This week in NYC, we’ve got some events to ease your art-hangover from Frieze week. Catch Clybourne Park at the Walter Kerr Theater, drink some award-winning cocktails at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and dance to Afrika Bambaataa at MoMA PS1.
The city’s three largest auction houses open their doors for both day and night contemporary art sales.
2. See the Critically-Acclaimed Clybourne Park
Walter Kerr Theater, through July 15
After winning London’s Olivier award for best play last year and premiering to rave reviews in New York, Clybourne Park was nominated for four Tonys last week. Get your tickets now before they sell out!
3. The Met Costume Institute Presents Prada and Schiaparelli
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Opens May 10
The Met will need two fashion powerhouses to top last year’s McQueen show. Impossible Conversations juxtaposes the careers of two strong female designers, Elsa Schiaparelli, who worked in the 1930s, and Miuccia Prada.
4. ISCP Residents Open Studios and Performances
ISCP, May 11-13
ISCP’s residency program hosts artists and curators from around the world. This weekend, they open their studios and show off their work during a program of lectures, performances, and screenings.
5. Rooftop Films Opening Night
Open Road Rooftop, May 11, 8 pm.
Rooftop Films celebrates the opening of its fifteenth season of screenings en plein air with an evening of short films based around social and political activism. After-party to follow.
6. Learn How to Make the Perfect Old Fashioned at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic
Various Locations, May 11-15
Although the Cocktail Classic’s opening night gala at the NYPL sold out almost instantly, there are still dozens of workshops and events throughout the weekend. We recommend the Bowmore Scotch tasting and Sleep No More performance at the McKittrick Hotel.
7. Browse the Closets of Downtown’s Nightlife Mavens
Greenhouse, May 12, 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Ladyfag presents PopSouk, a daytime marketplace at Greenhouse nightclub. Artists, musicians, drag queens, and other downtown personalities will sell pieces from their outrageously curated closets as well as original designs. This is the ultimate flea market.
8. Prune Nourry Performs at the Invisible Dog Art Center
Invisible Dog Art Center, May 12, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
This exhibition will retrace the steps of Nourry’s monumental procession in India, in which she enlisted local artisans to create an eighteen-foot imaginary deity and march it to the Ganges Rives. The exhibition will open with a performance by the artist.
9. Afrika Bambaataa to Spin at MoMA PS1’s Final Sunday Session of the Season
MoMA PS1, May 13, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m
Afrika Bambaataa, the father of hip-hop. Need we say more?
10. Visual AIDS VAVA Voom Benefit Celebrates Activists and Artists
Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Arts, May 14, 6:00 p.m.
For its third annual Spring Benefit, Visual AIDS will host a cabaret-themed evening with a live auction and awards ceremony. The Vanguard Award will honor exemplary advocates of the Visual AIDS Foundation.