and socializing. Definitely not cooked. Or baked.

ISSUE Project Room – L'Écume des jours’ 8pm

Composer Bojan Vuletic has drawn influences from French writer and polymath Boris Vian for the newest installment in his "RecomposingArt" cycle. The work draws partly from Vian’s fiction and partly from artworks that have inspired Vuletic, which he has transformed into new works of music.

La Mama – NOT OVER: 25 Years of Visual AIDS – 6pm

Bringing together artists from the start of the AIDS epidemic to the present, the curators of this exhibition show how artists have responded to the devastating disease from its beginnings into the present day. With the exhibit, the curators hope “to use art as a means to educate, encourage discussion and inform the public that AIDS IS NOT OVER.”

Article by Christopher Shea