Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (10/17)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Richard Hell and Lydia Loveless
“Richard Hell, the punk progenitor of Television and the Voidoids, is owed more than a few bills by the Sex Pistols and the Clash. He hikes uptown to Symphony Space for his “Night Out With” residency, in which he coaxes other avant-garde figures to perform and discuss their art. This week’s guest is the rising punk-influenced alt-country singer Lydia Loveless.” (NYT-Anderson)
At 7:30 p.m./ $32; $20 for 30 and under.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.
212-864-5400 /

THE HIGH LINE OPEN STUDIOS / West Chelsea Arts District (through Oct.19)
Take a self-guided tour of 50 chelsea artists’ work spaces during the annual high line open studios. The artists of High Line Open Studios invite the public to step inside their private studios during our 7th annual artists open studios West Chelsea art tour.

Located in the heart of the West Chelsea Arts district visitors will have exclusive access to over 50 private artists’ studios, and provides the rare opportunity for the public to meet a multitude of artists, to learn about their works, styles and mediums, and to see first-hand those creative spaces generally open exclusively by appointment.

The self guided tour begins at the West Chelsea Arts Building on West 26th Street.
Pick up the MAP and event information in the lobbies at 508 and 526 West 26th St. and begin your artists’ studio tour.
preview + reception 6-8pm friday / FREE

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (
For a complete calendar see:
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC”

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: East 34th Street Ferry Terminal / 12:00
The East 34th St Ferry Terminal is a multi-modal public transit hub linking NYC Citi Bike, NYC MTA, Taxi and Ferry Boat connections between Manhattan and the East River. The Ferry Terminal strengthens the City’s sustainable waterfront transportation system and encourages the public use of Pier 34, the urban riverfront and the adjacent land along […]

AIANY / Classic Harbor Line
AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour / 1:30pm
While circumnavigating Manhattan aboard Classic Harbor Line’s elegant yachts, attendees take in the city’s “starchitecture,” skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan and icons of the East River. AIANY guides discuss historic monuments, waterfront architecture, infrastructure and more. Continuing education credits and additional dates are available.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
Counter Culture: Factory Tour of IceStone / 10:00am
Transforming waste glass into beautiful surface materials has made IceStone a rock star in the green building world, and now you can walk through their manufacturing facility to see how its done. Explore the company’s sustainable operations, from the “Supersacks” of recycled glass to the water recycling system, and learn about IceStone’s innovative social and environmental practices.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater, and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

Current Exhibitions recommended by the NYT critics:

Roxy Paine: ‘Denuded Lens’ (through Oct. 18)
The main attraction is a spectacular, life-size diorama representing an airport security gateway with X-ray machinery, conveyors, plastic bins and so forth, all replicated in wood. Furthermore, it’s all been rendered in perspective: objects get smaller toward the back end, and right angles are skewed so that the whole tableau seems to exist between two and three dimensions. It induces a dreamy, slightly dizzying sensation. Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th Street, 212-680-9889, (Johnson)

Lily van der Stokker: ‘Huh’ (through Oct. 18)
LvdStokker_KoenigClintonInstallationView5_72DPI.-700x539Cartoonish, subversive and irrepressible, the latest painting-drawing-sculpture installation from this ingenious Dutch artist is all Pepto-girly pink and spiced with mixed signals of longing, conflict and complacency. Set in the bathroom — a space shared by home and studio — it meditates on the illusion of equality between the sexes, and artists in general. The resulting mood of asexual delusion is shattered by a single shop sign. Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street, 212-334-9255, (Smith)

Jim Shaw: ‘I Only Wanted You to Love Me’ (through Oct. 25)
MP_SHAW_Install_023This uncannily imaginative Los Angeles painter and sculptor has what the Romantic poet John Keats called negative capability: the ability to be “in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” He also has exceptional drawing and graphic skills, an expansive sense of humor, an acute moral compass and a connoisseurial eye for weird kitsch. This show of dizzyingly complex, Pop-Surrealist, mural-scale paintings is one of his best New York outings ever. Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 212-206-7100, (Johnson)

For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide ( Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar dated (10/15) and (10/13).
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