I know, maybe a confusing headline, but there are 3 unrelated city-wide art events in NYC this weekend and I’m lumping them altogether here. Everyone complains that art is for the elite few but this proves the naysayers a little wrong. If you're in New York City, get out and see some stuff... or don't.
Printed Matter Presents The NY Art Book Fair
This year’s fair will haves over 350 booksellers, artists, institutions, and independent publishers from 28 countries, with an expected attendance of 27,000+ people. Last night, the preview featured a live set by Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and James Nares of The Del-Byzanteens, with a book signing by Thurston of his new book of lyrics “The Best Day”, published by Ecstatic Peace Library.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY, FREE
Friday, September 26, 12–7PM
Saturday, September 27, 11PM–9PM
Sunday, September 28, 11AM–7PM
DUMBO Arts Festival
It’s the largest free art event in New York City with over 100 open studios, 50 galleries, and a bunch of performances and projects in between York Street and the waterfront in DUMBO. The festival’s main attraction will be a projection on the Manhattan Bridge. Language programmer Daniel Temkin collaborated with photographer Rony Maltz using the bridge as a backdrop for an installation called Borges: The Complete Works, which compiles every single word written by the Argentine short-story writer Jorge Luis Borges, 135,000 characters in total, and puts it in a word search. You can view the digital board with the letters and circle words they find which are then projected onto the bridge for everyone to view. Not sure how that works exactly –and it seems a bit like Scrabble in 3D, but no judgement. It’s free, after all.
The Affordable Art Fair
It is just what it sounds like, an art fair that’a affordable and my experience is that the art is usually just that – fair. This year it features 48 exhibitors, mostly from the U.S. and U.K., with a wide range of artworks for sale for from between $100 and $10,000. Tickets are $15 online or $20 in person for a one day pass.
The Tunnel, W 26th & 10th Avenue
Friday, September 26th, 6-9PM
Saturday, September 27th, Noon-9PM
Sunday, September 28th, Noon-6PM