You can't spell "party" without "art"! If you're looking to celebrate this weekend surrounded by the work of extraordinary artists, opportunity abounds. We've rounded up our favorite events from coast to coast—including a few affairs featuring some 20x200 artists! Check out our picks to pack your weekend with even more of the finest art fiestas. – Team 20x200
Whitney Museum Block Party
The Whitney Museum has finally arrived in Chelsea! Its new, long-awaited home on the High Line opens its doors to the public this weekend. Housed in a brand new building designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, the museum will be free and open to the public on Saturday, May 2nd (as in: today!) Plus there's a Block Party packed with performances, booths, activities, and more. Don't live in NYC? You can explore the new digs in this online tour.
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Art Market San Francisco
All of SF is abuzz with arty events this weekend, the biggest of which is Art Market San Francisco. This fair certainly has a distinct West Coast flavor, but the roster features an impressive array of galleries from all over the world as well. Don't miss our very own William Swanson's gorgeous original paintings, on view at the always-excellent Eleanor Harwood's booth, as well as Jessica Snow at Traywick Contemporary. The fair has partnered with city art museums to bring thousands of visitors a wide selection of programs including talks and tours by exhibitors, collectors, and designers AND there are some very cool satellite fairs happening this weekend as well. Last but not least? Plenty of parties—before, during, and after.
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Open any high-profile magazine nowadays and you're bound to see a photo taken by Landon Nordeman. Open any high-profile magazine nowadays and you're bound to see a photo taken by Landon Nordeman. He has a keen ability to capture the quirk and revelry of the party scene perfectly. His work in The New Yorker's feature on the Whitney Museum private opening is a testament to this talent. Another notable spread is his "Star Wars' Leading Ladies" series in Vogue—an insider's look into a very different kind of party.
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Victoria Smith's New Book
Taking her online success to printed matter, SF Girl by Bay blog queen and 5+5 contributor Victoria Smith just released her first book—See San Francisco—this week. A complete neighborhood-by-neighborhood look into the city by the bay, this insider's guide is complemented by Smith's gorgeous shots of the city's nooks and crannies. Snatch up a copy (an Amazon #1 bestseller!) and put San Francisco in the palm of your hands.
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Hiro Kurata's Solo Exhibition
If you're in the Morris/Lakeside, Connecticut area, make sure to swing by The Gallery to view Hiro Kurata's new show, Oh Yes We Did. A truly funky combination of Eastern and Western art influences—with a lot of baseball themes—Kurata's process was caught on video. On view until May 23, there's plenty of time to journey and take in the artist's commentary on the effects of urbanization.
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