Celebrate the arts in New York with festivals for film, museums, Brooklyn neighborhoods, and even burlesque. You can also party with Artlog and Modern Painters to support the downtown arts non-profit Art in General and meet an urban chicken at Parsons.
1. Party for Art in General
Allegra LaViola Gallery, September 29, 9:00 p.m.-midnight
Come join Artlog, Modern Painters, and Société Perrier at Art in General’s annual fall party, featuring performance art, a DJ, an open bar, and a raffle. All proceeds fund Art in General’s exhibitions and programs!
2. The World’s Premiere Art Book Fair
Long Island City, September 28-30
Publishers, presses, artists, and booksellers from around the world will converge on MoMA PS1 for the seventh annual NY Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter. While you’re there, check out all the workshops, and discussions.
3. International Museum Day
In honor of International Museum Day, get free admission to museums spanning Storm King Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.
4. The New York Film Festival Turns Fifty
Lincoln Center, September 28-October 14
For fifty years the New York Film Festival and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have introduced Americans to directors from François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard to Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson.
5. Dumbo Arts Festival
Dumbo, September 28-30
Head to Dumbo for exhibitions, installations, public art, digital art, and outdoor projections from over five hundred participating artists.
6. Atlantic Antics
Atlantic Avenue: Hicks Street to Fourth Avenue, September 30, noon-6:00 p.m.
Atlantic Antic is the largest street fair in New York City, spanning four neighborhoods and a myriad of cultures.
7. Meet an Urban Chicken
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, September 28-December 15
This huge program of workshops and projects is as interdisciplinary as they come: learn about raising urban chickens, track down some cod with Chez Panisse’s Jerome Waag, and explore the ecological landscape of Greenwich Village.
8. New York Burlesque Festival
Brooklyn and Manhattan, September 27-30
The tenth annual Burlesque Festival promises nonstop parodies, performances, parties, and even the Golden Pastie Awards.
Lucas Samaras: XYZ
Pace Gallery (508 W. 25th), September 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Lucas Samaras is already known for his drawings, furniture, jewelry, paintings, photographs, sculptures, and installations. Now you can add psychedelic digital prints to that list.
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Brooklyn Museum, September 28-January 20
Mickalene Thomas’s colorful, collage-like paintings of African American women draw on art historical references while evoking 1970s America.
Body and Spirit: Andres Serrano 1987-2012
Edward Tyler Nahem, September 27-October 26
Andres Serrano will be forever identified with his controversial Piss Christ, a haunting photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in urine. An exhibition curated by former Artnet editor Walter Robinson brings that famous photograph together with a twenty-five-year overview of Serrano’s varied career.
Diana Al-Hadid: The Vanishing Point
Marianne Boesky, through October 20
Diana Al-Hadid creates surreal, ethereal sculptures using Gothic and Renaissance influences.
Chris Dorland: Permanent Vacation
Winkleman Gallery, through October 20
Chris Dorland’s paintings incorporate stock photography, corporate logos, and the internet.
Top image: Lucas Samaras, XYZ 0926 (Razor Cut), 2012 © Lucas Samaras. Courtesy of Pace Gallery.