5 Must See Art-Events in New York This Week

From Basquiat's queer identity to a wild night at MoMA PS1.

Image: Courtesy Ayakamay.

 Monday February,  1st: 

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat.

1. Basquiat and Contemporary Queer Art:
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will host a conversation with Kim Drew (aka @MuseumMammy), cultural studies professor David Clinton Wills and artist Juliana Huxtable, among others, regarding the life and legacy of late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd.)
Price: Free, seating is based on first come first served.
Time: 6:30 pm

Tuesday, February 2nd 

Georgia Sagri, my first science fiction book, Religion, 2015, KW Contemporary, Berlin. Courtesy the artist; Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; and Lars Friedrich Gallery, Berlin.

Georgia Sagri, my first science fiction book, Religion, 2015, KW Contemporary, Berlin. Courtesy the artist; Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London; and Lars Friedrich Gallery, Berlin.

2. The Eccentrics Performance Program:
Greek artist Georgia Sagri is next in an ongoing performance series at the Sculpture Center. Sagri’s will activate the space by interacting with the sculptural pieces in the exhibition that is currently on view.

Location: Sculpture Center (44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City)
Price: Tickets are free, however limited and must be reserved in advance.
Time: 7 pm

Thursday February, 4th

Image: Courtesy Ayakamay.

Image: Courtesy Ayakamay.

3.”Genderless” Performance:
Japanese American performance artist Ayakamay will invite audience members to cut her hair in a performance kicking off her latest show at Leslie+Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art titled “Genderless”. In an interview with artnet News, the artist confesses, “I’m trapped in my own gender; I cannot escape.”

She remixes images of herself for the exhibition, which is inspired by Japanese Noh masks and Western death masks. “I am taking off my mask at the opening,” she says.

Location: Prince St. Project Space (127-B Prince Street, Manhattan)
Price: Free
Time: 6 pm (The exhibition is on view from February 5-9, 2016.)

Friday, February 5th 

MoMA PS1. Photo: Courtesy MoMA PS1.

MoMA PS1.
Photo: Courtesy MoMA PS1.

4. Stay up late at MoMa Ps1:
For the second annual Night at the Museum hosted by MoMa PS1, the doors will stay open to see the current exhibition, Greater New York. The VW dome in the courtyard will be turned into a lounge so vistors can eat, drink, and mingle.

Location: MoMa PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City)
Price: Tickets $12 in advance and $15 at the door
Time: 8 pm

 

Saturday, February 6 

The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum.

5.Radical Black History at the Brooklyn Museum:
For February’s edition of First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, there will be a series of events centered around and celebrating Black History Month. Events include music by Charles Perry, a performance by The New Black Fest, called HANDS UP: 7 Testaments, a series of monologues by emerging black playwrights exploring their experiences with racial profiling, as well as workshops, and a film screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015).

Location:  Brooklyn  Museum ( 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn)
Price: Free
Time: 5 pm


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