This week in NYC, enjoy the warm weather on the Met roof, explore the Martian landscape at the Park avenue Armory, and party for your favorite non-profits at their annual benefits. For full listings of the week’s events, check our calendar.
1. Celebrate the Growing Arts Community in Long Island City
Various locations, May 12 – 20
This week is the second annual LIC Arts Open, check their schedule for performances, readings, exhibitions, and open studios.
2. Enjoy the View from Tomás Saraceno’s Cloud City
Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 15 – Nov 4
For this year’s Met rooftop installation, Tomás Saraceno has designed a series of futuristic, interconnected modules for visitors to explore.
3. Join Tom Sachs on a Mission to Mars
The Park Avenue Armory, May 16 – June 17
Tom Sachs has taken over the 55,000 square foot turbine hall at the Park Avenue Armory with an immersive installation approximating the tools, environments, and rituals of a mission to Mars.
4. Spring Benefits All Week Long
The week is jam-packed for supporters of the arts: start out with the Queens Museum of Art’s Annual Gala on Wednesday, then MAD’s L.E.D. Ball, the first ever Performa Benefit, Patti Smith at the Noguchi Spring Benefit, and DJ Mia Moretti at the Identities Art Party at Milk Gallery.
Both Hunter and Purchase College hold their MFA thesis exhibitions this week, and Cooper Union’s “End of Year Show” opens on Monday.
6. Frank Stella: New Work
FreedmanArt, May 17 – Sept 27
After fifty years, this pioneer of minimalism is still producing amazing work. Although he began his career as a painter, over time he has moved towards more three-dimensional works, which will be on view at FreedmanArt through the Summer.
7. Hear the Secret Sounds of Cities at the McKittrick Hotel
The McKittrick Hotel, May 17, 10:30 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Storefront for Art and Architecture presents the Secret Sounds of Cities, a sound performance curated by Daniel Perlin. Artists from around the world will present audio performances based on their interpretations of different cities, followed by a dance party. The guest list is full, but you can still RSVP for the waitlist or listen to the mixtapes online.
Looking for a new place to start your weekend? Nightlife veterans Danny Kane of The Gates and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only have opened a new watering hole on the East side of town.
This annual fundraiser for Tribeca’s public elementary schools brings together chefs from over seventy area restaurants. Events include a kickoff cocktail party at Macao Trading Company and a cook off based around local ingredients.
Join ARTLOG for an intimate tour of five of Chelsea’s top galleries. The tour will conclude with a champagne tasting from VITIS and chocolate from K. Chocolatiers.