Get your fill of art, fashion, and museums with our specially selected pick of this week’s best New York City events!
Monday, September 29th
Owning a quality work of art seems like a far off dream to many, especially in New York’s astronomically expensive fine art market. The Affordable Art Fair from Sept 26-29 seeks to bridge the divide between art appreciation and ownership, inviting “50 local and international galleries to exhibit a huge array of affordable contemporary art, with pieces by established names hanging alongside work by the emerging stars of tomorrow.” Monday is the last day of the event, so head to the Tunnel venue at 269 11th Avenue in Chelsea, the art gallery hub of New York City, between the hours of 11 am and 6 pm. Check out some of the artwork for sale here.
Tuesday, September 30th
The Chanel brand is often associated with France, where Coco Chanel made her name an international standard in women’s fashion. We were surprised to hear that her time in New York City was instrumental in the survival of her brand. To learn more, we recommend checking out The Museum of the City of New York’s event: A Classic American Look: How New York Saved Coco Chanel. Author Rhonda Garelick will launch her book Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History, and discuss Chanel’s life on the streets of Broadway with New Yorker staff writer and award-winning author, Judith Thurman. The event starts at 6:30 pm with a book signing and reception afterwards. Click here for all the details.
At 7 pm at the New Museum, Academy-award winning director Darren Aronofsky and novelist and critic Lynne Tillman will speak as part of the annual Stuart Regen Visionaries Series, “which honors leading international thinkers and creators in the fields of art, architecture, design, dance, film, literature, and technology, and marks a commitment by the New Museum to consider their effects on culture at large.” Aronofsky is known for films such as Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, and Tillman for her novels that include American Genius, A Comedy. Join the conversation by submitting your RSVP for the event, or watch the live stream online.
Wednesday, October 1st
Word on the street is the New York accent is disappearing. But even though you may not hear “toity-toid and toid” in Manhattan, you can still hear strains in Bensonhurst, Whitestone, or Tottenville. In “If These Knishes Could Talk,” filmmaker Heather Quinlan, has gathered accent experts, official and non, to weigh in on what it means to tawk the talk in a city that may be slowly trying to quiet the noise. Joining Heather at a screening at City Lore will be Dominick Ferraro, a retired painter featured in the film who grew up with Martin Scorsese on Elizabeth Street in Little Italy. Ticket holders are invited to join for a post-screening knish reception. Tickets here.
At 6:30 pm, maritime scholar Bill Miller will be giving an illustrated lecture at the Museum of the City of New York entitled “Maritime Royalty: The Life and Times of the Queen Mary.” Learn about luxury art deco ocean liner that transported celebrities like Clark Gable and Winston Churchill, and its “80-year history as a passenger vessel, as a World War II troopship, and now as a historic hotel.” The actual hotel lives in Long Beach, California and is home to three world class restaurants! For more boating fun, check out Look Inside the Floating Library On the Lilac Museum Steampship in NYC and SS Columbia, Oldest US Passenger Steamer Moves from Detroit to NYC to Run on Hudson River.
October 1st marks the first day of the month-long event Archtober, an initiative of The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation. This month the public will have an unique opportunity to attend more “than 150 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions happening at the Center for Architecture and collaborating institutions across the city.” We are excited about the “Building of the Day” project, which will feature daily site tours of led by the architects of New York’s most interesting spaces and structures. The first day of the line-up will begin with a tour of The Public Theater at Astor Place led by Ennead Architects, the masterminds behind the space’s major renovation. You can follow and RSVP for any of these tours here.
Friday, October 3rd
Over 200 artists working in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint are opening their studios to the public for Greenpoint Open Studios, an annual three day event that begins this Friday evening. Head to the launch party at the bar Dirck the Norseman at 8 pm where you can rub shoulders with the artists and dance to a live DJ. Visit the event’s website for more information on the participating artists.
Saturday, October 4th
This Saturday evening from 4 to 7pm at the 12th Avenue Viaduct on 125th Street The West Harlem Art Fund is hosting an “interactive, tour-based intervention where participants will view a dancework choreographed by Ellen Maynard and Autumn Scoggan; use their smartphones to scan codes matched with graffiti letterings by artist Lady K Fever under the 12th Avenue viaduct and then engage with multiple digital artworks.” The event coincides with the same weekend as Nuit Blanche, or the Festival of Lights, an all-night cultural celebration of France. Get your tickets early! Untapped Cities contributor Lynn Lieberman attended one of these installations and shared her magical experience here.
Sunday, October 5th
As part of the Archtober festival, guides from the American Institute of Architects of New York are giving two boat tours that take visitors on a journey through along the “‘starchitecture’ skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan and icons of the East River.” The Sunday tours take place at 1:30 and 5 pm. Reserve your spot here!
Check out our upcoming Untapped Cities events including tours of the Woolworth Building, a tour the Tenderloin, NYC’s former cradle of vice, and a tour of the Brooklyn Army Terminal.
Any events that you are excited about for this week? Share them with Anna Brown at her Twitter handle @brooklynbonanza.