There’s a ton to see this week, so keep your eyes on the prize. The Affordable Art Fair is underway, and for a couple hours tonight, you can get in for free! Also, Columbia University hosts a special one-day exhibition on Andy Warhol’s iconic “15 Minutes” Polaroids. Other weekend highlights include Brooklyn Poets reading series in DUMBO, Gemini & Scorpio’s Swing House party, and Pillow Fight Day! Happy swinging!
Friday, April 4
[Art] Are you ready for you 15 minutes of fame? This evening Columbia University, in conjunction with the Brant Foundation, celebrates Andy Warhol and his legacy with a day-long exhibition of his photography and a public program. This event showcases the University’s collection of Polaroids and black-and-white prints donated by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. At Schermerhorn Hall, (1198 Amsterdam Ave.). At 4:30 p.m., Columbia University, free.
[Art] After the slew of art fairs that zipped by a couple of weeks ago, it’s safe to say we’re ready to buy some art — at a good price. This week’s Affordable Art Fair has plenty of options to make owning an incredible piece of art a bit easier. Some of the highlights includes work by Arizona-based fine art photographer Brooke Shaden, digital artist Kate Gibb (who made a vibrant screen print of a young Mick Jagger), and stunning oil paintings by U.K. artist Garry Pereira. Go tonight between 6 and 8, and you’ll get in for free. At 6 p.m., Manhattan’s Metropolitan Pavilion, free (only tonight).
[Art] WULUN, a New York-based global online art and design, presents Pop-up New Media Art Party featuring the work of a new generation of Chinese artists and designers. Artists featured tonight include Miao Jing, Liu Chang and Yu-ting Feng. These young artists are pioneers in new territories in contemporary art by forging their aesthetic concepts into new media. Attendees meet these talents onsite and interact with several conceptual new media art works. At 6:30 p.m., New School, Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, free.
[Poetry] As we told you earlier this week, it’s National Poetry Month! And we’ll be celebrating all month long. Tonight the Brooklyn Poets Reading Series features poets Kamilah Aisha Moon, Roger Reeves and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang. Enjoy wine, beer, and light refreshments, plus dance party afterwards! At 7:30 p.m., Dumbo Sky, DUMBO, free.
Saturday, April 5
[Recreation] Are you in the mood to gently take out your aggression on strangers? Pillow Fight Day makes that possible, at least for a couple of hours, anyway. This year’s theme is superheros and villains, so come dressed as your favorite character from comic books, movies, anime, the internet, etc. Bring a soft, feather-free pillow, and start swinging (lightly!), when you hear the signal. Have fun! At 3 p.m., Washington Square Park, free.
[Talk/Dance] Danspace Project hosts a panel on how sound heightens a performance, and the music element in general. Planned discussion points include: How do the invisible strains of sound, of noise, of music, inhabit the spaces and compositions of dance; and What other apparitions haunt these many sonic terrains? Working with a new, more intimate format, this conversation is moderated by Jenn Joy with Miguel Gutierrez, Kelly Kivland, and Mika Tajima. At 3 p.m., St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, free.
[Art] Here’s something fun and for a good cause, too: a benefit exhibition and sale of art to raise funds for CalArts, the renowned West Coast art school. Find works at Metro Pictures and Paula Cooper Gallery by Lynda Benglis, Judy Chicago, Liz Glynn, and many more. About an hour into the evening, the collective My Barbarian, now performing at the Whitney Biennial, and a group of opera singers pick guests up from Metro Pictures and lead them through the streets of Chelsea to the Paula Cooper Gallery for more drinking and merriment. —Angela Ashman. At 6:30 p.m, Paula Cooper Gallery, free.
[Party] What’s better than a regular old party? A secret party, of course. The sparkly ladies of Gemini & Scorpio invite you to an undisclosed Brooklyn loft for Swing House, a throwback to the speakeasy gatherings of the 1920s. The party begins with an introductory dance class for swing basics, live music by a six-piece French-Latin-American jazz ensemble, burlesque dancers, and a DJ set by Grant Lazlo. Don’t forget to bob your hair or put on a vintage three-piece suit — authentic 1920s dress is required. At 9 p.m., RSVP for location, Brooklyn, $10 after 1 a.m.
Sunday, April 6
[Art] The MOCCA Arts Fest returns this weekend, its corridors lined with fresh work from iconoclast graphic storytellers and featuring such accomplished guests as Howard Cruise (Stuck Rubber Baby), Alison Bechdel (Fun Home), Fiona Staples (Saga), and Robert Williams (Juxtapoz). Attendees can dig into a discussion of comics in protest movements, watch live cartooning to musical accompaniment, and find out about the cartoonists featured in the legendary 1913 Armory show. Just look for good ol’ Charlie Brown floating above the armory, making a rare appearance outside of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. —Rob Staeger At 11 a.m., 69th Regiment Armory, $5.
[Art/Recreation] Is it an exhibition? A retail store? A gym? DISown: Not for Everyone is all of those things and more. Artist Lizzie Fitch’s “retail installation” at Red Bull Studios New York offers products for sale by artist Ryan Trecartin, fashion label Hood by Air, and artist-filmmaker Jon Rafman, among others, and a playground for shoppers with rope courses, a giant hammock, and rock-climbing walls. But beware: Dressing rooms are specifically described as “anti-privacy.” DIS and Agatha Wara curate the consumerist workout. This installation ends today. —Angela Ashman. At noon, Red Bull Studios New York, free.