It’s a big week here in New York! With Frieze Week officially upon us, there is no shortage of events, parties, fairs, and openings to attend. There is so much going this week, it can definitely get a bit overwhelming, so here are our suggestions for must-see events this week. Top photo // Marco Scozzaro


For the Week:

The Fairs!

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It’s a no-brainer but just in case you get too wrapped up in the parties, don’t forget to go to the fairs themselves. Here is our guide to the Frieze Week fairs.


May 2nd

Event: Battleground by Ryan McNamara 


As a part of the Guggenheim’s Works and Process series, Ryan McNamara will be performing his self-described “Cosplay-Battle-Balette” made for the specific architecture of the Guggenheim’s Theater. If you can’t make it on the 2nd, the show will also take place on the 3rd, and 4th and each performance will be followed by a reception with the artists.

The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave. Tickets are required for this event.


May 3rd

Opening: Carmen Herrera: Recent Works at Lisson Gallery


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To inaugurate its first New York space, Lisson Gallery will be exhibiting the work of Carmen Herrera. The show is a great way to improve your knowledge of Herrera’s work, especially for those of you who intend to attend the Whitney Museums solo show of her working the fall.

Lisson Gallery, 504 West 24th St. 


Talk: Soho House & BMW i Art & Design Talk


BMW and Soho House will be hosting a discussion with two great design minds, Nicholas Blechman, Creative Director of The New Yorker and Rob Giampietro, Creative Lead for Google Design. The two men will be discussing the issue “Digitization and Graphic Design: Blessing or Curse”? The discussion will be followed by a cocktail reception in celebration of the Frieze Art Fair.

Soho House New York, 29-35 9th Ave, 7pm-10pm. This event is invitation only.


May 4th

Event: African Film Festival Opening Night Reception & Screening 

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Making it’s New York Premier Tanna by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler will be kicking off the beginning of the African Film Festival at Lincoln Center. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and reception in support of the programs of African Film Festival, Inc.

African Film Festival Screening at Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater at Film Society of Lincoln Center – 165 West 65th Street. This is a ticketed event.


Exhibit: Martin Creed: Understanding

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The Public Art Fund will be launching its newest project, an exhibition entitled Understanding, which features a 25 foot tall rotating red neon sculpture by Martin Creed. The sculpture will be situated in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which means that it will be the perfect opportunity to get some sun and take a break from the hectic week.

The Public Art Fund Understanding, Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6.


May 5th

Party: Martin Creed: Understanding After-Party

Once you’ve done your maxin-relaxin at the park, you will be well rested for the after-party the following day. In celebration of Understanding Red Hook Labs will be hosting the afterparty in their event space.

 Red Hook Labs 133-135 Imlay Street, Brooklyn the party will begin at 9 pm. Invite only.


May 7th

Open House: House Warming Party with the Artists a MONTH2MONTH event

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All month long MONTH2MONTH will be hosting site specific art events in homes all around the city. To kick off the exhibits artists  and organizers of the events, Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida will be presiding over the opening reception festivities. The goal of the events is to take place in both ‘luxury’ and ‘affordable’ New York City apartments, in order to start a dialog of how class, wealth, and social mobility affect people’s ability to live in New York City.

MONTH2MONTH, Address disclosed upon RSVP New York City, New York 10010. All events are open to the public and will be live streamed.