The Daily Shortlist May 6

Ash Wednesday by Anthony Goicolea (b. 1971). Photo courtesy Postmasters Gallery, New York

Location: Midtown West, NYC
Art: Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger
Show time: Sun thru Sat 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Venue: American Folk Art Museum
Food: Zip Burger
Drink: Subway Inn
Miscellaneous: Kinokuniya Bookstore

Self-taught artist Henry Darger (1892-1973), created nearly 300 watercolor and collage paintings to illustrate his epic masterpiece, The Story of the Vivian Girls. This show features 11 artists’ works, including Darger’s, which were inspired by his art, and the idiosyncrasies of this self-taught master. At Zip Burger they offer farm-raised, organic, and grass-fed meat and poultry, letting you build your own burger with plenty of gourmet toppings. The first time I went to Subway Inn I thought it was completely strange that there was a dive bar off Lexington Avenue, especially in this neck of the woods, but somehow it works. Born in the 30s, this bar has somehow remained, and thank god, as it’s easily the cheapest place in the area for a drink. For fans of Japanese pop-culture, Kinokuniya Bookstore has a large selection of Japanese themed books, videos, CDs, magazines, comics, and stationary.

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