This week in NYC, visit one of the last remaining Chelsea studio buildings, put Mark Flood on your “artists to know” list, enjoy Brooklyn Flea Food along with a very strange public art installation, and of course, get some summer dancing in with a choice between a Soul Jam Dance Off and a roller disco party called Down & Derby. For more things to do this summer, check out our Summer Art Guide.
1. Ghosts in the Machine at the New Museum
The New Museum, July 18 through September 30
Visit the museum’s latest exhibition exploring fifty years of artists’ fascination with technology at either the New Museum Block Party on July 21 or The White Party on July 25.
2. Cold Castle Studios Art Party
Cold Castle Studios, July 19, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Meet the artists, drink wine, and socialize in one of the last remaining Chelsea studio buildings, which also happens to have a spectacular lounge filled with creative splendor courtesy of the artists in the building.
3. Punk Propagandist: Mark Flood’s Hateful Years
Luxembourg & Dayan, July 18 through September 29
Mark Flood epitomized the starving artist for most of his life, but times have changed and he has become a sensation in the art world. In a recent New York Times article he talks about living in abandoned homes, working at Texaco, and being in an underground 80s band.
4. This Is How New York Supports Democracy
July 17 and ongoing
In NYC, democracy means having the right to eat with hip people at hard-to-get-into places. By the time you are reading this you’ll have missed the first Downtown for Democracy dinner at artist Dustin Yellin’s studio-meets-museum, but you can still mingle with New York’s creative set at dinners hosted by the likes of restaurateur Serge Becker and fashion writer Stephanie LaCava.
5. Under the Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge Park, July 19 through April 26
Artist Oscar Tuazon has created an installation in Brooklyn Bridge Park that consists of tree sculptures, a fountain, a small room, and some combination of a basketball hoop and a handball wall. Check this out on the 19th and 20th while munching on fine local food at a two-day pop-up of Brooklyn Flea’s famous food fest.
6. Go Solo in the LES
Go stag and discover the work of emerging artists through solo shows by Tony Ingrisano at Lesley Heller and Jerry Blackman at Toomer Labzda. Afterwards find a partner at the superbly and “artfully” hidden cocktail bar Fig. 19.
"Opening july 18 at Lesley Heller and July 19 at Toomer Labzda
7. Art at the Beach in the Hamptons
Bridgehampton Historical Society, July 19 through July 22
Grab one of the new Yoko Ono or Jasper Johns beach towels from our friends at GREY AREA at artMRKT Hamptons (get a VIP Pass on us) and then down a Bellafonte Margarita at Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk.
8. Soul Clap and Dance Off
Glasslands Gallery, July 21
Legendary soul DJ Jonathan Toubin is back at it, spinning rare 1960s soul 45s at Williamsburg favorite Glasslands.
9. Dance, Drink, Rollerskate, and Try Not To Kill Yourself
Dekalb Market., July 20
Not much else to say but make sure your ObamaCare has kicked-in or borrow some hockey pads.
10. Group shows keep openin’ and we keep listin’ em:
In plain sight
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, July 19 through August 17
Lesley Heller Workspace, July 18 through August 17
Brenda Giegerich & Kaethe Kauffman
Kathleen Cullen, July 19 through August 17
Nancy Margolis Gallery, July 12 through August 4
Gli amori difficili
Scaramouche, July 12 through August 10
Up Against It
Munch Gallery, July 21 through August 11
Venus Over Manhattan, July 20 through August 24
The Forces Behind
DOOSAN Gallery, July 19 through August 18