This art doesn’t work 9-5. All summer long, there’s free all-night screenings of Christian Marclay’s The Clock, a slumber party at the Rubin, and after-hours concerts at New York museums and art spaces. And for those in the know, museums keep their doors open to the jostling late night crowds at least once a week anytime of year. Now, go forth and do art after happy hour!
MUSEUM NIGHT OWLS
Most Chelsea galleries cut back their hours during the summer, but these museums and art spaces stay open late all year long. Pro: late-nights are usually free. Con: late-nights are crowded, and full of couples taking advantage of a cheap date night. Whatever, you’re probably doing the same thing, too!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Open until 9 PM on Fridays and Saturdays
Open until 8:00 PM Thursdays and Fridays (Thursdays from July 5—August 30)
Museum of the Moving Image
Open until 8 PM on Fridays
Open until 9 PM on Thursdays
The Whitney Museum of American Art
Open until 9 PM on Fridays
ART WHILE THE WORLD SLEEPS
Christian Marclay’s The Clock at Lincoln Center
July 13—August 1
Open from 8 AM—10 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays
Runs continuously from Fridays at 8 AM through Sundays at 10 PM
The Clock is back in New York! People love this 24 hour-long art film made up of clips from Hollywood movies. Last spring, when Paula Cooper screened it, people braved hour-long lines just to get inside the Chelsea gallery. Despite the crowds, the film didn’t lose any fans. It’s difficult to count just how much praise the work received, like Jerry Saltz’s crazy-in-love description of The Clock as “maybe the best picture ever.” It won the 2011 Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale, too. This time around, we’ll see if the film still lives up to the hype.
Rubin Museum of Art’s “The Dream-Over”
Open July 21—July 22
Last year, the Rubin Museum hosted a slumber party in the museum, full of adults curled up in sleeping bags in the art galleries.They’re doing it a second time, but it seems like the event’s a little too popular—it’s already sold out. If you’re dying to dream while art watches you, check back with the museum the day of for last-minute tickets.
LATE NIGHT SCREENINGS AND PARTIES
Dirty Looks: On Location
Screening times and locations vary each night
Dirty Looks is a big fucking deal—literally. It’s so big, it’s spreading its limbs across the city every single night in July, and at a different locations each time. Every single night in July, Dirty Looks will screen a queer video or film at bars, art spaces, hotels, and other locations that have ties to the city’s gay history, past or present. There's films by Charles Atlas for the art folks, John Waters for the campsters, and Derek Jarman for the ultra-depressives. Yep. July just got really gay.
Shut Up and Play the Hits at the Museum of the Moving Image
Wednesday, July 18, 7 PM and 9:30 PM
Tickets: $15 public / $9 Museum members
Why did LCD Soundsystem’s frontman James Murphy quit the band at the height of his career? A ton of people are still sour about the disbanding of our generation’s Talking Heads, and Shut Up and Play the Hits, the forthcoming LCD Soundsystem documentary seeks to shore up some holes. It’s mixes concert footage from LCD Soundsystem’s last performance with interviews. The Museum of the Moving Image is one of the few, lucky places in New York showing Shut Up and Play the Hits before it goes into wide-release at movie theaters later this summer. Yay, museums!
MoMA PS1 Warm Up
Every Saturday through September 8
Okay, 9 PM isn’t too late, but dusk will feel like midnight after you’ve been outside for yours in the sun, raving it up at MoMA PS1 during their all-day outdoor concert series. Upcoming concerts include Jamie XX (August 4) and a fuckload of bands I don’t know anything about because I’m not cool enough to have heard of them yet. Warm Up is full of baggy tanktop-wearing dudes and pale, skinny girls swaying to electro, rap, or some gothcore. Everyone here is hipper than you, but they’re all covered in that great equalizer—sweat.
Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton Storefront Display
1 East 57th St
Gigantic black dots are covering the walls of the 5th Ave. Louis Vuitton store, and its storefront display windows are now home to some really creepy wax figurines of artist Yayoi Kusama. Vuitton collaborated with Kusama on a line of dot-covered clothes and accessories, released just last week at the same time as the dotty artist’s solo show at the Whitney. The storefront’s already become a street-stopping sensation for tourists trying to figure out if these are mannequins or a real person. They're mannequins, you idiots!