Although Randall’s Island is the epicenter of everything related to Frieze Art Fair, several galleries, museums, and art organizations throw some of hottest parties, openings, and events all over New York City. Below you’ll find Jae Joseph’s curated list of what to pop into. You may even rub elbows with some of the top art publicists and discover new happenings.
* artwork by Sham Blair
Tuesday 3 May
Aby Rosen x Artsy Cocktail
Barbara Nessim: 60s to Now
Private Salon f. Nomi Ruiz
DKNY x New Museum x W Party
Wednesday 4 May
Pablo Atchugarry: Invocations of the Soul
Press Dinner & Tour
The Cultivist One Year Anniversary Party
Founded one year ago, art-world concierge service Cultivist celebrates its birthday by having Mickalene Thomas, Shinique Smith, Hank Willis Thomas, Sanford Biggers, and others to face off in an epic poetry showdown. Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Mike Kelley Foundation prize-winning artist Eduardo Sarabia will judge.
Edition x Whitewall Magazine launch of Whitewaller Mobile App for Frieze New York
Thursday 5 May
Tumblr Talk: Closing The Gender Gap
In conversation with Mickalene Thomas and Charles Harbison, moderated by Emil Wilbekin
Surface x Phillips Talk with Hank Willis Thomas, Sanford Biggers and Arnold Lehman
1:54 Contemporary Art Fair Vernissage
TikiTabu Opening Party and Cinco De Mayo Party Hosted by Jae Joseph and Lars Peterson
Friday 6 May
Surface x Alex da Corte Digital Photo Booth
Noel Grunwaldt + Richard Prince Dance Party
Richard Prince’s annual Frieze Week dance party, which he co-hosts with his wife, artist Noel Grunwaldt, will feature a performance by genre-bending artist and DJ collective Thievery Corporation, whose 1998 single “Lebanese Blonde” featured memorably on the soundtrack to Zach Braff’s 2004 film Garden State.
Saturday 7 May
Design Within Reach NYCxDesign Kickoff Party
Rashaad Newsome: STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE!
Cocktails & Conversation w/Newsome, Jasmine Wahi, and surprise performance
Night at the Museum
MoMA PS1 will open its doors for a unique, late-night celebration of current exhibitions and Frieze New York: featuring artist 8:00 pm–midnight to experience MoMA PS1 by moonlight featuring Cao Fei, Projects 103: Thea Djordjadze, Rodney McMillian: Landscape Paintings, and Lionel Maunz.