Editors’ Picks: 5 Great Art and Design Events This Week
While Monday was a rainy one in New York, it did, in fact, bring a rainbow—at least of the man-made variety—with the opening of Color Factory in Hudson Square. Guaranteed to be equally vibrant is MoMA PS1’s “Night at the Museum” party, which the institution is hosting on Thursday night and which only ends when the clock strikes 12. If you’re looking for something with a bit more flair, “Geanpoint” at the Wythe Hotel might be a good candidate; the denim-focused showcase of Brooklyn-based fashion designers will be accompanied by an art installation by the talented Amanda Browder.
For our complete curated list of all the best events this week, read on.
1. Color Factory
Based on the phenomenon of the same name that sold out in San Francisco last summer, Color Factory comes to Manhattan with 20,000 square feet of participatory installations spanning the color spectrum. With artists and creatives like Leah Rosenberg, Tamara Shopsin, and Jon Burgerman on board and support from community partner Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the show is certain to enchant and delight.
Where: 251 Spring Street
When: Opens August 20
2. “Night at the Museum” Party
MoMA PS1’s intriguing Hide & Seek installation and other galleries will be staying open until midnight in celebration of the closing of several shows, with music by DJ br0nz3_g0dd3ss and a performance by Dynamic Diplomats of Double Dutch. For refreshments, enjoy frozen cocktails, lobster rolls, and fresh oysters by M. Wells Snack Bar. Exhibitions closing include “Reza Abdoh, Julia Phillips: Failure Detection,” “Projects 108: Gauri Gill,” “Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan,” and multiple others. Tickets are $15; get yours here.
Where: MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
When: Thursday, August 23, 8 p.m.–midnight
Brooklyn-based fashion companies Cousin Sandals, Goldie’s Natural Beauty, Erin Louise Clancy, Mahps Vintage, and Loren Kathe (earth_trauma) will feature their best and latest work in a showcase of top Brooklyn design. Also present will be Merica Lee Jeans, consisting of raw Japanese denim, and BLKSMTH Denim Company, premium jeans crafted by Loren Cronk. Also on view will be an installation by Amanda Browder.
Where: Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
When: Pop-up shop hours: August 24–26, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Launch party: August 24, 6–10 p.m.
4. Kenny Schachter: Retrospective
Kenny Schachter is known for penning must-read disquisitions on art world events and the power players who drive them. But lesser known is the fact that he illustrates many of those pieces with his own work. Now is your chance to see the photo illustrations by the celebrated art writer, lecturer, curator, and dealer when they go on view at the Hamptons-based Rental Gallery, the Long Island iteration of a gallery launched by Joel Mesler in 2004 in L.A. with the aim of connecting art communities in New York and the West Coast.
Where: Rental Gallery (upstairs), East Hampton
When: Opening reception: August 25, 6–8 p.m.; on view through October 31. Summer hours: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and by appointment. Closed Tuesdays
5. Closing: Rammellzee: Racing for Thunder
Red Bull Arts
It’s the final week to see Rammellzee’s exhibition at Red Bull Arts, which will be on view through Sunday. The New York–based artist worked across disciplines, from hip-hop to graffiti, and his two iconic bodies of work—Letter Racers and Garbage Gods—are as embedded in the identity of New York City streets as they are in movements like Italian Futurism.
Where: Red Bull Arts, 220 West 18th Street
When: On view through Sunday, August 26. Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 12–7 p.m.