IDEAS CITY bills itself as a “biennial Festival in New York City of conferences and workshops, with an innovative StreetFest centered around the Bowery.” Founded by the New Museum in 2011, the festival stretches over 4 days, including dozens of events and sponsored tie-ins, all of them geared toward the preservation – and proliferation – of the arts.
The theme of this year’s festival is Untapped Capital, with participants focusing on how major cities can utilize untapped resources to improve overall access to – and quality of – art-based initiatives. Among the more notable events:
- An Entire Series of Moderated Discussions (@ the New Museum, ongoing through Saturday afternoon). Covering everything from funding to photography, the New Museum is sponsoring an entire 3-day schedule of roundtable discussions. Please note: Most sessions take place during the morning and afternoon hours.
- Mayoral Panel (Tonight, 7:30-9, @ Cooper Union). Featuring past and present mayors from Miami, FL; Lexington, KY; Nashville, TN, and even a former deputy mayor from Paris. Members of the panel will discuss various strategies they’ve used to promote the arts throughout their regions. Online ticket sales are closed, but $15 tickets will still be made available at the door.
- Mulberry Fest (Saturday, 8-11 pm, Mulberry Street). Saturday night, IDEAS CITY takes over an entire stretch of Mulberry, offering everything from a mini roller rink to a public light installation. Most of the festivities are free, and there are several different bars and restaurants for food and drink along the way.
(IDEAS CITY runs through Saturday night in and around the East Village, with a specific concentration on the Bowery. For a full list of events, click here.)
Five More For The Offing:
- A Sport For Every Girl by Jefferson R. Burdick @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Free with suggested donation, through 7/7, Gallery 773, 82nd Street at 5th Avenue)
- Entre Deux Mondes by Phillipe Charles Jacquette @ Axelle Fine Arts Galerie (Free, through 5/26, 472 West Broadway)
- Mixed Messages by Alan Peckolick @ Atlantic Gallery (Free, through 5/24, 548 West 28th Street, Suite 540)
- And Europe Will Be Stunned by Yael Bartana @ Friedrich Petzel Gallery (Free, through 5/4, 456 West 18th Street)
- Somewhere Now by Canan Tolon @ Von Lintel Gallery (Free, through 5/25, 520 West 23rd Street)