Your Week Untapped: Best NYC Events for May 20-26

Stephen Mallon East River Ferry Untapped Cities

Photo by Stephen Mallon, one of the artists in the East River Ferry’s floating photographic exhibition.

MONDAY, MAY 20: Screening of the Restored 1927 Fritz Lang film classic Metropolis, an Association for Preservation Technology Fundraiser. 6-8pm Benefit auction with light hors d’oeuvres; 8pm film screening at Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. $50. Buy tickets here.

TUESDAY, MAY 21: THE VILLAGE: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues – A History of Greenwich Village. The work is a monumental study that captures the singular spirit and significance of a place that long shaped American arts, politics, and popular culture. A sprawling, anecdotal chronicle that begins with the earliest settlements and travels with non-stop momentum to the reinvented, affluent Village of today. 6pm at the General Society Library, 20 West 44th Street. $5 students / $10 members / $15 general admission. Email or call 212.840.1840 prompt 2.

Also on Tuesday: bOb Bar presents the Girls On Top (GOT)–UK’s first all-female graffiti crew formed in 2000 by Chock and Ned to unite female graffiti artists. Introducing NYC to 5 members (Chock, Luna, Lyns, Pixie, and Syrup), the show represents each individual’s style. Exploring the limits of graffiti aesthetics through mediums including embroidery, collage, and customized novelty items, they illustrate their experiences within a male-dominated graffiti culture. 7pm at  bOb Bar, 235 Eldridge Street. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22: Drawn to Water, a floating photographic exhibition on the East River Ferry. The series will include works curated by United Photo Industries’ Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley and Laura Roumanos, and guest curators from a group of renowned photographers, including Brooklyn-based artist Joni Sternbach’s “SurfLand,” which employs the historic wet-plate collodion process, creating one-of-a-kind tintypes that are imbued with a feeling of ambiguity, timelessness and mystery. The ferries with the photo exhibitions will operate weekdays from 6:40am-8:45pm. The East River Ferry connects east Midtown at 34th Street in Manhattan with Long Island City in Queens; Greenpoint, North and South Williamsburg, and DUMBO in Brooklyn; South Manhattan at Wall Street / Pier 11; and, in the months that it is open, Governors Island.

THURSDAY, MAY 23: Elastic City’s Spring Benefit. In the spirit of participation and collective experimentation, the evening will feature a playful array of activities, including: mini-walks through the venue by Elastic City walk artists luciana achugar, Andrés Andreani, Isabella Bruno, Nancy Nowacek, Anne Percoco, Niegel Smith and Ben Weber; live drawing by New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast; a play on the traditional photobooth by Benjamin Fredrickson and Juan Betancurth with help from Andrija Petrovic and Julian Chams; and more. 7:30-10pm at EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd floor. $40 admission with open bar / $150 VIP. Buy tickets here.

FRIDAY, MAY 24: “Admission,” an Elastic City walk. Dance artist Michelle Boulé and theater director Niegel Smith invite you to unravel the codes of museum engagement as we feel the “NYC 1993” exhibition on a walk through the New Museum. Participants will respond by warming up their senses, stretching their tastes, and singing the chords in surrounding work as we move through the gallery space. We’ll pair up, go it alone, and even gang up a bit. You won’t get caught—smartphones haven’t been invented yet. 1pm at the New Museum, 235 Bowery. $12 members / $15 general public. Buy tickets here.

SATURDAY, MAY 25: Underground Eats Craft Beer Tasting Sailing Adventure. Jump aboard New York’s largest sailing vessel with the craft beer experts from Urban Oyster, and get introduced to the wonderful, reinvigorated world of craft beer. Spend a Saturday afternoon tasting several outstanding ales and lagers paired with cheese and charcuterie while you drink in the magnificent views of the skyline of NYC. 12-1:45pm at Clipper City Public Sails, Pier 17, South Street Seaport. $60. Buy tickets here.

SUNDAY, MAY 26: Four Seasons, in the Conservatory Courtyard, is an installation of four sculptures, each standing more than 15 feet high–Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter–by contemporary American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas. Haas was inspired by the 16th-century Italian Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who painted eccentric, yet scientifically accurate, composite heads composed of flowers, ivy, moss, fungi, vegetables, fruit, bark, and branches. The colossal size of Haas’s sculpture accentuates the visual puzzle of natural forms as they are recycled to form four human portraits, each representing an individual season. 10am-6pm at the NY Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. $10 / $5 students & seniors / FREE for members.

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